Whenever I miss Tokyo, which seems to be a weekly feeling, this specialist Wagashi (Japanese confectionery) shop is where I go. Not only is it authentic in its produce, the staff are all Japanese and I enjoy the opportunity to practice my Japanese with native speakers, who are polite enough not to mock me…
Served with complimentary green tea, Minamoto Kitchoan offers an array of Japanese treats for every palette. Pictured above is the classic Tsuya (two fluffy pancakes filled with sweetened azuki beans) and Shirogasane (similar pancakes filled with green tea paste). For anybody who has visited Japan, the Mayfair prices will shock you: £2 for 1 piece of mochi! Who on earth eats just 1 piece? Not me, that’s for sure. That said, life is about enjoying yourself and I will happily pay for my favourite Yatsuhashi – less expensive than a return ticket to Kyoto! The Japanese excel at presentation as is evident with the exquisite packaging, making for a lovely present.
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