Desserts Galore at Takano Fruit Parlour in Tokyo, Japan

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012

I’ve never been a chocolate fan.  If you slid a slice of black forest cake or a propped a stack of brownies in front of me, I might take a bite or two.  I will, however, unabashedly face-plant into any dessert made with fresh, seasonal fruit.  Add whipped cream or a fluffy mousse and I’m all yours.

Takano in Tokyo is the ultimate mecca for fruity dessert lovers. You may have seen the ridiculously pristine fruit wrapped in glamorous packaging that sells for an arm and a leg.  Chances are, you were looking at Takano’s prized produce.

Dessert display at Takano Fruit Parlour in Tokyo Japan by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Jewelery store-like display for desserts

Unlike most commercial grocery stores that carry fruit with the longest shelf life, Takano never compromises flavour or quality.  In truth, they take perfection so seriously that any fruit with blemish goes out the door.  The fruit here is simply superior inside and out.

Of course, the issues of food waste and excessive packaging all came to mind.  What visitors should bear in mind is these luxury fruits are usually gifted.  They are saved for special occasions and it’s a part of the culture, if that’s any comfort.  For me, Takano is more a gallery than store that uses fruit as an art medium.

Cake display at Takano Fruit Parlour in Tokyo Japan by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

More cakes. It's strawberry season, as you can tell.

There are branches throughout Tokyo but I recommend visiting the Shinjuku flagship location.  The “fruit parlour” consists of a packaged fruit level and a bottom level dedicated to cakes, desserts, a juice bar, and a take-out counter.

I appreciate how dedicated they are to seasonality.  In fact, the recipes in the cookbook I purchased from them is divided by season.  I still need to have it translated :)

Perfect melons at Takano Fruit Parlour in Tokyo Japan by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Nice melons! $200+ US is a bit steep, no?

While you’re here, you absolutely must go to the café on the 5th floor.  That afternoon, the spacious room was packed and buzzed with conversation.  Listen carefully and one would only hear female voices.  Not surprisingly, the whole café was filled with women and the odd boyfriend or husband that stuck out like sore thumbs.  It felt surreal, but also amusing.

Cafe upstairs  at Takano Fruit Parlour in Tokyo Japan by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

The Takano Café attracts the ladies. I can imagine a guy going up to a table and say, "hey baby, can I buy you a parfait?"

The menu was filled with stunningly, hyper photogenic desserts.  During our visit, it was strawberry and mango season.  After much contemplation, I decided on a delightful strawberry parfait with strawberry sponge cake and jelly, pistachio cream, and fresh mango slices.

Strawberry mango dessert at Takano Fruit Parlour in Tokyo Japan by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

My gorgeous and delectable strawberry parfait

Call me crazy but I loved this place so much that I lined up for the buffet the morning before we left Tokyo.  I then discovered where the blemished fruit went and it was fine with me, as long as I could eat as much as I wanted.

Strawberry mango dessert at Takano Fruit Parlour in Tokyo Japan by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Yup, I savoured every juicy bite. I let my husband sample a little ;)

So there you are.  If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss this spot when you travel to Tokyo.

Read more about our honeymoon in Asia.

 

Takano Fruit Parlour

Main Shinjuku Shop and Café

160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿3-26-11

 

 

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  • Wasabiprime

    Beautiful – I do love the way fresh, seasonal fruit is elevated to such a treasured status in Japan. Fruit is both sweet and uniquely flavorful, with a freshness that other desserts can never quite achieve, what a wonderful place!

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Thanks, darling. I really admire their dedication too. I just wish I could justify paying an arm and a leg every time I saw the gem-like fruits.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cakewhiz cake whiz

    i can’t live without chocolate…lol. i do like fruits but i think i like chocolate more!

    this place is gorgeous… there are soooo many desserts! thanks for sharing these pictures!

    -Abeer @ http://www.cakewhiz.com

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Haha… we won’t fight over the same things then. One thing I can’t stand is chocolate covered fruit *shiver*
    Thanks for dropping by and for the kind words xo