We went down to check it out and tickle our tastebuds!

Häagen-Dazs is big in Japan, regularly delivering Japanese-style flavours in its ice cream range such as Orange Sweet Potato, Japanese Citrus, and Condensed Milk and Brown Sugar.

And now Häagen-Dazs has taken it a step further. The Häagen-Daza Sabo (teahouse) has opened for a limited time in Tokyu Plaza Ginza Sukiyabashi Sado from April 18 to May 6. They offer traditional Japanese sweet ingredients like anko beans, yuba soymilk skin, and shiratama sticky rice dumplings.

We’ve been looking forward to this for a while, so we absolutely had to check it out!

From eight menu choices,we ordered the Häagen-Dazs dorayaki (red-bean-stuffed pancake), the ichigo (strawberry) “soup”, and the mascarpone parfait with green tea, as well as a pot of actual tea.

First things first, the tea! We ordered the “cocoa kinako (roasted soybean flour) hoji” tea. It’s a type of hojicha (roasted tea) that has the scent of cocoa.

The dorayaki stuffed-pancake was served with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, strawberries, sweet red bean paste, and ume plum/strawberry sauce.

Branded with the company logo for that Instagram appeal, of course!

We loved the airy and stylish interior of the cafe.

Next up, the parfait. The mascarpone parfait with green tea contains matcha, mascarpone cream, black beans, sticky rice dumplings, and crumbled karinto, which is a type of fried black-sugar snack.

Check out that sophisticated sprinkling of gold leaf on top, too!

The ichigo soup consists of strawberry puree with amazake, a kind of sweet rice porridge-like drink, strawberry ice cream, and strawberry slices.

The cafe should definitely appeal to those with sophisticated-yet-sweet-loving palates, and the range certainly does an excellent job of presenting traditional Japanese dessert elements in a fresh, modern way.

And considering Häagen-Dazs claimed two out of five positions in our top five ice creams in Japan, we have a feeling they’ll be coming up with new ways to tantalize for years to come!

Häagen-Dazs Sabo / ハーゲンダッツ茶房
Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Ginza 5-2-1, Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 6th floor (part of Sukibayashi Sabo)
東京都中央区銀座5-2-1 東急プラザ銀座6階 「数寄屋橋茶房」内
Open April 18-May 6
Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Monday-Saturday), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sunday, holidays)

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