Tokyo | a tes souhaits アテスウェイ
a tes souhaits is ranked at No.1 among all the cake shops in Tokyo, yes, the review is even much higher than the famous Pierre Herme, Aoki, Hidemi Sugino. Visited: Dec.5th.2014
a tes souhaits locates in Ogkuibo/Kichijoji (西荻窪/吉祥寺) area, which is a residential suburb in Tokyo. Chef Hideki Kawamura is a award-wining pastry chef, who has won several baking competitions in Japan and France, as well as being an accomplished cookbook author.
There's no dine-in area in the little cake shop, but even on a weekday afternoon during the freezing winter, the queue was quite long. And we noticed that most of the guests were Japanese.
Tarte aux Fruit タルトオフリュイ (JPY 500) The mixed fruit tat has a tender, golden-crisp tart base,buttery and was not hard nor overly sweet. We didn't got the famous Mont Blanc as it has been sold out, but got one with similar chestnut cream - Baba aux Rhum, a small yeast cake saturated in hard liquor, usually rum, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. The rum flavor was lovely and paired well with the seasonal cherry liquior. It not common to see the combination of Baba aux Rhum and chestnut cream, but it works! The chestnut cream was high in flavor, very smooth but not overly sweet.The entire cup was really impressive.
Praline Pamplemousse was a seasonal product, which was basically a grapefruit mousse. Usually when mentioned mousse, people would think of 'heavy', 'fatty' these kinds of words, but this piece would change your view for mousse. It was a bit sour and very refreshing, the texture was smooth and light, the cake in between was fluffy, with layers of chocolate, the entire combination was perfect.
Gateau Graise ガトーフレーズ (JPY 530) is one of the most famous cake here. The sponge cake itself was incredibly soft and fluffy, the egg flavor was really lovely. The cream in between was made of fresh Hokkaido milk and perfectly whipped, it was so real and soon melt-in-my-mouth. The best strawberry shortcake so far.
a tes souhaits is definitely a must-try place in Tokyo if you love desserts, all the cakes we tried were PERFECT. The only thing you have to aware of if you are not a local: there's no dine-in area at a tes souhaits, neither any cafes nearby. There are two tables in the shop front if you don't mind to eat and facing so many people in the queue. Anyway for the quality of the cakes, it is definitely worth the detour to Kichijoji.
a tes souhaits アテスウェイ
Address: 東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺東町3-8-8 カサ吉祥寺２
3-8-8 Kichijoji Higashi-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00～19:00 Close on Mondays