I was researching on the web for food places within walking distance from my hotel in Shinjuku and stumbled upon this Japanese Sweets shop, which was established in May 1948 and is known for their dorayaki (pancake filled with a sweet red bean paste and is a favourite food of Doraemon).
Looking at the display in the shop window, they even sell a giant-sized dorayaki!
The next picture was taken at about 6:20pm, when most people would be looking for a place for dinner instead of having sweets/desserts, thus the place was relatively empty. I’ve heard that it can be quite crowded during the day!
We had already made prior dinner reservations at 8:40pm, so this was dessert before dinner! If you are undecided about what to order, or want to try more items, there’s actually a mini set of 3 desserts (take your pick from a list of 20) but we weren’t sure if it would spoil our appetites for dinner, so we just went with the dorayaki.
Sencha with cream-filled Dorayaki
Matcha with cream-filled Dorayaki
The dorayaki in both the pictures above are identical, it’s just the drinks which are different. Matcha by itself is bitter but it went very well with the dorayaki which is sweet, so the combination of both was perfect! The pancake was nice and soft and the red bean filling was made using plump red beans, which were very fragrant and flavourful. I’m not usually a fan of red beans but I love the beans that went into making this dessert! They were cooked perfectly and were not mushy and neither were they hard.
Fresh cream is used and here’s a peek at what’s between the pancake layers…
Verdict: Having eaten the dorayaki, I finally understand why most of the customers of this sweets shop highly recommend this traditional Japanese dessert!
Japanese Sweets Tokiya 甘味喫茶「時屋」
Shinjuku Odakyu HALC 1F
東京都新宿区西新宿１－５－１ 新宿小田急ハルク 1F
Mon-Fri： 11:00～21:30 (Last Order 21:00)
Sat-Sun & holidays： 11:00～20:00 (Last Order 19:30)
2 minute walk from the JR Shinjuku Station West Exit
2 minute walk from the Metro Shinjuku Station, Exit B18