Crepe: Crepe Ojisan
Crepe: Angels Heart
Miso-pan & Curry-pan: Anzerika
(☞ﾟ∀ﾟ)☞ JAPAN 2013 MASTERPOST
For all the sweets in Japan, we didn't really have too many and, when we did, they were usually shared
ANGELS HEART (HARAJUKU)
I'm not going to lie - I find crepes slightly overrated in general (but especially some Western sweet crepes, which involves a thin layer of Nutella spread over a crepe and costs $8AUD).
Japanese crepes are slightly more substantial but the bulk of the crepes' content, especially from Harajuku, comes from the copious amounts of whipped cream that they use. While Japanese cream is slightly lighter than Western cream, I don't like whipped cream so the crepes usually taste too 'heavy' for me.
We had a new trainee make the crepe at Angels Heart, which is apparently one of the oldest crepe stalls in Harajuku's Takeshita-dori. Perhaps I'm just getting old, grumpy and health conscious but this is an example of the 'too much whipped cream' specimen: you get one piece of cheesecake and a light sprinkling of chocolate and Oreo bits and the rest is just whipped cream until kingdom come...and the whole thing is very filling, almost shockingly so.
V and I both skipped dinner after eating one crepe each at around 5:30PM and didn't feel hungry at all. Definitely only an occasional treat, for the health conscious.
Angels Heart Takeshita-dori, Harajuku
Crepe Ojisan was slightly better in the whipped cream ratio and actually offered more substantial apple mash and sauce, with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream so the cream was less prominent. We did have to wait awhile since there was only one girl managing the entire store, which also had a selection of bubble tea on offer. I'd really recommend getting ice-cream with any crepe you order.
We dropped into Anzerika purely as an afterthought, on the way home from Shimokita, after hearing a vague mention of 'miso' buns, which the store was apparently famous for.
Entering the rustic, cutely decorated but small bakery, I asked offhandedly whether I was able to take photos inside and ended up striking up a conversation with the amazingly lovely obaa-san shopowner who told us about her granddaughter, who's studying in Melbourne. Smiling and hospitable, she was the quintessential 'kindly grandmother' figure - moving about the shop with the energy of someone decades younger.
Before we knew it, she had offered us some small samples of her shop's baked goods and we had left with a miso bun each. We pulled the bun out of the paper bag as we exited the store and each took a bite halfway down a small Shimokita lane.
We looked at each other.
"I want to go back for another one," I said.
"It'll be awkward."
"...let's go anyway."
I can't really describe the miso bun. It's subtly sweet with the tiniest edge of savouriness but not excessively so and surprisingly filling. We sheepishly shuffled back into the store and asked for two more buns and obaa-chan managed to shove us half a curry bun (the store's other specialty) before we left. For someone who doesn't usually like curry, the filling is very aromatic and not very spicy and the light dusting of bread crumbs on the fried outer casing makes for a great combination of textures.
We waited until we got to Shimokita station before trying that one or, otherwise, there would have been a third visit back.
Anzerika (アンゼリカ) TripAdvisor website 2-19-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan