It’s really nice to finally have a good dessert place in my neighborhood. There are plenty of cafés and bakeries but none of them stand out like Patisserie Tomoko. I’ve been wanting to visit ever since it opened but it’s a bit of a walk and the weather was warm enough over the weekend to allow for an excursion.
Once inside, the space is divided into two sections with an open kitchen right in the center. There are seats around the counter for dining in to the left and a takeaway area to the right. I took a seat at the back and studied the short menu. It is a dessert prix-fixe: one dessert with petits fours. There is also a premium set which comes with an additional starter. I asked about the starter and decided it wasn’t for me so I ordered the standard set and a pot of tea. Wine pairings are also available and suggestions are listed below each item on the menu.
The dessert that stood out to me was the Pear Mille-feuille with Earl Grey Ice Cream. I cannot say no to pears and Earl Grey though I chose a pot of genmaicha to balance it out. The pastry and ice cream were both delicious and thankfully not too heavy. When my empty plate was removed, a dish of petits fours arrived: matcha shortbread, a banana chocolate macaron, and kumquat financier. The latter was my favorite of the three thanks to the sweet and tart flavor of the kumquat.
At the takeaway counter, there are many more desserts available as well as a few savory items. I bought a pumpkin flan and a lemon tart for my sister and she said both desserts were very good. I’m looking forward to trying some of the other items as well.