Jul. 26, 2017 UPDATE

ASSEMBLAGES KAKIMOTO

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Assemblages Kakimoto offers unique sweets in a new style
Assemblages Kakimoto, which opened close to the Kyoto Imperial Palace in May 2016, is a sweets shops the sweets lovers of Japan all want to go to. The owner chef has quite a career; he got the 4th place in World Chocolate Masters 2013 in Paris and won the ice sculpture contest of the World Pastry Cup. He has also worked as a chef in a French restaurant, so he is truly an exceptionally talented person. “Assemblages” means a combination, and the chef here has combined his three different skills: chocolatier, patissier, and cuisinier. From their bonbons that use ingredients like vegetables, and their cakes that combine Japanese and western ingredients, the sweets at Assemblages Kakimoto are all unique. There is a surprise and feeling of joy inside all of their cakes and chocolates. The atmosphere at the cake shop which is in a renovated machiya town house is refined, but modern and trendy at the same time. The delicate, luxurious sweets of Assemblages Kakimoto will make you an addict even if you just taste them once.
Assemblages a
1Recommend!
Assemblages a / ¥600 (+tax)
Assemblages a has the name of the shop on it, and as you can probably guess, it is the product the shop is most proud of. The point of this cake is in the many layers it has – caramel, chocolate, banana… you have all kinds of mousses and sponge cake layers, and inside your mouth they will form a completely new kind of taste. This cake can safely be said to represent the concept of this cake shop extremely well. Enjoy the taste and fragrance of each layer, and the combination of them.
Zen
2Recommend!
Zen / ¥580 (+tax)
This cake with a very Japanese design and colors is also a popular product. The Zen cake was made for the Zen temple Kennin-ji Temple as a cake to be eaten in tea ceremonies. The contains red bean paste by Shiyoshi-ken, an old and established Japanese sweets store, and you get the fragrance of red beans and matcha together with coffee; truly an interesting mix of Japanese and western elements.
Chocolate bonbons
3Check it out!
Chocolate bonbons / ¥3,000 (+tax) for 10 pieces
They are also famous for their bonbons, of which there are 17 different flavors. They use vegetables like Japanese ginger, beefsteak plant, and celery in the bonbons! The sweetness of the chocolates gets balanced by the sourness and bitterness of the other ingredients. You can taste the original taste of the ingredients in all of the bonbons. These are a completely new take on bonbons.
The Vert – a dessert you can only enjoy at the bar counter
4Check it out!
The Vert – a dessert you can only enjoy at the bar counter / ¥1,800 (+tax)
There is a bar counter in the back of the cake shop where you can eat the cakes in the shop, like in a café. The Vert in the picture is made of a mousse of matcha and pistachio nuts, and you also have a matcha ganache in there and also sponge cake and gyuhi, a softer version of mochi, making this a rather mysterious dessert. The sweetness is not overpowering and it tastes delicious! When you pour hot chocolate on it, the thin chocolate on the top will melt on the ingredients down below it. The Vert can only be had on the bar counter, so be sure to try it when you go to the shop.
How to buy

At the bar counter you can also order alcoholic beverages. They have a good variety, from whiskey to wine and champagne. The pleasure you get from having good chocolate with a matching whiskey is something incredibly nice. 


I wanted to know what their vegetable-chocolate bonbons tasted like so I had some! The combination I had was chocolate with Japanese ginger and grapefruit. So I bit into it, and first it tasted very sweet and chocolaty – but then it started tasting like ginger! Even the texture was like ginger, and I also got the punch of ginger with the sweetness of the chocolate. I have never had anything like it, but I can recommend the bonbons to everyone! 

- Shopping Tips -

The cakes they sell have to be eaten on the day they are bought, but you can enjoy the cookies at home if you want. 

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Shiho
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I like Assemblages Kakimoto so much I have bought their cakes many times! The cakes are delicious to the last bite, the sweetness of the whipped cream, sponge cake, and tarts are just right. This time I had a sweet at the bar counter, but this was delicious too. Having nice, beautiful sweets at the refined bar counter is the best and most luxurious experience I can think of.
Yoko
3.8 goods4.0 service4.0 fun3.5
The cakes look so nice that I almost forgot about everything else. They are not too sweet but have a delicate and in some way rich taste. The popular cakes sell out soon so I recommend going early. The chocolates have interesting fillings like celery, so you can enjoy many different tastes. If you want you can get only one piece of chocolate, so I hope you will find a taste you like.
4.0 goods4.5 service4.0 fun3.5
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Anna
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ASSEMBLAGES KAKIMOTO
Category Sweets
Phone +81 75-202-1351
Address 587-2 Matsumoto-cho, Takeyacho-dori Teramachi-dori Nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City
Directions A 5-minute walk from Kyoto City Bus Saibanjo-mae bus stop, or an 8-minute walk from Keihan Jingu-Marutamachi Station.
Open Hours Shop: Noon to 7 p.m. Café: Noon to 5:30 p.m. (Last orders at 5:30 p.m.)
Closed Tuesdays and the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.
Price range
Credit cards Accepted.
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The names of the cakes are in Japanese, but the staff will use gestures to politely communicate with you.
Information Only Japanese.
Lanuages spoken Simple English.
Shipping services No.
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