Sep. 29, 2020 UPDATE
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Enjoy delicately delicious seasonal cakes at Kyoto’s famous MALEBRANCHE
Situated in Kitayama, to the north of Kyoto City, MALEBRANCHE’s first and main location dishes out delectable, out-of-this-world cakes. Each cake is beautifully prepared with carefully selected high quality ingredients. This store is most well known for it’s Cha no Ka green tea cookies, which are especially popular with visitors from overseas. At MALEBRANCHE’s Kitayama store, your eyes will be drawn from dessert to dessert as you try to make the difficult descion of which of the plethora of desserts to choose. One dessert loved by locals since MALEBRANCHE first opened in 1982, is their Mont Blanc. MALEBRANCHE’s Kitayama store features a parlor area in the back of the store which is sure to always be full of people enjoying some beautifully crafted desserts. As several cakes can only be enjoyed at this location, people from all around flock to the store to try and get a taste of MALEBRANCHE’s wonderful specialties. Along with the cakes, the decorations in the parlor change seasonally, providing wonderfully fresh flowers for you to enjoy all year round.
Mont Blanc Haute Couture / ￥1,300(+tax)
MALEBRANCHE’s Mont Blanc Haute Couture is something you’ll never experience anywhere else. When you order the Mont Blanc, MALEBRANCHE’s pastry chef will approach your table with a cart and prepare the dessert right in front of you. Every aspect of this dessert, from the cart to the personal preperation by the pastry chef, is absoultey exceptional. First the chef will ask you pick a rum, of either Pampero Aniversario or Negrita Rhum, or the alcohol-free syrup. Your choice of rum or syrup will then be mixed with diced chest nuts. These chest nuts will then become the base for a log of airy mousse glacée, which has an ice cream like texture at first but gradually becomes more mousse-like as it warms room temperature. However, the best part of all of this has to be the fresh chestnut cream which the chef lovingly coats the mousse in, giving this dessert an almost impossibly good texture.
Strawberry Cake / ￥560(+tax)
This Simply delicious strawberry cake is exclusively made with eggs from Miyama, in the north of Kyoto Prefecture. The cake’s miost and rich sponge features a hint of honey that beautifully sandwiches the fresh cream and strawberries. MALEBRANCHE transforms high quality ingredients into their beautifully presented Strawberry Cakes, only available at this Kitayama location.
Yuki no Ka Mont Blanc (Summer Mont Blanc) / ￥1,296
As part of the new “seasonal Mont Blanc” at MALEBRANCHE, they will offer this incredible Yuki no Ka shaved ice Mont Blanc for summer, running from June 15 to the beginning of September. As MALEBRANCHE uses natural spring water from Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, this unique shaved ice is like no other. The actual shaved ice itself is incredibly soft, doesn’t melt as fast and yet manages to not be too cold. However, there’s really only one way for you to experience the magical texture of this shaved ice, and that’s by trying it for yourself. Once, you’ve tried it, you’ll understand why we think It’s definitely something you can only taste in Japan. Just like MALEBRANCHE’s famous Mont Blanc Cake, this shaved ice is topped with delicious chestnut cream and sits on a bed of creamy Bavarois. To enjoy a variety of flavors, try pouring over the two different types of sauces (vanilla and blackcurrant).
French Pressed Coffee / ￥756
It’s already incredible that MALEBRANCHE’s cakes are made to seasonally match Japanese people’s sensitivities towards the seasons, but they go the extra step and even offer seasonal coffee too. The coffee is brewed on the table using a French press to give you plenty of coffee to go with your cake. The coffee beans are carefully selected each season, for example, Brazilian Sertaozinho beans are selected for their great balance of acidity and bitterness paired with clear flavors, which perfectly complements the freshness of spring. There are other beverages as well like the fruit tea, which feature freshly cut fruit and will be brewed at your table.
How to Order
The names of cake are written in English on the menu.
- Order Tips -
Check out all the cakes available from regular selections to seasonal selections. There are also cakes that are available only at this location.