Shortcake, long possibilities, with Afternoon Tea Tearoom’s Customized Cake, available at any Afternoon Tea Tearoom across Tokyo—locations in Atré and that sort of station-enveloping mall. For ¥1,470 buy a shortcake and a drink, but get this: your cake has three stages of customization. Choose one of three marinated fruit selections, sauces, and toppings—then decorate. Thus could you wind up (for example) with a mango cream shortcake topped with berries, drenched in peach sauce and sided by roast almonds. Finally, submit a photo of your cakey creation to their photo contest, and you’ll be in the running for one of ten “Tea Free Passes,” which will get you free cuppas at any Afternoon Tea Tearoom from August 1 until December 31. Garner the most “likes” on the site for some cartons of premixed tea.
Missing mama’s breadbasket? Longing for a decent bowl of hearty soup that doesn’t come from a certain overpriced chain? Then hit up the recently opened Eat More Soup and Bread (7F Lumine Est, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku). Choose from soup, salad or pasta as the main dish in their lunch set (from ¥1,080), and get a mini-salad or soup, mini-dessert, drink and—wait for it—all-you-can-eat bread. Which could be a major shock to the carb-deprived system. Tea time involves parfaits (matcha, mixed berries, caramel nuts) and cakes from ¥680 (¥880 with a drink), and dinner offers a wider range including clam chowder (¥1,000) and bouillabaisse (¥1,100).
Get a jump on the barrage of novelty drinks set to fill up convenience store shelves over the summer months by partaking of a different class of fancy beverage now. For those who can’t decide between a sugary drink or a sweet snack, Asahi Soft Drinks has launched a tie-up with French fine-foods company Fauchon to combine the both in one heady swig. The consequent entity is the Fauchon Éclair Tea (¥115), guaranteed to dilate your pupils and fill your body with a surging rush of energy, followed by a descent into a comatose state from which you can only be wakened with a Pocari Sweat and a large electric shock.