The Place Tokyo never fails to excites me, especially with its wide array of patisseries and bakeries. Everyone wants a slice of the market share in this city which appreciates good food, even for world famous French baker Gontran Cherrier, also the main partner and consultant behind Tiong Bahru Bakery in Singapore. One of the main agendas on my recent trip this year is to visit Gontran Cherrier outlets in Tokyo, which are strategically located in the famous districts of Shinjuku and Shibuya. I was surprised by the spacious seating capacity at both outlets, even more so by the inviting aroma of the freshly baked bread and pastries the moment I stepped in. While in Japan, ditch your diet plans!
The Food There are simply too many options to choose from, so I was really focused on what I want to try – the Kouign-Amann, Croissant and Matcha Scone. The croissant is really one of the best I have ever tried as I am still amazed at how it can keep its texture so perfect. The sinful but awesome Kouign-Amann is another must try item of Gontran Cherrier. The dazzling layers of butter and sugar dough keep me high, if that is even an appropriate word to describe the experience. Prices from ¥180.
Between the Shinjuku and Shibuya outlets, I very much prefer the more spacious three-storey Shibuya outlet, which is located in the less busy part of Shibuya opposite Shibuya Hikarie mall. The best seats to me are the ones by the window at level 3, overlooking the busy junction of Shibuya. It felt pretty therapeutic watching the world goes by, sipping my latte and savouring some of the best breads in Tokyo. This is also something I look for whenever I travel, the feeling of being completely at ease and in control of your own time without needing to rush from point A to B.
Rants If there is anything bad about Gontran Cherrier, the coffee needs to be better. I find it too light and uninspiring for a morning caffeine fix.
Will I return again? I already returned twice in a row while in Tokyo, as I was too impressed with my experience at the Shinjuku outlet on my first visit without expecting that the Shibuya branch is an even more awesome and cosy space. Needless to say, Gontran Cherrier is one pitstop whenever I am in Tokyo. For now, the closest I can get to experiencing Gontran Cherrier in Singapore is to visit Tiong Bahru Bakery, which will never quite be the same for me again.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Gontran Cherrier Tokyo
Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 1-14-11
Daily: 7.30am to 9pm
Ranted by The Ranter