Update: The name of this cafe has now changed to Le Tao. Some other changes have been made to the menu, and in my honest opinion, the entire experience is not as good as it once was.
Information: Le Tao |Zhongshan North Road, Section 2, Alley 20, No.1|MRT Zhongshang Station, Exit |Ph:02-2522-2520| Opening Hours: M-F *;00-9:00pm, Sat-Sun, 11-9:00pm.
Konayuki Hoakkaido Style Cafe is tucked in one of the alleys near Zhongshan MRT Station, in fact it’s located in the same neighborhood as my beloved Chifeng 28 store. So, a perfect afternoon out for me is to spend an hour or so browsing all the lovely Japanese dishes and bakeware, and then meeting a friend out for an early dinner at Konayuki.
The menu at Konayuki features items made with milk from Hokkaido, Japan. Their cheesecakes are especially lovely, and you can purchase one to take home with you after dinner (I think they would make delicious gifts too).
The interior is fresh and bright, and is a quirky blend of both European and Japanese decor.
Konayuki is two stories, but I actually prefer to sit on the first floor, because you can look out the front window, and at the pretty lights behind the front counter.
I especially love this feature wall with flowers ~ I think it might look quite pretty in the entryway of a home.
I ordered an iced matcha latte to start. The matcha latte here is a perfect blend of bitter and sweet. Usually, the matcha lattes are too overpoweringly sweet and just taste of sugar, milk and whipped cream, but I was pleased to taste a balanced proportion of flavors at Konayuki.
The best part about Konayuki, is that you don’t actually have to make up your mind. You can have the best of two worlds, all on one plate! The menu is set up, so you can choose to have a whole sandwich with just one flavor, or you can choose two halves of two different kinds. For example, my friend Laura chose the smoked salmon and smoked chicken, and I chose the smoked salmon and fried shrimp patty.
If you’ve never had a shrimp patty sandwich before, Konayuki is the perfect place to try it. The flavor and texture will be imprinted on your tastebuds, and unfortunately, you will have cravings for it at really strange moments in life (my last craving for it was when I was standing in line at the post office).
The same goes for dessert. I would have a terrible time deciding between either the chocolate, or the original cheesecake flavor, but thankfully, at Konayuki, I could have both! The combination cheesecake plate also comes with a swirl of their Hokkaido milk soft serve ice cream, and a generous serving of fruit.
Konayuki also used to have a matcha flavored cheesecake, but it’s currently not on their menu. The original cheese cake (left) is not as heavy as a New York style cheesecake, but it’s also not one of those insubstantial fluffy “Asian” style cheesecake either, instead, it’s a happy marriage of both. The chocolate cheesecake also had a layer of chocolate that was actually richly chocolate flavored (not just chocolate in color).
Konayuki is the place to go if you and a friend are looking for a pleasant place to chat,and to eat a light dinner and dessert. The portions are perfectly sized, you can try more than one item on the menu, and still have room for dessert!
Information: Konayuki|Zhongshan North Road, Section 2, Alley 20, No.1|MRT Zhongshang Station, Exit |Ph:02-2522-2520| Opening Hours: M-F *;00-9:00pm, Sat-Sun, 11-9:00pm.
(This is not a sponsored post. I paid for all items consumed, all experiences and opinions described are my own)