November 12, 2014

Crepe Suzette at Henri Charupentier in Ginza

A cafe of Henri Charupentier (アンリ・シャルパンティエ), a Japanese confectionery, located in Ginza (銀座) is always crowded. Most customers look for "crepe suzette" which a French chef, Henri Charupentier whose name is used for the confectionery allegedly made for the first time in the 19th century. Not only the taste, but also beautiful demonstration of blue fire with rich aroma of caramel, orange and Grand Marnier strongly attract customers so long.  
Henri Charupentier Ginza
Cake shop (ground floor)
Cafe (underground)
entrance of cafe
Just flambeing in front of us!
Crepe Suzette
Earl Gray
Milile-feuille with peach
The interior is also interesting. Black and pink colored tea room with copies of painting of Ecole de Fontainebleau makes elegant but mysterious atmosphere. In contrast, every staff is cheerful and kind. Without elevator, they kindly assisted us to bring baby buggy on stairs (thanks a lot!). 

As for the taste, crepe suzette was definitely charming (though mille-feuille was so-so). Crepe suzette costs JPY1,620, Mille-feuille with fruits costs JPY1,512, and tea (earl gray) costs JPY800. It is a bit expensive for tea, but it is worth for visiting to see the tea room and demonstration of crepe suzette once. My rating is 3.7 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita! One more thing. Restroom of this cafe is very unique. Can you find the door of restroom? If you visit, try to find it!
Henri Charupentier (アンリ・シャルパンティエ) 

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