Tokyo Midtown Roppongi is one of many shopping centers in Tokyo. This one is located in Roppongi Hills and is more upscale. Many of the shops are high end with a number of fancy restaurants. There is even a Suntory Museum on the top floor if you want to do something other than shop. But if you want more inexpensive eats, go down the to basement area of the shopping complex. There you will find an amazing food court. Don't be perturbed. The food court area has a lot of really great restaurants. As I was by myself, I stopped here for a snack break.
The first place I stopped off at was Atelier du Soleil Sun Fruits. A seriously fancy shop selling fruit. And only fruit. With over 90 years in business, it has a Tablelog rating of 3.01. Selling not only their prized fruit, their Tokyo Midtown shop also sells fruit based cakes, jams and fruit jelly cups. But what I was interested in was a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice. For ¥648, you can choose one fruit or two fruits for ¥840. It may seem expensive for a cup of juice, but let me tell you ... it was worth it! I chose strawberry and the elderly man blitzed a lot of strawberries and ONLY strawberries. No water was added. It was strictly fruit. What I got was a rich cup of strawberry juice. It was extremely sweet like Japanese strawberries are known for.
My next stop was definitely a cake break. That was at pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI paris. With a Tablelog rating of 3.58, chef patissier Sadaharu Aoki is based in Paris an is one of the top patissiers in Tokyo. Known for using traditional Japanese ingredients and flavors combined with French pastry techniques, he has collaborated with other Michelin star chefs. After many years in Paris, he finally opened a shop in Tokyo. His shop in Midtown offers cakes, macarons, financiers and chocolates. All things that make your eyes glow. As it is geared for take away, they do have a few tables to dine in. However, if you do decide to have cake there, they do require you to order a drink. That is their only minimum charge.
I ordered a cake tasting plate for ¥1760. This included six mini cakes and half a piece of chocolate cookie. Each cake was different with layers of textures. There was crunchiness, layered with mousse or cream. One was a cheesecake. Each was a different flavor. A different taste sensation.
Finally, on my way out I had to stop at Paletas (Tablelog rating of 3.58). Paletas is probably my favorite artisan fruit ice bar shop. With three other locations in Tokyo, this place sells a variety of flavors. Some very creative. Each bar costs ¥480 - 580. The Midtown location also has a cafe but I was only here for a take away popsicle. The last time I came here, I tried the tomato & basilico and the red sangria. This time I decided on Japanese citrus. It was SO hard to decide! The great thing about this place is that they are packed with flavor with chunks of fruit throughout. My Japanese citrus was really sour and there was slices of orange in it.
There's a lot more food options in Midtown but I didn't try them this time. That will be another trip.
Tokyo Midtown Roppongi
Address: 9 Chome-7-1 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo
Atelier du Soleil Sun Fruits
pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI paris