Super Strict Score [understand my S3]: 6.5
Chocolate mousse tart: 6
Hazelnut chocolate cake: 6.5
Petits fours: 6.5
In 1 word: relaxed luxury
Several top-flight designers operate cafés in Tokyo, often rather covertly, to offer their customers a quiet respite in utmost privacy. At the Armani Lounge in Tokyo’s luxury shopping district Ginza, everything is subtly designed to offer weary shoppers an oasis of rest – from the restrained lighting over the niched, almost separated seatings to the desserts, which come with pre-dessert, post-petits fours & a beverage of choice, like the highly recommended Armani chocolate tea, thus inviting to linger. The menu comprises several dessert choices according to season & can include items such as:
- Chocolate mousse tart with chocolate sorbet
Chocolate in lots of different forms – mousse, plaque, sorbet, brownie, wafer, sauce. The different textures were quite fun, but alas, the chocolate itself lacked depth – the only fault, but a major one.
- Hazelnut & chocolate cake
The hazelnut mousse was very light, also taste-wise. While I would’ve loved a decadent praliné, this dessert was clearly directed at people more calorie-conscious than me. Adept use of textures here as well, the biscotti were an especially nice touch.
The chic & classy interior graces of renowned architects Studio Fuksas features a lot of gold & would probably even make a Krispy Kreme look Michelin worthy, however, presentation is obviously not something in want of improvement. In terms of substantiality, neither of the main desserts were very filling but my guess would be that that is owing to them having to dual-function as post-full-meal-desserts for the Armani restaurant on the floor below as well.
For anyone looking to wind down & take a break from hectic Tokyo the Armani Lounge offers a sweet refuge.