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A TARTE in Tokyo

The 2-storey, non-descript building at a corner of a quiet street in Daikanyama can just be another typical building. It is beige, has a row of potted plants and a small entrance with no signage what-so-ever. Don’t be fooled! Look a little closer, take a peak and step inside. You will discover a pleasurable world of sugar-filled delight in Quil-Fait-Bon Patisserie.

Daikanyama is a chic, fashionable suburb located in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo. Unlike its more famous sisters of Aoyama or Ometesando, Daikanyama retains its quiet, restrained charm, arguably because it is not as accessible. Nevertheless, come weekends, the streets buzz with activity, mostly locals, some local expats, a few tourists in-the-know, not to mention pet dogs of the most fashionable kind.

Finding this gem of a patisserie can be tricky but give this a try: as you exit the Daikanyama train station, turn left. Walk along the street until you see 7-11. That’s good, you’re on the right track. Keep walking, and as the street slopes down, you’ll reach a 4-way junction. Turn left. Keep walking and in a minute or two, you will see a beige building on your left. Welcome to Quil-Fait-Bon. Don’t look for a sign, there isn’t one.

Here you will find a tarte for all season. They have it in every variety and flavour. There is strawberry, fig, yam, coconut and pumpkin, plus other more fanciful names like Mont Blanc and Printemps. Place your order with the lovely staff in their quaint french aprons, and step upstairs to their lovely salon. Exhale, it’s time to savour every mouthful of the tartes.

What’s so good about them tartes? Well, they use the freshest of ingredients: cream, chocolate and fruits. But best of all, it is the combination of flavours and textures that blend together to give them a truly unique taste.

So the next time you visit Tokyo, head your way to Daikanyama and follow the beaten street to Quil-Fait-Bon.

By the way, here’s the website. You’ll notice that they have branches in other locations as well, just in case you can’t make it to Daikanyama. But you’ll be a fool not to! Enjoy.

— Rashid, Shahrom

Quil-Fait-Bon Patisserie website: www.quil-fait-bon.com

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