Pastry chef prodigy Daisuke Kitanishi earned his stripes at the Mandarin Oriental, winning plenty of awards and praise in the process, but his next career move was something of a surprise: instead of aiming for the lights of Paris like so many of his sweet-crafting countrymen, Kitanishi decided to open his own neighbourhood shop in the decidedly unfashionable surrounds of Adachi-ku's Umejima. Although making the trip up north may seem like a chore, it's more than worth it for sugar addicts. Pâtisserie La Vie Un Rêve's cakes deserve the moniker 'edible art', with Kitanishi's signature Chocolat Spécialité especially mouthwatering: covered by jelly-like, slightly gelatinous chocolate, it's filled with chocolate and orange mousse on top of a crepe-like base. Another highlight is the Umejima Matcha Roll, flavoured with anko bean paste and yuzu.
|Venue name:||Pâtisserie La Vie Un Rêve|
3-6-16 Umejima, Adachi-ku
|Opening hours:||10am-8pm daily|
|Transport:||Umejima Station (Tobu Skytree line)|