At the Kyoto cafe (there are 12 outlets spread around the country), you are greeted by a selection of cakes inside a museum-like glass vestibule. And like a star attraction, it draws crowds (mostly, of "cooing" girls). You pick first, then order, then wait. ...

Little Pie Factory serves an array of hand-crafted pies made fresh daily using seasonal ingredients. A four-minute walk from Hiroo Station, the bakery offers both sweet and savory varieties stuffed with succulent meat staples such as beef and turkey as well as a mouth-watering ...

The slogan of this retro-styled cafe is terse: pasta and cakes. There's actually more of the former on the menu than the latter. I went with carrot cake covered in crushed almonds and topped by a tiny little carrot made of sugar. Sweet and ...

The frozen yogurt has the consistency and taste of soft-serve ice cream, but the company claims they use milk from cows that haven't been treated with artificial growth hormones, and that no high-fructose corn syrup is used in its products. There are also gluten-free ...

The soup of the day was seafood chowder, sweet and creamy but without any noticeable bits of seafood. It came with salad, mostly greens, and three silver-dollar-style pancakes, each featuring an Elk stamp.

I was there for the French toast: voluminous, coquettish, accompanied by a twirl of soft-serve ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Aurora Lounge, located on the 45th floor of the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, is one of the most non-drinker friendly places in Tokyo. Its 45 Refresh! Non Alcohol Cocktail menu has as many cocktails as floors that the lounge is from the ground.

The pancakes at the Tokyo outpost of Oahu's popular Cafe Kaila are indeed very good. They are light and fluffy but not at all vapid; they're incredibly filling and include a surprisingly generous amount of fruit.

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