さらさ御供焼菓子工房Sarasa Ontomo Yakigashi-koubou is the bakery for the さらさSarasa chain that started out as a renovated machiya café and now consists of seven establishments, including a coffee shop and this bakery founded in September 2009 (the rest of the Sarasa chain is covered in Hitori Kyoto). The sweets that a Sarasa customer consumes at those establishments come from the bakery which is located in the 三条商店街Sanjo Shopping Street. Despite being part of such a hip chain, the bakery blends with the surrounding traditional style of one of Kyoto’s beloved old shopping arcades while adding modernity with style and color, an irresistible fusion of old and new often found throughout Kyoto…サラサSarasa3 is also found here a couple of shops away.
I used to work near Sanjo Shopping Street around the time that the bakery opened up, so I passed it many times and even dropped in a couple of times before I took Mason there in early October last year when we were out bura-bura-ing in Kyoto.
cookies (and books! though not for sale) displayed along the wall
cookie jars next to the register
the cake display case…along with the standard selection, you can also find seasonal goodies.
Only cake-lovers would understand…☺
more cookies and baked goods which can easily be put into gift sets
It goes without telling that when I go, I end up staying a long time,checking out each cookie and cake and lamenting that my stomach isn’t big enough to try the 30 different cookies as well as the cakes, muffins, scones, etc. prepared every day.
I finally settled on a ピーナッツバタークッキー peanut-butter cookie, ￥140, and a ミルクスコーンmilk scone, ￥200.
The sweets here remind me of those in the States; I asked the young woman who rang me up if the bakers studied in the States but she said no one had.
The peanut-butter cookie was a little less sweet than the ones I remember having back home but the texture was similar, so I was very satisfied, I’d have it again! The scone was just delicious with a slight sweet flavor and a moist texture that reminded me more of an American biscuit; I regretted not getting another one.
I went again in late March this year to get gifts for friends and to pick a little something for myself ☺…unfortunately, there were no milk scones, so I got these chocolate oatmeal cookies instead.
They were not as sweet as I expected but still did the job of curing my sweet tooth.
Update: Over a year later at Mason’s request, we dropped by Sarasa Ontomo to check out their wares…before that, I had passed by or dropped in a couple of time but had gone away with nothing but this time, I ended up leaving with a piece of ダブルチョコチップケーキdouble choco-chip cake, ￥320, and a piece of ラズベリーとホワイトチョコのブラウニーrazuberii to howaito choko no buraunii (raspberry & white-chocolate brownie), ￥280.
Although not as moist as the cakes I’ve had in the U.S., it tasted just like the chocolate cakes back home and the chocolate chips made it even more yummy. The brownie was surprisingly good, and I say “surprisingly” because a lot of brownies in Japan have been disappointing…if it had been more chewy, it would have been perfect but the combination of white chocolate frosting and raspberry throughout was just delicious. I’ll be looking for this two the next time I go.
The staff member who appeared to be the main pâtissière said that the chocolate-chip & cream-cheese cake that I loved was being made and sold at さらさ麩屋町Sarasa Fuyacho PAUSA now…I have to stop by sometime!☺
Update: Three months since the last time I went, I dropped by again with Mason when we were in the area shopping after taking a break at Sarasa 3. I thought I’d buy a cake but ended up buying a little package of small M&M cookies, ￥230.
There were four, so I shared half of it with Mason as we walked back to the station where we ended up parting ways. It was pretty good for cookies that weren’t very moist (as I like cookies), I’d buy them again.☺
Update: Over four months after the last time I went, I dropped in Sarasa Ontomo because it was still open…although it may not look as appetizing in this picture (sorry, the peanut butter on top melted a bit in my bag), this ピーナッツバターブラウニーpeanut-butter brownie, ￥300, was absolutely heavenly!
I wish I’d bought two! Next time I’ll know better!
Other delights that I’ve had: