The three cafeterias to have breakfast or snack as if you were in Japan

05/21/2022 – 12:37 The Chronicler

Japanese culture undoubtedly arouses curiosity and passion in all parts of the world. In Argentina too and, luckily, there are several options to get closer to their traditional customs.

Food is one of its most widespread export points, especially its classic salty dishes. But in Buenos Aires, more and more places are beginning to offer wagashi options (traditional sweets), which are not only delicious but also very colorful.

1) AO KUMA COFFEE

Ao Kuma Cafe is a coffee shop with a Japanese twist. Its menu shows the strong Japanese influence both in its pastry and salty options. It also has an exclusive shop for manga (Japanese comics) published by Editorial Ivrea.

It is an ideal place for fans of Japanese fiction, a theme that governs the entire decoration of the place that connoisseurs of the matter will know how to especially enjoy.

The menu has a good variety of coffees, including some special ones with added matcha (the famous green tea widely consumed in the East), both hot and cold.

1) AO KUMA COFFEE

Ao Kuma Cafe is a coffee shop with a Japanese twist. Its menu shows the strong Japanese influence both in its pastry and salty options. It also has an exclusive shop for manga (Japanese comics) published by Editorial Ivrea.

It is an ideal place for fans of Japanese fiction, a theme that governs the entire decoration of the place that connoisseurs of the matter will know how to especially enjoy.

The menu has a good variety of coffees, including some special ones with added matcha (the famous green tea widely consumed in the East), both hot and cold.

In the dessert and pastry section, some unusual names stand out, such as the melon pan (a milk bread with a sugary coating and a variety of fillings), which is available for $340, or the tropikuma pudding (a vegan pudding of pineapple, coconut and almond milk with passion fruit toffee) at $470.

For those looking for something salty, they sell the famous sandos, Japanese sandwiches made with the original techniques (at $730 for a pack of 3). There is also kuma pan, a bread stuffed with corn, cheese and caramelized onions (at $450).

They are in Fray Justo Santa MarĂ­a de Oro 2280 (Palermo) and open from Thursday to Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

2) SAINT COFFEE

Among the most recent openings in the category, this small oriental window in the middle of Palermo has a strong menu of infusions that include specialty coffee and different varieties of tea (green, jasmine or wheat are some options).

The menu has an interesting variety of sweet delicacies, and the sandos are the perfect savory option to accompany.

They have various options of wagashi (Japanese pastry). The star is the Japanese cheesecake, fluffy and creamy at the same time. There are also the choux cream (stuffed profiteroles), the taiyaki (a sweet stuffed with sweet potato, matcha, anko or Nutella, with a cute tai fish shape), or the castella (a traditional Japanese vanilla sponge cake).

The place has a modern and neat aesthetic, with Japanese-style cups and even the take away glasses are decorated to match.

They open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The address is Paraguay 3511, Palermo.

3) KOI DUMPLINGS

Although Koi is already a classic to eat its famous baos, dumplings and ramen dishes, it can also be a good option to go in the afternoon to enjoy some sweet dishes.

The premises have a fun and modern decoration, which makes them a popular option to go both as a couple and with friends.

Those who are in the mood for something sweet can order their delicious chocolate dumplings (fried and filled with chocolate ganache and toasted almonds) that cost $615 for 4 units. Also the fried baos filled with coconut pastry cream and peanut praline, are sold at $500 per unit.

Of course, there is no shortage of sweet croyakis and taiyakis, which are sold individually at $450 each. Croyakis are puff pastry filled with dulce de leche and coconut. There are also vegan filling options: peanut and chocolate, anko (sweet aduki paste) and vegan chocolate. Taiyakis with waffle-type dough are filled with peanuts and chocolate or dulce de leche.

Koi is at Carranza 1591 (Palermo) and opens from Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 to 00:00. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 to 01:00. They also have branches in Belgrano and Villa Crespo.