Decembers are cold in Japan. Though it wasn’t very chilly in Tokyo, where we were touring, we still had 3 layers to keep ourselves warm. We started from our hotel, Mitsui Garden in Gotanda, at around 10.00 am, to begin our tour of the city. But the winter morning decided to surprise us with a drizzle of rain which pushed our plans and put us in a different mood, one craving for a nice hot cup of coffee on a rainy winter morning.
As we stepped on to the main road that leads towards the Gotanda Metro Station, we found a cafe nestled in a line of buildings. Named as Hoshino Coffee, the facade was painted in a pastel palette and it made for a picturesque background for the morning rain. (I regret not clicking a picture!)
We crossed the road and made our way through the front door of the building. We were welcomed by a beautiful stairway with a massive chandelier that gave a touch of Gothic style to the building.
The cafe had sprawling interiors with 2 sections of seating which were separated by a bill counter. Ornately decorated the cafe reminded me of a Victorian era club.
We chose to sit in the second section of the cafe, one which was sequestered from the first section that faces the main road. Walking in to this seating area was like walking in to the wardrobe in “The Chronicles of Narnia”. It led us to a different world altogether – charming, magical and redolent with the aroma of roasted coffee beans. The seating area looked amazing with comfortable leather couches, mini chandeliers, beautiful lamps and a choice of many books.
Cafes are synonymous to bustle, especially during the mornings. But as opposed to the dictum this cafe was very quiet though it had quite a few customers in.
We sat down decidedly to spend some time and started perusing the menu. The menu had few but promising options. We settled for a classic Hoshino coffee and soufflé pancake.
We soon learned that Hoshino coffee is famous for being a specialty coffee. Hoshino Coffee is a Hand-dripped coffee made from premium Arabica roasted coffee beans which are selected by coffee blend specialist Master Kanno.
It is Japanese Milk coffee and has a strong coffee flavour to it.
But what ought to be outrageously famous as well are the soufflé pancakes that are heavenly.
Classic Hoshino Coffee and soufflé pancake would classify as that typical satiating breakfast on a holiday!
The next day in Tokyo was equally cold but rains did not grace the day like the previous one. Nevertheless we started our morning with a nice hot cup of hand-dripped Hoshino coffee and it reminded us of a leisurely rainy morning.
And today, a rainy morning reminds us of Hoshino Coffee!