Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Le Tao (Hokkaido)

A Japanese friend once asked me, "Do you know if they have a sweets shop here?" Initially, I thought she was referring to a candy shop. I later realised that she was referring to Japanese desserts.

Le Tao is a very famous dessert shop in Otaru- there are 5 branches with different concepts, all located along the same stretch. 

We decided to try the Le Tao Pathos Cafe

The popular double fromage cheesecake is sold on the first floor. On the first floor, there is also a creperie where the crepes are paired with brownies.

The interior design of all the Le Tao branches is very tasteful. That of Pathos Cafe is whimsical.

As we were spoilt for choice (and also because we didn't understand the menu), we decided to get the  Double Plate (1365 JPY). This consists of mini pieces of cheesecakes. Let's just put it upfront that I'm not a fan of cheesecakes- but since this is so popular both with locals and foreigners, I just had to try it. 

Such a pretty plate of dessert. This consists of the famous Fromage Double, Chocolat Double and Venezia Rendezvous. The one that tasted the most familiar was the Chocolat Double which tasted pretty much like tiramisu. The Venezia Rendezvous had a tart-looking base- however it's texture was nothing like a tart. It was more flaky and crumbled easily. While the cheese was light, Le Tao hasn't converted me into a cheesecake fan. 

I was looking forward to visiting Le Chocolat of LeTao because I thought it would have chocolate-related desserts.

It turned out that it sold chocolates only and not chocolate desserts.

While the lightness and mildness of the cheese may appeal to cheesecake lovers, Le Tao is a pretty place but not the right dessert place for me.

Le Tao 
5-22 Sakaimachi, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0027, Japan


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