Sakanoue Cafe from Tokyo brings their popular kakigori to Orchard
Every other person I know has recently been to Japan, is on a plane to the Land of the Rising Sun, or has plans to head there soon. Stuck here in Singapore, with the thermostat rising yet again to the 30s, I’m just glad that a new shaved ice spot—from Tokyo no less—is coming to town. Opened from now till 9 March 2023 is Sakanoue Cafe, known for their exquisite kakigori.
The tiny cafe from Bunkyo City, Tokyo, has opened in the basement supermarket at Isetan Scotts as a pop-up, along with other Japanese artisan sweets and confectionery. Look out for unique flavours such as Pistachio Raspberries ($13), Blue Cheese & Sweet Bean Paste ($13), and Matcha ($13) that will also be available within the next two weeks.
For the unfamiliar, kakigori is similar to bingsu, except that where bingsu is milk-based, whereas kakigori is traditionally shaved from a frozen block of mineral water. The resulting ice powder is so fine and fluffy, it’s sometimes called angel snow. Sakanoue Cafe is best known for their rotating kakigori flavours that change with the seasons, depending on the ingredients available. The most popular flavour is their Strawberry Cream Kakigori ($13), which features layers of shaved ice, milk syrup, and strawberry sauce, all topped with a super light fresh whipped cream.
Another classic flavour to look out for is the Panda Kakigori ($13), which will surely be every kid’s #1 pick. A fine red bean paste is used for this dessert, but you don’t have to worry about it being too sweet as the base is soft-as-snow ice and the milk syrup is nowhere near cloying.
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Other kakigori flavours previously spotted at Sakanoue Cafe include hazelnut-chocolate with orange and a yuzu-mascarpone edition. The owner also shared that local flavours or tropical flavours such as mango might also be in the mix, so check out their Instagram stories for updates!
In other sweet news, there’s a new dessert cafe in town—Catkin by Huishan in Rochor offers dessert omakase, with kueh bangkit gelato and more! Bundt by the Backyard Bakers has also finally opened their second location at Jewel Changi Airport.
Address: 350 Orchard Road, Basement One, Isetan Scotts Supermarket, Shaw House, Singapore 238868
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9pm
Sakanoue Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery
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Feature image adapted from @chiii1941, @chihiro___412, @sumika38
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