I’ve wanted to go to みつばちMitsubachi, in business for about 10 years and known for their anmitsu, since I saw it in one of my guides last year. My co-worker brought some back after running errands in the area in mid-April this year; I was allowed to have two! ☺
お持ち帰り豆かんo-mochi-kaeri mame-kan (take-out vegetable gelatin with beans), ￥480, and お持ち帰りあんず豆かんo-mochi-kaeri anzu mame-kan (take-out vegetable gelatin with beans and apricot), ￥480…kuromitsu is also included for pouring to adjust to one’s preferred sweetness.
The anmitsu is made up of vegetable gelatin, or 寒天kanten, made with 天草tengusa, a red algae, from 千倉Chikura in 千葉県Chiba Prefecture; the red pea beans and the red beans of the anko are from 北海道Hokkaido. The kuromitsu is made with brown sugar from 沖縄Okinawa, 波照間島Hateruma Island to be exact. The owners, (fraternal) twin sisters, make their anmitsu moderately sweet without artificial ingredients so that the customers can enjoy the natural flavor of the ingredients. Although Mitsubachi is generally open until 6:00pm, once the sweets run out, the café is known to close.
Half a year later, I passed Mitsubachi last week after going to 出町ふたばDemachi Futaba (it was on the way); on the spur of the moment, I went in.
machiya-style, definitely how I would picture a Japanese sweets shop.
The interior was also cute and Japanese-style, decorated in a way so that one feels at home.
the kitchen and register area (with a display of the take-out menu)…there’s a staircase next to this table.
the only table in the place to accommodate a big group (or a few small ones)
one of the three smaller tables near the front
There was no one in the café when I arrived. I took one of the smaller tables in the middle to have a nice view of the place and the waitress soon brought tea and a wet napkin for me. The menu consists of only Japanese-style sweets and drinks. I decided to have the 抹茶クリームあんみつmaccha kuriimu anmitsu (green tea ice cream anmitsu), ￥700.
The green tea was creamy with just the right amount of sweetness, maybe one of the best green tea ice cream I’ve had so far, and it made the usual pleasant experience of anmitsu even more enjoyable…I can’t wait to have it again!
Update: When a shop is as popular as Mitsubachi, it is possible for one to take three years from the last time that one went to go back…I was walking to Le Sucrier when I passed the place on a rainy afternoon and saw that it was half empty; thinking that this chance might not come again for a while, I went in on the spur-of-the-moment. I asked if the ever-popular summer menu item, 特製あんず氷tokusei anzu-gohri (special apricot shaved ice), ￥900, was still available; it was! Of course I took no time in ordering it after seating myself at the two-seater by the window looking out on the street.
When it arrived, I took a while in taking pictures but it still was in perfect condition for eating when I was through. The fresh apricot sauce was the perfect combination of sweet and sour and the ice was soft, giving me the impression of eating cold cotton candy. I could see why this was often sold out and counted my lucky stars at finally trying it.
After I arrived, a party of three more young female customers arrived joining me and another party of three young female customers who were there when I arrived…with the staff also being female, the lack of testosterone would have scared off any potential male customers☺. I was the first to pay and leave and it was a bit intimidating having everyone’s eyes on me as I left.😲