Opened in December 1990, Le Sucrier is a pâtisserie and café that serves French-style sweets on 寺町通Teramachi Street north of 今出川通Imadegawa Street in the 出町Demachi area not too far from the shopping arcade. I first saw it in one of my café books about three years ago but to my dismay it was closed on the days that I could make the time to go. So a few years went by until early this past April I was able to visit when Iori-san told me he was taking a break there after work…I wasn’t too far away, at たま茶Tamacha, at the time, so I decided that I wanted to check out the place and meet up with him.
the exterior…love the stylish pink accent color!
the display case of sweets as well as cookies and other baked sweets wrapped and ready to be taken home at any time near the entrance
the counter seating near the entrance…I definitely want to sit here when I come alone!
the rest of the café space…clean and simple yet stylish (the restroom is in the very back while the kitchen area is beyond the wall to the right)
Iori-san had already indulged in a cake and was on his second one when I arrived (not surprised since he goes through cakes pretty fast). After much deliberation, I ordered 珈琲coffee, ￥420, and フランボワジエFrambroisier, ￥410.
With an almond-paste base and glazed with raspberry glaze on top, the Frambroisier was perfectly sweet and the right amount of density and moistness…I was now curious about the rest of the cakes being just as good but we didn’t stay long enough for me to have another one. Le Sucrier being one of his favorite pâtisseries, Iori-san seemed pleased that I was satisfied with my experience there.
On our way out, the reserved yet friendly owner pâtissière kindly gave us each a cute ginger cookie in the shape of a tulip (good to know Iori-san!); needless to say, it was delicious.☺
The next time I was able to drop by was over a month later…there was one female customer (who had a case of the coughs) at a table near the counter seating by the entrance when I arrived, and a customer or two was present at a time afterward, so it was fairly peaceful while I was there. The counter seating was now half the length with the rest of the space occupied by a cushy leather armchair…I wonder if it’s okay to sit on the armchair…
It’s so hard to choose cakes when all look so good and it was only my second time there but I finally chose エレル・ピスタッシュAirelle Pistache, ￥400, which I had with アイス珈琲iced coffee, ￥470.
With a pistachio-flavored almond-paste base filled with cranberry and coated lightly with white-chocolate glaze, it was simply delicious! I tried to eat it as slowly as possible to make it last but it went more quickly than I had hoped. The coffee was a good complement for it.
Since I still had half of my coffee left when I finished the Airelle Pistache, I also had the りんごのクレムブリュレringo no kuremu buryure (crème brûlée aux pommes), ￥360.
The owner finally remembered me as Iori-san’s friend as she was ringing me up (until then I could tell she was trying to place who I was); I was quite happy that she recognized me.☺
Although I was unable to stay this time, I went back again in early June to quickly get some sustenance for Iori-san who was unable to visit his favorite sweets shops due to his work schedule and got him the Airelle Pistache and another cake that he hadn’t tried yet (I consulted with the owner); in late June, I dropped by again, this time to get the Airelle Pistache (yes, I’m hooked!) to go before heading to kàtte.
Three days after I went, I was back, this time to have my cake in…I was the only customer on arrival although it didn’t stay that way for long. Have I ever mentioned how I love how Le Sucrier has the cutest handwritten and most helpful explanation cards for each cake? And that although the cakes aren’t the fanciest works of art, they still instill desire in those who lay eyes on them to have each one if possible? Anyway, I had already decided on what cake to have the last time I was by: ショコラグランマニエChocolat Grand Marnier, ￥410, which I had with カフェオレcafé au lait, ￥470. It was moist and perfectly sweet but with a rich chocolate flavor, just what I was hoping for; the tad bit of cream on top made the experience even richer. The café au lait had a deep flavor that would go with any sweet.
I still had enough café au lait to have another cake, so I got スパイスキャラメCannelle Caramel, ￥410. It was a sophisticated caramel cake that reminded me of pumpkin pie except for the rum raisins scattered inside and the proper cake to finish my café au lait and end my time there.
The owner and I talked a bit about Iori-san who I haven’t seen for close to a month; apparently he had talked about me when he had been by recently. We also talked about my background and when I came to Japan.
There aren’t so many places that serve delectable sweets and offer such a stylish yet low-key environment to relax…I’m definitely going to try to come back as much as I can.☺
Update: Other indulgences since the last time about which I wrote:
* かぼちゃのタルトkabocha no (pumpkin) tart, ￥410, with iced tea
Address: 京都府京都市上京区寺町通今出川上ル表町21 市川ビル1F Kyoto-fu. Kyoto-shi. Kamigyo-ku. Teramachi-dori. Imadegawa-agaru. Omote-cho 21 Ichikawa Bldg 1F
Telephone number: 075-252-5605
Access: 京阪電鉄・叡山電鉄 出町柳駅から徒歩約8分minutes from Keifuku Railways Demachiyanagi Station and Eizan Railways Demachiyanagi Station…no parking but there are car parks nearby.
Business hours: 11:30am (2:00pm for café on Sunday)-6:30pm
Cafe holiday: Tuesday & Friday