Daifuku is a traditional Japanese sweet that's rare to come across in fresh form. (Frozen variations are convenient, though nowhere near authentic should you inquire my opinion.) Sasaki Fine Pastry is one of the few places - besides Little Pebbles - that specializes in the dessert. Already en route to Pacific Mall, I saw no reason to bypass a stopover at J-Town to experience the excitement behind little mounds firsthand.
I weaved through the supermarket and adjoined eateries twice before resorting to Google Maps for the exact coordinates of the small pastry shop. Quickly verifying its spot within J-town, I discovered Sasaki separated from the prepared food section by an unassuming off-white door, camouflaged by Tora Sushi's storefront. The doors across from Izakaya Ju would have led me directly into the compact shop, however a lack of general knowledge had me blindly wandering until finally arriving at my intended destination.
In complete contrast, I merely wished to place my order and vamoose to the next stop. The assortment of mochi-covered confectioneries included Coffee Cream, Mango Cream, Sesame Cream, Chestnut Cream, Matcha Cream, Houjicha Cream, Original Cream, and Strawberry, with fruit varieties priced fifty cents more than the $2.50 cream series.
Parking was shared amongst other businesses in the complex, as well as a large Chinese supermarket. Some signs positioned above the spots stated a two-hour time limit, though it is unsure whether this was, in fact, enforced at all on weekends and holidays.
Ascending the stairs into the thoroughly air-conditioned shop, it was discovered that the cafe connected to the neighbouring hair salon and the corridor separating them. Instead of a standalone, BlackGold simply assumed a store spot like CoCo in Commerce Gate.
Decor was earthy and seating was aplenty; a black-yellow colour scheme resonated throughout the interior, providing a sense of comfort and cohesion. Diners could choose from outward-facing bar seats to cozy booths to small group tables to engage in solitary laptop work or casual conversation.
Throughout the menu introduction, a summer beverage by the name of Pegasus was brought to my attention. Its inclusion of elderberry and lavender syrups (and one another I can't seem to recall) was intriguing, however the craving for a toasty caffeinated beverage remained prominent. In an attempt to obtain the best of both worlds, I requested a 12 oz. latte with the addition of lavender syrup - an extra seventy-five cents in charge.
The floral addition wasn't too discernible in terms of taste, though it did lend a faint herbaceous aroma to the drink. Artistic microfoam details were also appreciated.
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