Remember that post we did about the strawberry shortcake from Ogawaken in Tokyo, Japan? Well, we’ve found our home away from home dessert spot right here in our stomping grounds, Williamsburg. Located on Union Avenue between Richardson and Frost street and next to Re.Union, this little gem takes a more contemporary approach to Euro-Japanese dessert making. Chef Tomoko, who has worked in well-established restaurants across New York like Bouley, Le Bernadin, and the Russian Tea Room, brings her expertise and knowledge to her patisserie.
Patisserie Tomoko has a distinct bar-like feel with its U-shaped counter and seats surrounding an open kitchen area. It’s the perfect quiet spot for some tea and cake. The menu offerings range from an array of sweets displayed in the counter’s glass casing to two prix fixe dessert choices, the Standard ($12) which comes with two courses and the Premium ($16) with three courses for those with an extra sweet tooth. We went with the Standard prix fixe, where we chose a Zuzu Cheesecake (pictured) as our “main course” and a separate order of Berry Tart and green tea. First came the cheesecake and tart. Both were refined to the right amount of sweetness, as most Japanese desserts are—not too overpowering and not too bland. Hints of citrus cut through the creamy cheese filling, bringing an overall zestiness to the dish. The blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries on the tart were extremely fresh, and a dollop of whipped cream along with the crust and custard filling created a scrumptious spoonful. Finally, a plate of rose macaroon, coconut crisp, and black sesame caramel sandwich completed our course.
Between the two of us, this meal satiated our sweet cravings but did not leave us with that heaviness that extra sweet cupcakes or double layered chocolate cakes so often do. Next time you get the craving for something sugary and light, stop by Patisserie Tomoko for a pot of tea and your choice of dessert!
68 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211