Sweets @ Minatoya みなと屋 (Tokyo, Japan)

March 27, 2019 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

I honestly enjoy kakigori (shaved ice) hunting when I am in Japan. Just the ice alone makes a huge difference. So besides Mamatoko, the other kakigori shop that I went during my February 2018 trip was Minatoya.

Tucked inside Sasazuka’s shopping arcade, Minatoya was a 5 to 8 minutes walk from Sasazuka station. Besides kakigori, the shop also sold takoyaki. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try the latter as I only prepared sufficient stomach space for kakigori. Oops. And from the menu (pages 1, 2), I ordered:-


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1) Kakigori #1, ¥900 (above) – Cacao, カカオ.


2) Kakigori #2, ¥1000 (above) – Mont blanc, おいもんぶらん.


3) Kakigori #3, ¥850 (above) – Kumquat (kinkan) milk, 金柑ミルク.

4) Kakigori #4, ¥900 (above) – Pistachio milk, ピスタチオミルク.

The ice at Minatoya was really light and fluffy. I mean… Although the cookies were placed in the middle of my cacao kakigori, the cookies came out clean and dry. Now, that’s really impressive cause it’s despite a ‘mountain’ of shaved ice layered over it. The brown stain (as pictured) was only there because I scraped my spoon against the cookie.

And having tried 4 flavours, I recommend ordering the ones which have milk. I especially liked the mont blanc-kakigori. Though one should also try ordering their signature pumpkin (かぼちゃ) kakigori which has drizzled caramel sauce too. I meant to, but I got distracted by the seasonal flavour (kumquat milk).

MINATOYA みなと屋
2 Chome−41−20 Sasazuka, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan (東京都 渋谷区 笹塚 2-41-20 岡田ビル 1F)
+81 3 6383 3120, Website, Tablelog
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Tues, Thur – Sun : 11:00 – 19:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 7
Service: 7
* Closed on Wed