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 metro 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. The cookies were dry despite the ‘mountain’ of shaved ice layered over them. The brown stain on the cookie (as pictured) was only there because I scraped my spoon against it.

And having tried 4 flavours, I recommend ordering the ones with milk(-flavoured ice). 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 order that, 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