Friday, 30 September 2016

花塩プリンとメロンパン (Salt Pudding and Melonpan)

Yesterday's post was so short I thought that I should post today too. And of course, it's about food (it's amazing how I'm not 100kg by now).

Anyway, last week, I met up with two friends and we went to go try the flower salt (花塩) pudding at Itoshima! I've actually heard about it early this year, but because you need a car to get there, I've never really had the chance to go.

Until last week, that is.

Obviously, I was super excited.

The place. I don't know if you can see this, but the door is smaller than usual.
Itaru (there are two cafes/restaurants) was open and the place is simply gorgeous! I really, really love the house.


And of course, there's an old-fashioned stove, and for someone like me who lives in a tropical country, it never gets boring to see one.


I couldn't really take a picture of the ceiling, but I love how bright and airy it was.


The inside is equally gorgeous! We didn't sit on the tatami area, but we did get some amazing comfortable cushions.


Plus, look at the pumpkin!


We came for the pudding, but this place basically specialises in salt. So there are dishes like fish baked in salt, which sounds amazing, but I wasn't that hungry. Perhaps next time. And the normal pudding was already sold out, so we got the sesame version.

For some reason, everyone imagined black sesame, but turns out it was the normal kind.

The pudding and coffee set. 
 I don't drink coffee, so I swapped my drink for my friend's matcha, but that's not the point. The point is that the pudding was AMAZING!

If you go to Itoshima, you HAVE to eat this. 
The salt (which was only at the top) stops the pudding from being too sweet and complements its creamy sweetness extremely well. I totally recommend it.

While we were eating, one of my friends realised that the place was near this really famous melonpan shop which only opens on weekends. And has a limited stock. After checking that they were still open, we hopped into the car and drove five minutes there


Unfortunately, we ate the melonpan on the spot, so I don't have any photos. The shop is incredible sweet, though, and I took photos of that!

Outside
If you like melonpan and you're in Itoshima on Saturday or Sunday, it's worth checking this place out. Warning: the melon pan is substantial, so small eaters might want to share.

eat-in corner
I definitely need to learn how to drive, if only to be able to explore the Itoshima area properly.