Tokyo's best dessert
Recommended: The Oriental Lounge's Mango Mousse
Afternoon tea may be an English tradition, but give it an Asian twist and you'll find yourself at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo's Oriental Lounge.
The top dessert selection here according to NHK World reporter and Miele Guide contributor Ai Uchida is the lush and colorful mango mousse.
"The mango mousse is the star of the collection, but the warm scones and petit fours are close runners up," she says.
With remarkable views of Tokyo, friendly service and more than 20 types of tea, you'll leave here late for your next appointment. But at least you'll be well fed.
Open daily, 10 a.m.-midnight. Afternoon tea: noon-5:30 p.m. Oriental Lounge, 38/F, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, tel. +81 (0) 3 3270 8800, www.mandarinoriental.co.jp
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Recommended: Paper Moon's mille feuille
If the question is cake, the answer is the mille feuille at Paper Moon.
There are few more calming pleasures in Tokyo than sinking into one of the shop's feathered cushions and digging into the vanilla cream and puff pasty.
Paper Moon displays a dozen or more whole cakes in a showcase worthy of a jewelry shop.
"The wait staff are butler-like in their starched collars and black vests," says Uchida.
Open Monday - Thursday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Paper Moon, 4-12-26 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, tel. + 81 (0) 3 3448 1610, www.papermoon.cc
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Winner: Rue Favart's seasonal delights
Okay, we're going to cheat a little bit here.
Because there are so many tooth-destroying selections at Rue Favart in Ebisu, and because the choices change with the seasons, we're picking whatever the popular cafe has got on display today as the best dessert in Tokyo.
Walk in and you'll find dozens of types of individual cakes and tarts.
Alongside dependable favorites such as Roquefort cheesecake and pumpkin pudding, the innovative pastry chefs -- they bake behind a display case -- are constantly coming up with seasonal creations, such as tiramisu infused with berries, or a fig tart filled with lemon cream.
In addition, the soft-serve ice cream is tangy in a Greek-yogurt kind of way.
"The ice cream is not to be missed," says NHK World reporter Ai Uchida.
Open daily, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Rue Favart, 3-28-12 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, tel. + 81 (0) 3 5421 0688