Tucked away on a narrow cherry blossom-lined street, Tokyo’s very first kissaten, or tearoom, welcomed its first customers some 125 years ago in 1888. Serving handmade sweets, fragrant teas and dark, strong coffees, the distinct charm of kissatens lay in their cosy atmospheres coupled with warm, homey service.
As the years rolled by, aside from the traditional sweet treats and home- brewed beverages, kissatens began serving light refreshments such as sandwiches, alongside heartier comfort fare including kare raisu (curry rice) and Japanese-style spaghetti.
Meanwhile, as French-Japanese relations grew stronger in recent decades, French artisanal cooking techniques and influences started to permeate the Japanese cuisine. It wasn’t long before food establishments around Japan, including kissatens, started serving foods native to France – think warm, fluffy soufflés, creamy parfaits, crusty French breads and buttery, flaky pastries.
In spite of this influence, the Japanese, proud of their own fresh produce and flavors, would oftentimes infuse a local twist to these French dishes. You would have matcha (green tea) and azuki (red beans) beautifully married into lush french soufflés or savoury teriyaki chicken served on delightfully chewy french baguette.
And it was in this wonderful melting pot of flavours that lay the inspiration behind Miam Miam.
Inspired by the grace and old-school charm of kissatens, the fresh flavors and ingredients of Japanese cuisine, together with French artisanal cooking techniques, Miam Miam promises a delicious experience through and through. Using only the freshest, sustainable-sourced ingredients, Miam Miam takes pride in bringing the best of both French and Japanese cuisines to you.
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