Friday, October 10, 2008


Satoshi recently won a trip to the Ritz Carlton's dessert buffet. His department apparently achieved their sales goals so they had a dinner party at the Ritz Carlton and a drawing for various prizes.

The certificate was only good for a weekday (since the price of the buffet goes up on the weekends), so we planned on a day when Satoshi would be off, which was yesterday.

When we got to the buffet there were tons of women all chattering and eating various desserts. Drinks off the menu were unlimited and included in the cost of the buffet. You could also order freshly made pizza but that was at an additional cost of 800 yen (about US$8) for a 6 inch pizza.

This was our first round: Kat (macaron (pistachio, lemon & raspberry, chocolate covered mousse). Satoshi (baked alaska, chocolate orange mousse, crepe filled with coconut, banana and custard topped with chocolate gelato). Kat (cafe latte), Satoshi (black coffee).

The second round: Kat (pistachio bavaroise, red fruit baked cheesecake, bread pudding, churro with chocolate sauce, dark chocolate truffle), Satoshi (coconut pearls, peach pudding & chocolate sesame cake). Kat (lapsang souchong), Satoshi (earl grey). This was my first time trying lapsang souchong tea, it reminded me of pur-erhl tea only smokier. I liked it following all those sweets.

The third round: fresh fruits and dried fruits which we shared. Satoshi (assam).

There were many more desserts which we didn't get to try, we were quite full, but it was a great experience.

Splendido dessert buffet @ The Ritz Carlton, 1F
2-5-25 Umeda
Kita-ku, Osaka
Phone: 06.6343.7000
Monday-Friday 14:00-16:30 (from 2900 yen about US$29)
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 14:30-16:30 (from 3900 yen about US$39)
on our way home, we stopped in Breeze Breeze, Satoshi hadn't seen it and it was just about the time for the marionette to move.

We also stopped in to look at an art exhibition by Teppei Sasakura at Daimaru. Tamakikat had told me about it so I was looking forward to seeing it, I had never seen his works before but there was something about them that was really touching. He has a style in which he paints things which you can see through. It is hard to explain, maybe you can google around to see some of his works on the web. (Thanks for the tip Tamakikat!)

It was a great day. It is a 3-day weekend here, hope you enjoy yours.


tamakikat said...

Sounds like a great day Kat.

Congrats to Satoshi and his team for all their sales.

What a great prize he won! It's totally up your street.

Breeze Breeze's marionette sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out next time I'm in Umeda.

Glad you liked the paintings.


Anonymous said...

Hi, I have been reading parts of your blog on and off for about a year now and I am really fascinated by all the recipes that you post. I have tried a couple myself (like the salt&pepper shrimp) and really enjoyed them. I am on the way to starting a foodie blog of my own and have a quick question for you. This might seem silly but how did you get the caption onto all of your photos?

Anonymous said...

Holy Macaronies :)

drools :o0


genkitummy said...

All the desserts look wonderful! It sounds like you both were able to try a lot of different types. Which one was your favorite?

K and S said...

I hope you get a chance to check it out Tamakikat and thanks for telling me about the exhibit :)

Shortearl, do you mean the "Kat & Satoshi" and writing on the photos? I use paint. If you have Paint, look under tools/effects there is an "opaque" option, de-click it and it will make everything you do on your photo transparent. Hope that answers your question, if not, email me :)

Thanks Anon :)

No favorite, but the pistachio bavaroise was delicious because it also had fresh fig in there and the dark chocolate was really rich, though the bread pudding was quite disappointing, Genki.

Take care everyone!

van said...

nice blog!
All those yummy food...
I was googling for a place to get Mariage Freres tea in Australia...but somehow along the way i got into your blog...dunno how ^^
I was in Paris in July, and we bought some tea leaves from Mariage Freres and I'm in love with it. Really regretted for not buying more and it cost so much more to buy it online for it to be shipped over....maybe when I go to Japan in January...I should stop some up.

K and S said...

Thanks Van!

You should definitely stock up when you come to Japan :)

Take care and thanks for stopping by.

Debinhawaii said...

What a great prize--something you might not just go do normally. I would have started with the macarons too. I really like lapsang souchong tea lately--I'm sure it was a great foil for all that sweet.

Jenster said...

As usual, your photos made me want to drool! I think I could make a meal out of this dessert buffet.

Congrats to Satoshi and his team.

KirkK said...

Hi Kat - Major Kudos to Satoshi! A dessert buffet...I bet you wished you had a a second, or even a third stomch for that. I hope you have a great long weekend.

Rowena said...

A pity that they don't have dessert buffets like that over here in Hawaii (or maybe there is and I don't know about it). I mean, even if they did, it would only be the standard stuff plus tropical-type sweets. Nothing like what you had here!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the win! Sounds like you had a fun eating experience. My mouth was watering as I read your descriptions. Yum!


Phoebe said...

desserts for lunch!

hahaha the macarons looked filling.

ila said...

oh i'm so jealous!!! first the ritz carlton THEN the dessert buffet... talk about a sugar rush!
i looove bavaroise... i don't think i've had one in years.

Anonymous said...

What a great day you had! And chocolate sesame cake sounds interesting too.

2kamuela47 said...

Wow Kat those desserts look so ono!

K and S said...

Thanks Jenster, I think there are some Japanese who can make these into a meal too :)

Yes, a second or third stomach would have come in handy, Kirkk :)

Another reason for you to come to Japan soon, Rowena :)

Thanks Paz :)

Actually it was our lunch, Phoebe :)

I hope you get some bavaroise soon, Ila :)

I didn't try it Lavinia, but Satoshi liked it :)

Thanks Laura, we had a nice time.

Take care everyone.

Lori said...

Mmmmm, what a great prize. Everything looks so good!

K and S said...

Thanks Lori, something to try the next time you are in Japan :)

Take care.

beadexplorer said...

Those sweets look so yummy! :)

K and S said...

Thanks Beadexplorer, we had a nice day :)

Take care.

Jann said...

You are killing me with all these desserts and photos! Another great time for you!

K and S said...

Thanks Jann :)

Take care.