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Shime parfait is all the rage in Sapporo. Try one of these at the end of your night out!

Shime parfait is all the rage in Sapporo. Try one of these at the end of your night out!

Update: 19 July 2018

You’re on a night out in Sapporo. You’ve had your fill of Hokkaido cuisine and you’re thinking about going back to your hotel... But wait! The cool thing to do in Sapporo these days is to go for a parfait to round off your evening. What do you reckon? One more stop before you head back? Here are two places we recommend in downtown Sapporo for a night-time parfait!

Parfait, Coffee, Sake, Sato. Serving a great selection of parfait balls!

The first place we’re going to tell you about is Parfait, Coffee, Sake, Sato. It’s three minutes’ walk from Hosui Susukino Subway Station on the Toho line, or 5 minutes from Odori Station on the same line. The bar is located in a little L-shaped alley in Tanukikoji 1-chome. It opened in 2016 and it’s so popular you’ll usually have to wait in line for a table (324 yen cover charge payable from 6PM).

The interior décor is Japanese-style plain wood, with a counter and raised seating area.
The trendy black tables are custom made to show off the stunning-looking parfaits!

The ball-shaped parfaits they serve here are deceptive – you can’t really tell what they’re going to taste like just from their names or how they look.

Take Mame to Ume, Hojicha (Beans, plums and roasted green tea), for example. This dish contains an amazing variety of ingredients, such as shiratama (rice flour dumplings), anko (bean paste), soft scoop ice cream, arare (little rice crackers), hojicha mousse, wasanbon ice cream (Japanese refined sugar), edamame cream, boiled beans and Japanese plum sorbet. The texture and sweetness of the boiled beans combines with the acidity of the plum sorbet to create a taste sensation that regular customers just can’t get enough of!

▲Mame to Ume, Hojicha (Beans, plums and roasted green tea) (1,220 yen)

Another example is Salted Caramel and Pistachio. This dish is notable for its sharp-tasting red blackcurrant mousse, with sumptuous salt caramel and pistachio giving the ice cream on top a truly distinctive flavor.

▲ Salt Caramel and Pistachio (1,188 yen)

Chocolate and Mango is another novel combination. This parfait works so well because of the mild and mellow flavors created by the combination of chocolate and mango.

▲ Chocolate and Mango (993 yen)

If you need a recommendation for a drink to go with these unique parfaits, we’d suggest coffee for Mame to Ume, Hojicha, sparkling wine for Salted Caramel and Pistachio, and perhaps a cognac with Chocolate and Mango. You can have whatever you like, these are just suggestions! And naturally, there are plenty of other things to order besides parfaits.

▲Drinks (from left): Sparkling wine (756 yen), mild roast coffee (594 yen), Paul Giraud Tradition cognac (1,080 yen).

All the ice cream, soft scoop ice cream, and candy used in the parfaits are handmade in the bar. "The idea here is to create a perfect balance of sweet and sour, with a combination of contrasting textures in a single parfait dish,” says Satoshi Tomofumi, the owner.

▲ Tomofumi-san insists on carefully selected ingredients to create his delicious parfait flavors, and always uses high quality Hokkaido milk or cream. He adds unique candy and confectionery pieces to heighten the effect of each dish.

By all means, be sure to try the delectable parfaits! You’ll be so happy you indulged.

  • Parfait、Coffee、Sake、Sato
    パフェ、珈琲、酒、佐藤
    • Address 〒060-0062 北海道札幌市中央区南2条西1-6-1 第3広和ビル1階/Dai3 Hirowa Bld.1F 1-6-1, Minami2-jonishi, Chuo-ku Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, 060-0062, Japan
    • Phone Number 011-233-3007

    Opening hours: Tuesday - Thursday 6:00PM - Midnight (Last order 11:30PM), Friday
    6:00PM – 2:00AM (Last order 1:30AM), Saturday 1:00PM – 2:00AM (Last order 1:30AM), Sunday 1PM - Midnight (Last order 11:30PM).
    Closed: Mondays (open on Monday public holidays), end of year/New Year.

Parfaiteria Pal, Night-time Parfait Specialties

Shime-parfait or “night parfaits”, the name given to a parfait that you eat at the end of a night out, first became popular in Sapporo in 2015.

Even before that, there were places that served parfaits and cakes in the evening. In Susukino there’ve been shops serving ice cream until midnight for a long time now. In other words, the habit of eating a dessert at the end of the evening isn’t new in Sapporo.

Sapporo residents have taken to this new trend quite happily. It’s a novel way of rounding off a night out instead of going for a bowl of ramen, for example.

The bars mentioned above are all part of this new trend but there are plenty of other places to go to for their unique handcrafted candies and parfaits.

Last of all, we’re going to tell you about a specialty parfait bar called Parfaiteria Pal.

It’s about three minutes’ walk from Hosui-Susukino Station. Located on the 6th floor of a south-facing building opposite National Route 36, this place has a natural wood themed decor. It’s a perfect place for a parfait.

The recommended parfait here, Pistachio and Chocolate, is made with bonet (an Italian chocolate pudding), pistachio panna cotta (sweet cream with gelatine) and gelato (soft Italian ice cream). Pistachios and chocolate make for an irresistible combination.

▲ Pistachio and Chocolate parfait (1,250 yen) with sparkling wine, the recommended drink of the day (700 yen).

This parfait features a variety of taste and texture. It’s been created to bring you a carefully structured taste experience, from start to finish.

There’s a whole range of other parfaits to try, packed with seasonal fruits. They’re not overly sweet so they go perfectly with alcoholic drinks. Of course it’s fine to order a parfait even if you’re not drinking!

  • Yoru Parfait Senmonten Parfaiteria bel
    夜パフェ専門店 パフェテリア パル
    • Address 〒064-0804 北海道札幌市中央区南4条西2-10-1 南4西2ビル6階/Minami4nisi2 Bld.6Fs, 2-10-1, Minami4-jonishi, Chuo-ku Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, 064-0804, Japan
    • Phone Number 011-200-0559

    Opening hours: 6:00PM – 2:00 AM (Last order 1:30 AM)
    Closed: Unscheduled holidays, End of year/New year

We all have a sweet tooth here at Live Japan, so we’re always up for a dessert at the end of a night out. We’re thrilled to see these night-time parfait bars opening up: and we love it that they also serve alcohol if you want a drink. If you’re planning on visiting Sapporo, make sure you try out this new trend in the city’s night-life!

* All prices in this article include tax.

Written by:Fumi

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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