Can you spot the accessory from the real cupcake?
If you are in Tokyo then you probably know Q-pot.(the period is part of their name, and they’re picky about it so dunforgetit!). Basically, Q-pot. spurred the trend of real-looking silicone or plastic sweets being worn as accessories in Tokyo. Now this is EVERYWHERE, from phone straps to necklaces to photo-realistic sweet things on clothing…. but Q-pot. is also expensive as they have each macaron, caramel corn and melting chocolate truffle carved to perfection by local artisans (you know, those people who make the real looking food in Japanese restaurant cases. They’re exceptionally good!). So the trend trickled down to cheaper stuff, but Q-pot. still reigns. Where? In innovation of course.
And this time Q-pot. is innovating with a real dessert stand; a cafe in Aoyama. I didn’t go in necessarily expecting to report on this, but I was so impressed I couldn’t keep silent!
It’s kind of like a little fun house. It’s just one large room with each wall or area marked off into little sections with numbers. They call it the “whipped cream” area or the “chocolate drink bar” area.
The decor reminds me of Alice in Wonderland’s mad tea party.
The tables are carved from wood in Q-pot.’s signature cookie design. The booth seats had tables that were fashioned into chocolate bars.
The cafe offers a couple of dessert sets where one can choose from a selection of chocolates, cupcakes, macarons, and drinks. I had a truffle and macaron and it came out on a Fornisetti-style plate arrange to look quite surreaistic.
In fact, surrealism abounds here and that is why I love this place so much. The wallpaper hides little bouts of tricks. Like the tooth with the cavity in the restroom.
And the little mouse “room” in the wall.
Finally, there’s the secret room smack in the middle. Here, only those who make special arrangements can enter, and they are treated to a surreal “course”-style meal. It make looks like meat and spaghetti, but in fact everything is made of desserts. WOW. Gotta try this sometime…
Wakamatsu-san is the genius behind Q-pot. and I must admit I am so highly impressed/pleased/in awe of how has been able to grow this brand. Despite being so niche and artisan, it has managed to find it’s customer…and then fringe people like me who are kept curious and want to keep checking back in to see what crazy thing they’ve come up with next!