What beats the heat, or the slog of long day, better than Japanese sweets and a tranquil Japanese setting? Located at EMQuartier, the flagship Kyo Roll En occupies a cosy corner, spaced out for maximal Zen effect. The café is divided into an isolated water garden area, with white sofas and wooden tables overlooking turquoise water beneath a glass floor, and a rock garden area that is decorated with white marble pebbles and based on the Zen precepts of clean lines, warm natural hues, and minimalism.
The menu is best viewed with a thirst-quenching Momo Tennensui (B95) in hand, a glass of peach-infused mineral water. Inside the pages appear signature soft ice creams—in flavours of charcoal vanilla (shockingly black in colour with classic vanilla taste) and matcha—and a variety of dessert sets, featuring combinations of roll cakes, assorted fruit, Japanese mochi, and kanten jelly. There are a few exclusive options that don’t appear at other Kyo Roll En outlets, too, like the Custard Pudding (B95), with mellow caramel syrup and vanilla powder beneath the sweet mix.
Popular choices include the Zen Roll Kaiseki (B259), a “Zen” sponge roll stuffed with matcha cream, made from premium green tea imported from Kyoto, and the two signature charcoal vanilla and matcha ice creams. The platter also comes with fresh strawberries and oranges, Shiratama mocha, Adzuki beans, and nama chocolate truffles. A feast for the eyes as well as the appetite.
As expected, matcha is a key element in many of Kyo Roll En’s creations. A modern incarnation of the ageless tea comes in the form of Matcha Deluxe Parfait (B229). The sundae features layers of matcha pudding, panna cotta, Adzuki beans, matcha ice cream topped with Shiratama mochi and kanten jelly, and even a matcha granita. An extra-long spoon ensures all layers can be enjoyed in one aromatic scoop.
Continuing with the modern inspiration, the Shades of Grey (B279) is more than your ordinary cake and ice cream. Charcoal sauce, splattered to add substance to the white plate, lends an artistic touch to ceramic, like paint on canvas. Chocolate ice cream is then sandwiched between charcoal cookies and placed beside a chocolate cake. The sponge cake is prepared with a surprise centre: matcha lava (of course) pours out with the touch of a spoon. A little bitterness from dark chocolate cuts the richness of the matcha. Fresh blueberries balance out the sweetness of the Belgian chocolate, decadent sponge cake, and charcoal macaroon. Zen? This dish, maybe not. But it’s certainly divine.
Kyo Roll En
BF The EmQuartier | Phrom Phong BTS | 021082660 | kyorollen.com | daily 10am – 10pm