Our next review comes Ben Miller, who had the opportunity to visit the Tokyo Disney Resort.
I am a huge fan of the 1920s and 30s so it certainly comes as no surprise that my favourite Disney Hotel in Tokyo is Disney’s Ambassador Hotel. The resort is located next to the Ikspiari shopping centre and makes a perfect cut through if walking from Tokyo Disneyland to Tokyo DisneySEA. However amongst the corridor of restaurants in the hotel is the Tick Tock Diner. I couldn’t help but stop off here on many occasions during my stay in Tokyo.
This quick service location is styled on the stereotypical idea of an American diner, notice the hidden Mickey in the metal work. A detail, which I adore, is the old ‘wireless’ radios in the window. The design is truly stunning and inviting, the display window featuring all the goodies makes this even more inviting.
It is not surprising that people wait for this place to open at 12pm everyday. The outlet sells a variety of sandwiches to enjoy as a light lunch but it’s certainly not the sandwiches that keep people coming back again and again. If you don’t fancy eating in, you can take your food away with you in these lovely bags.
Originally wanting a snack I popped into the diner to try a couple of their smaller bites. I picked the Mickey Banana Bread and the chocolate filled mochi balls. Mochi balls are made using rice flour as opposed to normal flour and in these case are with a chocolate paste. The rice flour gives the dough a much more elastic texture, the mochi balls were ok but they certainly didn’t want me to go running back for me.
Disappointed I then moved on to the Mickey Banana Bread. These are small and cost around 50 yen (50 cents). This is where I began to fall in love with the Tick Tock. First of all these guys look so cute with their Mickey smiling faces, but also they are moist and full of flavour. They were possibly the best banana bread I have ever eaten.
With this in mind I made a return visit and decided to push the boat out a bit more. I started with the Minnie Mouse Mousse Cake. It is available at most of the lounges in the various resorts as well as the Tick Tock Diner. A creamy and rich strawberry mousse is topped with a strawberry jelly which boasted the fruitful flavours. The white chocolate buttons and Minnie Mouse cookie added another level of sweetness but also a good contrast of texture to the soft mousse. The dessert is so cleverly and so satisfying, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
My all time favourite treat here is the Mickey Mouse Bread. When I first arrived in Tokyo these were filled with chocolate cream but as the Summer Festival started throughout the resort the filling changed to Coconut Cream and it was amazing, I could not enough of these. First of all the attention to detail in the design is spot on, right down to the head band that Mickey wears as part of the Summer Festival. Cocoa based bread dough is filled largely with the sweet and rich flavoured coconut butter filling. Even the ears were deeply filled. It was absolutely amazing, even thinking about it is making my mouth water.
The final treat that I tried on my visit was the also adorable Milk Cream Bread. Shaped to Mickey’s famous glove hand this soft dough is sandwiched with a sweet cream containing crushed up oreo pieces. Again it was a triumph but could not knock the Mickey Mouse Bread off of it’s pedestal in my eyes. With so many other treats shaped and style to Disney characters I can’t wait to one day return and try more of the goodies.
This is a must for everyone and it’s no wonder it’s such a popular spot. Offerings change seasonally to keep people coming back, but their attention to detail and theming is always high. I would love to know some of the other treats available at different times of the year. It’s an absolute must!