Donut # 4: Heart Bread Antique: Chocolate ring

Japan, Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza, 3丁目4−17 Japan, Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza, 3丁目4−17
Donut # 4: Heart Bread Antique: Chocolate ring. Chuo, Japan

Half donut, half planet, the vast 'chocolate ring' is partially hollowed out and filled with gooey chocolate and nuts, and it really ought to be listed and protected as a national treasure. In fact, the only reason it doesn't rank higher on our list is because we're not entirely sure that it's a donut at all. It certainly looks like a donut, albeit one that could be used as a child's bed, and there are moments when you'd swear that it couldn't be anything other than a donut, just as there are times when you're pretty sure you're eating a danish pastry. Suffice to say that it takes a lot of time to finish, and leaves you feeling fat (if you eat the whole thing yourself) and confused. But the confusion is part of the charm. It's a donut with mystery: arguably the best kind. Chocolate ring. ¥500. Available from Heart Bread Antique, at various locations across the city

Stepping into the café area of Heart Bread is a little like joining Alice in Wonderland. Everything is just so. Everything is also just for donut lovers - there are giant plastic donuts hanging off every hook and handle, and huge donut cushions for you to place your soon to be donut-sized backside on. Odd, then, that actual donuts are far and few between. On our visits, pastries have been the order of the day - the only donut on offer being the huge but admittedly delightful 'Choco Ring', a half donut, half pastry concoction, filled with rich, fresh chocolate and a smattering of nuts. We wouldn't advise eating a whole one - best to share it among four hungry friends - but if you plan to traipse out for a Ginza treat, then make it for this phenomenal beastie alone.

Bill (for one)
Choco ring, ¥500
Iced café latte, ¥630

Total: ¥1,130

3-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo

Transport Ginza Station (Hibiya, Ginza, Marunouchi lines)

Telephone 03 6228 6806

Open Dailly, 11am-6pm (takeout, from 10am)

Admission ¥1,000-¥2,000

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