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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
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)
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