Another food post by the non-foodie Lauryn (everyone has to eat, right?).
“Will you be eating the cookies soon?” The young cashier asked me as he placed each pastry in a small paper bag. He was wearing an apron like the bakers I had seen in the back with a crisp white shirt but still managed to look casual in that millennial way. I hadn’t paid him much attention until now. We were consuming the cookies shortly, but his question intrigued me.
“Relatively soon. Does it need to be refrigerated?” Like all the pastries at Tokyo premium Bakery, it had been sitting out on the shelves designed for customers to fill their tray themselves before proceeding to the young cashier.
“No, but if you will not these eating it today, I can wrap them plastic. Japanese dough is accustomed to humidity so it’s at risk to dry out.” He explained this in a very understanding tone that suggested he’s done this before….many times. Considering there was no way any of the cookies would last the day, I declined the plastic wrap relieved he wasn’t passing judgement on me for eating these gigantic treats all in one day.
The cookie in question was the Sunrise. Described as a “soft, sweet bread covered with lemon-flavored cookie”, it took me a bite to understand said description. With each doughy bite, complete with a lemon cookie shell, it was nothing short of special.
I found I had to rely on many of the descriptions here to determine what I was purchasing. Specializing in “Japanese-style bread and pastries”, Tokyo Premium Bakery is certainly authentic. While you will recognize some pastries, such as the croissants (delightful), others are not your typical Denver bakery fare. We also tried chocolate cornet, a Japanese cornet- shaped sweet bun filled with chocolate custard. This one came wrapped in plastic so we did not have to worry about your consumption time, but ate it right away just in case.
The same goes for the drink menu. Offering a variety of coffee and lattes, you will also find Japanese specialties such as the Matcha latte and Houjicha (a Japanese green tea I learned) Latte. I chose the Turmeric Ginger Chai, fulfilling my caffeine and antioxidant quota for the day.
One of their specialties we sadly did not try. We learned you need to order their famous bread 24 hours in advance and plan to do so soon. The person behind me was picking up his loaf of bread, called SHOKU-PAN. Available by one-third or a whole loaf, the slices are up to 4 inches thick. Used as sandwich bread, it is described as “soft and fluffy” and makes my typical sandwich bread look like cardboard.
South Pearl Street has long been a hot bed for Japanese food in Denver. Now you can make a day of it, starting at Tokyo Japanese Bakery for breakfast and eating your way through lunch and dinner at the neighboring restaurants. Just be sure to order your SHOKUPAN ahead of time.
Tokyo Premium Bakery is located at 1540 S Pearl street and offers seating for dine-in. For hours (do check as it’s closed Mondays and certain Tuesdays) and more information, visit https://tokyopremiumbakery.com/
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