Enjoying parfaits at night to finish off the evening was a trend which started in Hokkaido in 2014 and is now beginning to trickle down to other parts of Japan. These Shime Parfait シメパフェ, meaning “closing parfait," can now be enjoyed in other major cities. In Tokyo, for example, we reviewed the excellent Roy to Silo, a parfait bar in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho entertainment district which takes the concept even further, staying open all night long for those who yearn for delicious parfaits.
Nagoya may very well be the next big Shime Parfait city. Earlier this year, Hitohata Inc. established the Nagoya Parfait Promotion Council, which immediately set about identifying Nagoya shops which serve parfaits at night and encouraging others to do so as well. Through its efforts, over 13 Nagoya establishments serve Shime Parfait, and the list is rapidly growing.
A cafe with a casual and laid-back yet stylish interior, QO cafe air is known for its sweet and savory tarts and other baked goods.
With fresh seasonal fruits and sorbets paired with chiffon cake and home-baked cookies made with a compote of fruits and vegetables, it’s a luxurious parfait nested in an entirely edible cup. This parfait was specially created on the occasion of the cafe’s inclusion in the Nagoya Parfait collection.
Although famous for its “niku burger" (an inside-out burger with thickly sliced tomato and sweet onion pressed between two extra thick beef patties, secured to a chopping board with a skewer and topped at your table with mounds of fresh-grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese), Three Place also makes delicious desserts and parfaits.
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Nagoya establishments serve Shime Parfait, and the list is rapidly growing.