Ice Monster is a very slick and hugely popular shaved ice cafe on Tokyo's ultra-chic Omotesando boulevard, and opened just this spring, on April 29.
|Ice Monster, on Omotesando Boulevard, Jingumae, Tokyo|
We dropped in tonight at around dinner time, when most people are looking for a meal rather than a snack, so we got a seat right away.
|A truly monster Mango Sensation, at Ice Monster, Tokyo (and a napkin with the cute MS logo)|
We were struck by the very stylish woodwork ceiling, set off by an almost equally stylish (in the context) bare concrete floor, for an overall clean, mod black, white, brown and gray decor.
The menu was equally simple, with only about half a dozen things on the menu: four shaved ices (called "Sensations") and a handful of soft serve ice creams.
|First floor of Ice Monster, Omotesando|
Ice Monster's "Sensations" are huge! And they redefine "shaved ice." Forget the corny, forgettable funfair idea of super-cold miniature shards of frozen water that melt immediately and unremarkably the moment they hit your tongue, and are gone in a fake-tasting, sugary blur.
|Partway through our Mango Sensation - note the panettone-like texture|
Toward its base, the towering icy mound is complemented with a scoop of two of mango ice cream, embedded with actual pieces of mango, and with a chunk of what looked and tasted like sweetened tofu. A melody of textures.
|Coffee & Kahlua soft serve ice cream at Ice Monster|
|Upstairs at Ice Monster - with distinctive ceiling feature|
All good things must end, and after a good twenty or so minutes we left our table, and couldn't resist a peek upstairs. The eye-catcher upstairs was, again, the ceiling, but with a different twist: artfully suspended wooden balls.
|Ice Monster, Omotesando, on its conspicuous corner site.|
Ice Monster on Omotesando is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, with last orders at 8:30 p.m.
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