I think you guys know by now I have a little soft spot for Japanese patisseries. Sakurado has been one on my radar for quite some time but hadn’t really managed to squeeze in a visit to their South Kensington branch. When they announced the opening of another branch at Chinatown in late 2020, I had every intention to visit but – oh well – we’ve been told to stay at home. But luckily, Sakurado offers not just local delivery (via Deliveroo), but also nationwide delivery! I ordered via their website where you can even select your preferred delivery time slots.
Sakurado prides themselves as a Franco-Japanese mille crepe specialist. Their menu offers a wide selection of mille crepe cake flavours. Many of them feature unique Far East flavours, such as Sweet Potato, Black Sesame, Yuzu, Hojicha, etc.; as well as less conventional mille crepe flavours such as Red Velvet, Tiramisu, Caramel, Coconut, etc. Each mille crepe cake comes in 30 layers that are delicately filled with a rich and velvety cream.
Best of news is that pretty much their entire menu is halal, with one exception for the Rum Canele. Here are the selection of cakes and flavours I tried:
Mille Crepe (£6.25 per slice)
Tiramisu Mille Crepe
The Tiramisu Mille Crepe certainly caught my eye the minute I went scrolling on their menu. Firstly, it’s not quite a common mille crepe flavour. Secondly, as you can see from the picture, it features a different texture with a layer of hand-whipped mascarpone sandwiched in between the mille crepe layers.
Flavour-wise, I really enjoyed the blend of coffee and cocoa powder. It tasted like an actual tiramisu but with more texture.
Vanilla Mille Crepe
Here’s to the king of mille crepe cake flavour. You can’t go wrong with sticking to a classic. It’s a classic for a reason.
The flavours were extremely nice. I loved the lightness of the vanilla cream. It’s simple but it’s no short of delight.
Sea Salt Caramel Mille Crepe
This one made it to my favourite flavours. Caramel isn’t normally my go-to flavour but after seeing some good reviews, I decided to go for it.
I absolutely adored the delectable layers in this one. The caramel flavour wasn’t too overly sweet and I liked that the flavour was kept delicate to the palate. I couldn’t taste much of the savoury flavour from the sea salt but I think the salt definitely helped to make the caramel pop.
Matcha Mille Crepe
The matcha flavour was stronger than I expected, which some may find a little intense if they’re not a particular matcha fan. It’s extraordinarily creamy but slightly denser than I anticipated.
Katsute 100 remains as my best pick for matcha mille crepe in London.
Red Velvet Mille Crepe
I could never resist a red velvet dessert. The red velvet mille crepe was a stunner to the eyes with its red and white colours so neatly layered together. Flavour-wise, it’s got a mild cocoa taste to it seeping through the palate but not so much on the cream cheese frosting flavour from a typical red velvet cake. It’s still a decent one that I enjoyed nonetheless.
Black Sesame Mille Crepe
The striking black colour of the black sesame mille crepe is totally meant for catching eyes. It’s a different style to that from Mille Patisserie which had a more nutty touch. For this one, it’s got a delicate bitterness in it, which came from the charcoal taste that’s laced with the black sesame. It reminded me of Chinese Sweet Black Sesame Soup (芝麻糊) back home but in a form of cake!
Pistachio Mille Crepe
As for the pistachio cake, I was glad that it didn’t have a strong almond aftertaste. Though I was surprised with a more tangy touch that hit me instead.
The pistachio cream has been infused with passionfruit, which offered a very subtle zingy touch against the natural sweetness of the pistachio. I liked it, but I wasn’t crazy over it. For me, it just can’t beat the Lady M (Hong Kong) one.
Passionfruit Mille Crepe
Last but least of the mille crepe selection was the Passionfruit-flavoured mille crepe. Fruit-flavoured cakes can be quite easily a hit and miss. But Sakurado actually managed to hit the spot with this passionfruit mille crepe. It’s got a sharp and tart flavours, which was extremely tangy and zingy to taste.
Basque Burnt Cheesecake (£5.25)
While the mille crepe cakes had been great, my actual favourite from Sakurado was actually this Burnt Basque Cheesecake.
Burnt Basque Cheesecakes have taken up quite a trend globally, haven’t they? I adored this one from Sakurado. The cake was so lusciously moist and creamy. It was perfectly soft and gooey, oozing of rich cheese flavour.
I enjoyed the wide selection of cakes that Sakurado has to offer. Although in my most utmost opinion, I did feel the mille crepe was slightly on the pricier end. There’s definitely room to turn this already-good cake into a wowing one worthing over 6-quid a slice. I would also recommend their Basque Burnt Cheesecake which turned out to be one of my favourites of all!
All their cakes except the Rum Canele is halal friendly.
*Please always double-check with the restaurant as suppliers and ingredients may change
Nearest station: South Kensington