Cold Stone Creamery Tokyo!
This weekend, we took the kids to Cold Stone Creamery in Roppongi Hills, about a 10-minute walk from our house in Azabu Juban. Even though it’s been there for quite some time now – about four years at least – we had never taken the kids. There are so many things that are familiar with it, including the logo, the “like-it” and “love-it” sizing, and the blending in of toppings into the ice cream. But there are also unfamiliar things that make it uniquely Japanese: the creations are different and they do not have all of the same ice-cream flavors as in the U.S. Though they have the regular cakes available, the cakes are different too – more in the form of a jelly roll with ice cream in it. I will say, the funniest and best part of any Cold Stone experience is the singing. Of course, in the U.S. the servers sing when someone leaves a
$1 tip. Here in Japan, partially because there’s no tipping here, they sing while they scoop – no matter what. The two lovely women sang in English, a tune we knew, and the kids, my husband and I made appropriate appreciation noises. But we really loved it. It seemed so genuine. They wanted to please us, and weren’t just doing anything for the money. I love the Japanese orientation toward service. It’s truly lovely.
Regarding the ice-cream product, it’s also different than in the U.S. The Japanese palate would never withstand the overwhelming sweetness that Americans adore in their ice-cream mix-ins. So the ice cream itself is not as sweet and the mix-ins are less plentiful, but no less delicious. Of course their idea of a brownie is again, less sweet than an American idea, but m&m’s are m&m’s for goodness’ sake!
All in all it was a successful and yummy outing. If you’re in the Roppongi area, I’d highly recommend it for a treat.