From February 1, INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO offers new chocolate gâteau and soft serve ice cream additions to its food menu for a limited time only.
These items were specially developed with the renowned aroma chocolate brand ca ca o, which has previously created official souvenirs for world leaders at such prestigious events as the G20 summit in Osaka and the enthronement of Emperor Naruto. Another partner is the Hayama-based BEAT ICE, which sells ice cream made from amazake (a sweet drink made from fermented rice) and is designed to be good for both the body and the local community. Taking inspiration from the INTERSECT BY LEXUS concept as a place where new talent comes together, the collaborators created delicious and original treats for guests.
Exclusive to INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO, guests can choose from the ca ca o Amaou Strawberry Chocolate Gâteau with Amazake and Coconut Milk Ice Cream or the Vegan Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream. The Amaou Strawberry Chocolate Gâteau is also available for takeout.
Moreover, the ground floor Garage space will transform for this event courtesy of CHIKAKEN, the bamboo art team that specializes in creating connections between people, the city, and nature. Visit INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO to experience this unique place born from the fusion of Japan’s rich food culture and craftsmanship. It is the perfect choice for Valentine's Day or White Day (March 14).
ca ca o Amaou Strawberry Chocolate Gâteau with Amazake and Coconut Milk Ice Cream 1,300 yen (incl. tax)
This is an exuberant set featuring chocolate gâteau made with ca ca o chocolate and an original 100% amaou strawberry confiture as well as vegan ice cream that truly captures the sweet aroma of cacao by taking amazake, sometimes described as a “drinkable IV-drip,” and coconut milk, which is praised for its beauty benefits, and leaving them overnight to soak in ca ca o’s cacao nibs. The chocolate gâteau is served warm for the very best experience.
Vegan Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream 580 yen (incl. tax)
This soft serve ice cream blends two, very different types of ca ca o chocolate from Colombia: one flamboyant and one deep. Exclusive to INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO, the soft serve is a symbiosis of richly textured sweetness and the gentle aftertaste left by the coconut milk base.
Amaou Strawberry Chocolate Gâteau 2,800 yen (incl. tax) (takeout only)
Available only for takeout, the Amaou Strawberry Chocolate Gâteau matches the full sweetness of amaou strawberries with the expansive tastes of cacao. This is a remarkably rich marriage of fruity and bitter flavors.
Saki Yamaguchi (BEAT ICE)
BEAT ICE is conceived as an “exploration laboratory” for creating ice cream so good, it makes the heart beat faster when you eat it. Saki Yamaguchi’s mission is to search for the excitement that comes from encountering the true nature of ice cream. Inspired by the desire to share with the world the wonders of terraced rice fields, she developed and released a type of ice cream in May 2018 in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, using rice grown locally on terraced rice fields. It was praised both for its unique, gentle flavor that condenses the original sweetness of rice into the “drinkable IV-drip” that is amazake and also for its sustainable model whereby part of the sales is returned to the terraced rice fields. It was adopted in late 2018 as one of the official perks offered by Hayama for the Hometown Tax Donation Program tax incentive scheme. In partnership with Japanese terraced rice field preservation organizations in, as of January 2020, Reihoku in Kochi Prefecture and Obasute in Nagano Prefecture, she is expanding her terraced rice field ice cream initiative nationwide in order to support this form of traditional agriculture through delicious ice cream.
Shingo Ishihara (Cacao Director, Journey company)
Originally unable to eat chocolate himself, Shingo Ishihara founded ca ca o in 2015 after he was inspired by his experience in Colombia of eating fresh cacao and witnessing the joy that it brings people. He knew that he wanted to create a whole new culture in Japan whereby people enjoy chocolate that is truly delicious and that has a story behind it. Growing cacao beans today on his own farm in Colombia, he fuses art and science to propose new ways of enjoying cacao through chocolate products and beyond.
CHIKAKEN Take-akari Festival (Directors: Chikao Ikeda, Kenshi Mishiro)
Founded by Chika and Ken, who first met at Sojo University, this team creates bamboo lantern festivals. Aspiring to foster community development through festivals, the group brings people together with each other, with the local area, and with nature, weaving a landscape unique to the location. It transforms parts of environmental cycles into artworks with the aim of establishing its Take-akari model of festivals as a new, sustainable aspect of Japanese culture. CHIKAKEN will handle the exhibition at Garage while the special menu is available.