Hiroki Dessert, Espresso & Tea
2224 N 56th St, Seattle
Price: Fair (all the cakes are around $5.50)
As a dedicated foodie, even at time when you are full, you will still eat simply because there are just good food you don't want to miss out on (hehe). So even though we had a great brunch at Cafe Besalu, but we couldn't pass up on the chance to try a place that served green tea tiramisu which G recommended.
Hiroki was actually pretty close to Cafe Besalu, so we only had to drive for about 15 minutes. The shop was very relaxing with a seaside feel to it. The walls was painted a light mint green color with many art pieces hanging on the wall. I actually loved the feel of this place. This place actually remind me a lot of Chicco on Robson, except it has more dessert and better lighting.
The green tea tiramisu was definitely delicious. It was not overly sweet. The mousse layer was very soft and fluffy. The tiramisu had a detectable alcohol flavor. Since I am unfamiliar with alcohol, I have no idea which one was used. I did ask the chef, but his answer was "it's a secret". I guess that's their secret ingredient. :P
They had a big selection of desserts, and since there were 4 of us, we couldn't just order one. I chose the souffle cheesecake. Although this was also very creamy, but the texture was more cake like. In a sense, this was similar to a Japanese cheesecake.The last slice was the Mango Honey Cheesecake. This one was very creamy and more dense. I couldn't really detect any honey flavor, but the mango flavor was definitely there. Although this was good, but it was too sweet for me, maybe it's the honey + sugar combo that push it over my limit. When R saw that they have caramel pudding, he definitely wanted to try it. Since we just had the caramel pudding from Cake-ya recently, we had something to compare it with. Although the pudding was not bad, but it is far from the quality when compared. The pudding here was not as soft or creamy. This one was more jello like. R isn't as into dessert as I am, so he chose one of the savory snack to try. Apparently these are limited, and not available all the time. The bread was eggy and dense. On top of that, there was actually half a boiled egg inside as well.
Overall, I really liked Hiroki, because the ambiance was very relaxing and it seems like a great place to go for a good chat. The desserts were certainly good, and the prices are fair. If you ever get the chance to visit, be sure to try their unique green tea tiramisu, as it is the only place that I know who serves it.