Taiyaki is a traditional Japanese sweet that is usually a pancake like dough that is stuffed with azuki bean paste and grilled in a fish (tai is the Japanese word for sea bream) shape. I am usually not a big fan unless they are hot off the grill as the dough gets very soft and it is just a mushy cake.
Today in Kichijoji (武蔵野市吉祥寺本町1-7-10; Musashino-shi, Kichijoji Honcho 1-7-10) I came across a new shop that just opened in early February called Croissant Taiyaki. Basically taiyaki but made with croissant dough and studded with sugar crystals before it is grilled. Brilliant. The croissant dough bakes and is crunchy and especially crispy on the outer bits. The azuki was the chunky-style, not the smooth paste. The taiyaki sells for 200 yen each and was the perfect mid-morning snack.
This evening in Shinjuku I came across a second shop at the famous Studio ALTA just outside of the Higashi-Guchi East Exit. It had a line and seemed to be very popular.
There are currently 13 shops in Tokyo, including one inside of Tokyo Station’s in the Keiyo Street section.