The "Owl House" is on a side street off the famous Sugamo shopping arcade, or Granma's Harajuku as it is commonly known. During a recent visit most of the clientele were chatty seniors in their trademark outfits of clashing florals. We took our seats at a table overlooking the central, glass-enclosed aviary. Drinks are included in the one-hour fee, and cakes are Y500 extra - but well worth the extravagance.
While the menu features seven cakes decorated with lifelike owl faces, only two or three varieties are available each day. We went with a spectacled owl cake, a dead ringer for the cafe's own Watson, and were very pleasantly surprised. It was a real taste sensation - rich dark chocolate mousse with orange and vanilla flavors, a cashew-nut beak and crunchy almond-cookie wings. It's really far more sophisticated than it looks.
Among Tokyo owl cafes, Owl House stands out for its unusual parliament of owls. Along with the familiar barn owl, scops and eagle owls are the rare spectral owl, snowy owl, Verreaux's eagle owl, sooty owl, striped owl, Ural owl, and a tiny ferruginous pygmy owl.
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