Iron Frank's recent posting on his trip to Japan, and his fondness for curry pan (looks like a jelly doughnut, but is filled with curry!) reminds me that I recently had a very good jelly doughnut. Jelly doughnuts are extremely rare here, and even the grape jelly doughnuts (grape is blasphemy in my family) at Starbucks have been replaced with a meat doughnut recently...but I digress.
Paul is apparently an old famous bakery in Paris that has tied up with one of Japan's less impressive bread companies (Pasco; well, they do make good English muffins) and opened a few branches here lately. I went into the one in the Izumi Garden tower or whatever it's called, near the Roppongi 1-chome station, and was immediately mesmerized by all the pastries and bread. While I basically wanted one of everything, I settled on the beignet framboise, otherwise known as a raspberry jelly doughnut. The dough was slightly cakey, not too sweet, and while the amount of jelly was slightly less than I had expected, it was overall a very good doughnut. Now I have to get back and work my way through the rest of the pastry case.
There are apparently branches in Yotsuya and in the new Marunouchi Building, but the one in the Izumi building has the added plus of being right next to a new branch of Peet's. Donuts and good coffee...I'm in heaven. It's a good thing I don't live/work any closer.
(Suggestion: this building is still under construction and it can be rather tricky to find your way into the courtyard where the shops are. Going through the subway station seems to work well.)