Ken’s Cafe in Tokyo, tucked away in the Shinjuku neighbourhood, is popular among discerning gourmands for one thing: its gâteau au chocolat (French chocolate cake), prized for its decadent richness. And getting your hands on a cake is like trying to buy a Hermès Birkin bag. You have to reserve it in advance, and we're told the average waiting time is supposedly around three months. But you might be able to walk in and buy a cake off the shelf (there are smaller branches scattered around the city) while holidaying in Tokyo — if you’re very lucky.

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