On a sleepy stretch of Western Boulevard, in a partially hidden tiny strip mall, sits Nagomi Cake House, a cute Japanese Dessert specialist that @attran99 and @thechez5 have been talking about on our boards for awhile now (thank you!). (It also happens to sit next door to the wonderful, humble Fukuno.)
As you walk in, you’re immediately greeted by a refrigerated case of Nagomi’s pretty creations:
The vast majority of Dessert offerings at Nagomi Cake House are various flavors of Cakes (by the slice, or entire Cakes as well), which gives it a focus different from beloved Patisserie Chantilly (also in the South Bay).
Crispy Marron Cake:
I love various forms of Japanese Chestnut Desserts, and Nagomi’s Crispy Marron Cake doesn’t disappoint: Their Marron (Chestnut) Cream is light, nutty and not overly sweet. The Cake itself is moist and fluffy, and you get hit with little bursts of crunchiness from the Choco Balls within the cake. Wonderful!
Cream Puff (Custard):
Another specialty of Nagomi’s is their take on the Japanese Cream Puff. This is a different style and execution compared to Patisserie Chantilly’s legendary Choux à la Crème. Nagomi pre-pipes their Housemade Cream filling (still made fresh that day though), and it’s much larger in size.
Taking a bite, the Choux pastry is firm enough to hold the filling and keep its shape, but also soft enough to be pleasantly pliable. Then you get this massive burst of their Custard Cream filling! It’s thankfully not overly sweet, but it’s a lot of airy creamy goodness, and it’s delicious! This feels like it’s about 200% of the size of Patisserie Chantilly’s Cream Puffs, a little less refined, but still so delicious. All for just $2.75 each!
Beautiful decorations, almost jewel-like, pretty light pink to reflect the Sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossom) tribute. It was lightly sweet, a smooth, silky Mousse in each bite. I wished there was a bit more of a pronounced Sakura flavor, perhaps like what you’d get from a great Sakura Mochi, but this was still tasty.
Green Tea Mousse:
This had a nice Matcha Green Tea herbally punch that helped balance the sweetness and the moist Cake.
Chestnut Mont Blanc:
Probably the most decadent of Nagomi’s offerings, it feels luscious, silky, creamy, with a nice Japanese Chestnut flavor coming through. I prefer Patisserie Chantilly’s Kuri (Chestnut) offerings, but this is a fun, delicious Dessert in its own right.
Coconut Mango Mousse:
So good! Loved the tropical flavors coming through with the Mango and Coconut flavors. Delicate Mousse as with previous visits, and a moist, airy Cake.
Chestnut Mont Blanc:
We had some friends that wanted to try a Japanese Chestnut Dessert, so we had their Chestnut Mont Blanc again. Still as creamy and lightly nutty as before.
Nagomi’s “Eclair” isn’t really like a traditional French Eclair in shape or density, but it was essentially their great Cream Puff with a Dark Chocolate shell on top. This was pretty tasty, but the Chocolate made the top a bit firmer than we were hoping for, but still punctuated by their cloud-like, not overly sweet Pastry Cream filling.
Plum Wine Jelly Milk Pudding:
Probably the biggest departure from the majority of their lineup, their Umeshu (Japanese Plum Wine) Jelly Milk Pudding was definitely alcohol-forward, with a distinct grown-up taste, balanced by the lightly sweet Milk Pudding bottom.
Overall, Nagomi Cake House is a delightful Japanese Dessert specialist, run by a humble husband & wife team, serving some of the lightest, and largest array of Japanese Cake Desserts in the city. The Cake itself has been consistently moist, airy, not overly packed or dense, and the various flavor profiles have been wonderful as well, with the Crispy Marron (Chestnut) Cake, Mango Coconut Mousse being my favorites. Their Japanese Cream Puff is noteworthy as well, probably my 2nd favorite in the city, not as delicate and refined as Patisserie Chantilly (and Chantilly has their legendary Black Sesame version), but still so good! (And both are vastly better than Beard Papa’s.)
Nagomi Cake House
15915 S. Western Ave., Suite #D
Gardena, CA 90247
Tel: (310) 780-5579