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Cafe Kaila
Cafe Kaila
Cafe Kaila
Cafe Kaila

This is probably the Hottest cafe for pancakes in Tokyo right now. Cafe Kaila came from Honolulu, Hawaii and they supposedly received the “Best Breakfast” award 2 years in a row in Oahu. It recently opened in Meijijingumae/Omotesando and is located on the B1 floor of the same building as CHANEL, BVLGARI, and the MOMA design store.

This place has the longest line I’ve seen for pancakes. Yes, longer than ‘Eggs ‘n Things’. It’s easily a few hours wait but perhaps it’s a bit less crowded if you go on a weekday. We happened to be in the area over the weekend and decided to check it out hoping that it wouldn’t be too crowded for dinner. We arrived at 7:15pm and guess what? They said their last order is at 7:20pm and the restaurant closes at 8pm but if we eat fast, they would let us in. Woo hoo! We delightfully agreed and went inside. We were so surprised we got to eat at Cafe Kaila without waiting.

We ordered their famous pancakes for 2000yen, which is a bit expensive but it’s also got quite a large volume with a generous serving of fruits on top. I am happy to report that it does indeed live up to the hype. The pancakes were great and I would come back here if the line wasn’t long. Their breakfast burrito plate (1700yen) with Italian sausage (extra 50yen) was also good and we were so satisfied with our meal here. They are impressively on top of their service too. If you are into pancakes and/or want a good breakfast, come here!

Address // GYRE B1F, 5-10-1, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6427-1310
Website // http://www.cafe-kaila.com/


9 comments on “Cafe Kaila

  1. I’ve never heard of Cafe Kaila, and I’m from Oahu, haha. Kind of like how a lot of my Japanese friends have never heard of Jiro. The pancakes do look good, though.

    Have you ever been to イワタコーヒー in Kamakura? I wonder if it’s worth the wait…

    Erin on
    • haha seems like Kaila is more popular in Tokyo than Hawaii then.

      No, I haven’t but if I ever get a chance, I would love to try them!

      maki on
  2. I love the way they still presented the food so beautifully even though they were closing. I’m not sure you would get such good service like that in the uk.

    Justine on
    • Regardless of closing, we were surprised with how good their service was!

      maki on
  3. Cafe Kaila in Oahu is very popular with locals and Japanese tourists!

    Maki have you ever been to Ise-ya?
    Maiuu yakitori!

    Mame on
    • I have a friend who also visited the Hawaii Cafe Kaila is good! No I haven’t but heard it’s maiuuu too ;)

      maki on
  4. So nice to find a web with beautiful pictures and comprehensive restaurant reviews in ENGLISH :) Is not easy for us gaijin to find places to go (specially on Friday afternoon, when everyone seems to have a reservation in the right spot).

    In Kona, the most popular café was not so “commercialized” more about organic bagels & acai bowl than this.

    Sometimes it feels that Japanese in Hawaii don’t go beyond Oahu or their resort.

    Claudia on
    • Thanks Claudia! Japanese love anything Hawaii but you’re right, they mostly go to Oahu…

      maki on
  5. So proud of my high school classmate Chrissie and her accomplishments with Cafe Kaila. Please continue to support her!!

    Haruko on

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