{  AS Classics Diner  }

AS Classics Diner
AS Classics Diner
AS Classics Diner
AS Classics Diner

AS Classics Diner is owned by the same owner as A&G Diner at Gaienmae. AS Classics Diner also has opened a location in Roppongi Hills so you can try their burgers at any of these locations.

They are an American-style burger joint inspired by the 60′s and are quite popular with the locals here. The location we went to is right by Komazawa Olympic Park and gets crowded on the weekends. All of their burgers include tomato, grilled onions, lettuce, original sauce, an original bun and the meat itself is 100% beef. For lunch, we ordered the “Hamburger Lunch set” (1050yen), which comes with fries and a drink of your choice. We also added a small salad (extra 157yen) and customized our burgers a bit by adding cheese (extra 105yen) and avocado (extra 105yen).

The burgers here are not as large as American-sized burgers but they are still larger than regular Japanese burger joints. I was quite full after my meal. The meat has a smokey grilled flavor to it and it’s pretty good. Their monthly burgers are also popular. If you’re hungry for a burger and close to any of these locations, I recommend giving it a try.

Hours // 9am – 11pm
Closed // Tuesday
Smoking // They allow smoking except on weekends between 11am – 4pm, it’s completely non-smoking
Note // Pets allowed on their terrace seating only

Address // 5-9-22, Yakumo, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5701-5033
Website // http://www.asclassics.com/

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{  Brooklyn Parlor  }

Brooklyn Parlor
Brooklyn Parlor
Brooklyn Parlor
Brooklyn Parlor
Brooklyn Parlor

Brooklyn Parlor is a really cool space located underground in the Shijuku 3-chome. The vibe is really nice as it’s decorated with red bricks, wood tables, multi-colored chairs and lots of books. This place accommodates everyone - anywhere from a single guest to large groups since it’s an unusually massive space for Tokyo.

We looked around and many people were eating the burger so we had to get one. Pictured above are the ‘Avocado & Chedder Cheese Burger’, the ‘Grilled Bacon & Scrambled Egg Burger’, and the ‘Mushroom & Mozzarella Burger’ all for 1575yen each (including fries and a salad). The burgers were all really tasty and we enjoyed the ambiance, food, and company. We dined here on a Saturday during lunch time and it was a very crowded day so we were limited to only a 2 hr stay but the food came fast so we didn’t feel rushed.

The other dishes also looked good, going to have to come back for sure.

Address // B1F, 3-1-26, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6457-7763
Website // http://www.brooklynparlor.co.jp/

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{  San Francisco Peaks  }

San Francisco Peaks
San Francisco Peaks
San Francisco Peaks
San Francisco Peaks

San Francisco Peaks serves American-style breakfast/brunch food such as pancakes, omelets and burgers but it doesn’t really have much to do with San Francisco in my opinion. The restaurant is very nicely designed and we enjoyed the ambiance. Seems like most people order the pancakes here but the burgers are tasty too. Since the building is 2 stories high, we didn’t have to wait much in line when we got there even though it was 1pm on a Sunday.

We ordered the Avocado Mozzarella Burger for 1350yen and the Buttermilk Pancake with homemade sausage (we chose the ‘Pork Mexicano Chipotle & Smoked Cheese’ Sausage) for 1200yen. Everything was tasty and we enjoyed our meal but the portions were rather small and not exactly “Californian size”.

The restaurant is located in a great area, with easy access to Harajuku/Omotesando/Meijijingumae so you can enjoy shopping and cafe hopping in the area. When we went, it was filled with families, couples and some single guests so it’s a really easy and casual place that anyone can enjoy.

Address // 3-28-7, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5775-5707
Website // http://sf-peaks.com/

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{  Daylesford Organics  }

Daylesford Organics
Daylesford Organics
Daylesford Organics
Daylesford Organics

If you are looking for an organic cafe with healthy ingredients, check out Daylesfod Organics located in Omotesando. This pretty cafe is quite spacious for Japan and it’s also 2 stories tall. The lighting is really nice and I saw many people just chit chatting and taking their sweet time. There’s also a small shopping area in the front where you can buy jam, bread, and more.

Pictured above is the “Selection of 3 Salads” with soup & bread (1400yen). The 3 salads I chose are the ‘Potatoes, green breans and feta cheese salad’, ‘chicken caesar salad’, and ‘wild rice, apricot and pistachio’ which were all good. The soup of the day was a gaspacho and it was perfect on this hot day. The Daylesford Burger is 1500yen and the Freshly baked Quiche is 1200yen. This cafe also has a vegetarian set menu for those of you who are vegetarian which is nice since there aren’t that many vegetarian places in Japan.

The portions are not too large so if you are hungry this place may not be the right choice but the food is seasoned well, uses organic ingredients and tastes good. I recommend this place for couples, families, and friends who want to take it slow and relax over a nice meal.

Address // 5-51-8, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3486-0012
Website // http://www.transit-web.com/shop/daylesford/index.php

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{  Yazawa Meat Take Out Station  }

Yazawa Meat Take Out Station
Yazawa Meat Take Out Station
Yazawa Meat Take Out Station
Yazawa Meat Take Out Station

Did you know that you could pick up an A5 rank wagyu-beef bento by “Yazawa Meat” & “Blacows” at Tokyo Station?!

In case you are not familiar with this amazing wagyu-beef restaurant joint, they are famous for serving their A5 rank wagyu-beef (the highest grade given only to the finest beef) that is oh so tasy. “Yazawa Meat” in Gotanda specializes in hamburgs and steaks while “Blacows” in Ebisu serves delicious hamburgers.

We happened to be by Tokyo Station over the weekend so we decided to pick up a Yazawa Meat bento box for dinner. I’ve been wanting to give this a try and I was surprised to see that the Blacows takeout section had pretty much the same burgers available for take-out as the real shop. It’s perfect for those who are close to Tokyo station to just get their hamburger fix here.

I then walked over to the Yazawa Meat side and I was immediately sold on the hamburg bento box with egg. The customer in front of us got the “Double hamburg without rice” bento box for 2580yen and after going through all the options, we decided to do the same. After about a 15min wait, we got our warm bento box and headed back home.

The smell of the bento was killing me throughout my train ride… Once we got home, I opened it up and it looked OK. The bento was still slightly warm but decided to heat it for maybe 10 seconds or so and ate it with the 2 sauces that came with it. I am happy to report that it was yummms. The hamburg was very juicy & soft and the sauce went perfectly with everything. Loved every bite of it.

Their original restaurant location is famously crowded with long lines so if you want to try this delicious meat without too long of a wait and you happen to be passing by Tokyo Station right before dinner time, definitely stop by and pick up your bento box here.

PS: Tokyo Station is very confusing/complicated so if you need directions, ask where Daimaru (department store) is and then go to their B1 food floor.

Address // B1, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3212-8011
Website // http://www.kuroge-wagyu.com/dt/

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