The Roastery by Nozy Coffee is a new ‘Single Origin Coffee’ shop that opened in collaboration with TY Harbor (which owns restaurants and cafes such as Ivy Place, CICADA and Breadworks among others). Since I’ve enjoyed many of those other places, I had high hopes for this new coffee shop and I must say they did a great job with the ambiance and decor. They really got the hip and cool vibe nailed for this coffee shop and it’s in the perfect location right on ‘Cat Street’ where all the fashionistas walk by. It’s like the place you want to be seen at.
They have a very simple menu and their coffee beans change frequently from all around the world such as Ethiopia, Brazil, Indonesia, etc. We ordered a latte (450yen) and they gave us a choice of coffee beans from their daily selection. Both of the coffee bean options smelled amazing so we chose one and then waited about 5 minutes until it was ready. Unfortunately we weren’t huge fans of their coffee since it was too strong on the acidity + bitterness even with milk in it. If you’re a big coffee drinker perhaps you may like it so I suggest giving it a shot if you’re in the area.
Address // 5-17-13, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6450-5755
Website // http://www.nozycoffee.jp
I have been searching for a hearty delicious breakfast joint for a while and I finally found one. Clinton Street Baking Co. came from NY and made it’s opening debut at the end of August 2013. This place has a long line out the door as almost every popular Japanese pancake place does, but since it’s in a slightly random location there could be days that you will get lucky to have a shorter line. The first time we came here was during the opening week and the lines weren’t too long so it only took about an hour to be seated. The second time we visited was around 11:30am and the line was ridiculously long so we gave up. The third time was a little earlier around 10AM on a rainy day and we only had to wait about 15min. I think this place became such a popular spot so quickly due to it’s delicious pancakes.
Pictured above are their Blueberry Pancakes + Banana Walnut Pancakes with warm maple butter for 1500yen each. Also pictured are the Huevos Rancheros (1500yen) as well as the Eggs Benedict (1600yen). We’ve also tried their chocolate scone (250yen) as well as the corn bread (250yen). Everything was so good with the single exception of the Eggs Benedict. Sadly I was very disappointed with the uber dry scone under the eggs (instead of the usual english muffin). However, their pancakes and Huevos Rancheros were both absolutely delicious. We also noticed that compared to the first time we visited, their service and kitchen flow got so much smoother which was an improvement. Come here if you want a hearty breakfast and some seriously delicious pancakes.
Their online menu: Link
Address // 5-17-1, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6450-5944
Website // http://clintonstreetbaking.co.jp/
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/
Hawaii + pancakes are both booming in Japan right now so you can imagine that Hawaiian pancake places are basically assured success here. Island Vintage Coffee is another one of these which opened at the end of August in Aoyama/Omotesando area and serves Kau Coffee from Hawaii. The Hawaiian coffee and the Acai bowl seem to be the 2 most popular items here. When we went, about 80% of the guests were eating the Acai bowl. We were hungry, so we opted for the chicken pesto sandwich instead for 1200yen and the Iced Hawaiian Honey Latte(L) for 650yen. The coffee was expensive but I’d have to say it was pretty good and the sandwich wasn’t bad either. The side salad was nothing special.
Come here for a light snack and Hawaiian style coffee if you’re in the neighborhood.
Address // 5-52-2, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6418-2416
Website // http://www.islandvintagecoffee.co.jp/
Another yummy curry place in Gakudai. VOVO curry opened in April 2013 and is making a name for itself with its spicy curry (beef curry) as well as its other deliciously flavored curry. I saw this place on TV so I decided to check it out. It’s a small shop but it has some nice retro touches.
The curry is only 1000yen during lunch time and it comes with a small side salad. During lunchtime you can order the combo for 1000yen and try 2 flavors of curry. We both ordered the veggie + butter chicken combo. Both curries were very tasty and I really enjoyed the flavors. I don’t know how they make the rice and two different flavors of curry look so nice on one plate but the presentation was perfection. The portions are rather small so we felt that it wasn’t quite enough food for us. The little condiments on the side were also good and are spice + pickles to go with your rice.
I still love sync curry a bit more but this is a new spot that is not to be missed!
Address // 2-21-8, Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3713-6334
Website // n/a