I’ve been searching for an authentic Vietnamese place but haven’t found one yet. I recently stumbled upon this place near Roppongi Hills that had pretty good reviews so I decided to give it a try. The lunch sets are a good deal as they all include a small spring roll, fried spring roll, and soup with your set.
Pictured above are the “Rice noodle soup (pho) with chicken + Vietnamese chicken Rice (small)” (1100yen) and the “ Vietnamese chicken rice” (1000yen). They were all good and flavored well but I have to say it wasn’t exactly authentic. If you know of any authentic Vietnamese place, please let me know!
Address // 6-6-9, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3478-4964
Website // n/a
Yocco’s French Toast Cafe, a new place inside Trainichi (a cute little plaza in Jiyugaoka), opened last month (March 2013) with a concept of serving the best french toast in Japan. The place has a cute decor and it felt like it was going to be a promising experience.
We ordered the “French toast with poached egg and cheddar cheese” for 1400yen and the “Yocco’s Special French toast ~Scrambled Egg with Coquette Gratin of Seafood~” for 1400yen. Both came with maple syrup, red wine vinegar syrup, and pepper. We were so excited to try our plates but I have to say it was just OK. Our food sadly came served cold and the french toast wasn’t a stand out. Perhaps it’s because they are new so they may need a little more time to iron out the kinks. Their dessert french toasts looked good though so it might be worth a shot for dessert instead.
Address // Trainchi A101, 5-42-3, Okusawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5483-4600
Website // http://www.lobros.co.jp/cafe2?shop=jiyugaoka
After having brunch at Mercer Cafe with Miss E, we decided to walk to Roppongi Midtown since it was only 3 mins away. I usually end up having coffee at Dean & Deluca or Starbucks when I go to Midtown but this time we decided to walk around and explore the upper floors since we never do that. On the 3rd floor, we noticed that one of the interior design stores I like, IDEE SHOP was there. We walked in and noticed that there was a cafe attached to the shop in the back! With excitement, we decided to tea there since it had such a nice open space with balcony seating. We were happy that the smoking and non-smoking section was divided too. Miss E got the herbal tea and I got a latte that came in a cute mug. This cafe is totally a hidden gem, lets see how long we can keep this place a secret :)
Address // Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5413-3454
Website // http://www.idee.co.jp/shop/tmd/
The above photo source for the sweets: www.zen-kashoin.com
A traditional Japanese sweets shop & tea house from Kyoto, Zenkashoin is located on the 5th floor of Shibuya Hikarie. Since Hikarie is still very much a new mall/building, the stores and shops are pretty crowded but my friend and I got lucky enough to get a seat here for tea time. We ordered the 1150yen tea set that comes with a drink of your choice (coffee, tea, green tea, matcha, etc) and a choice of dessert. The dessert is a small delicate size and it wasn’t too sweet. We liked the matcha castella icecream sandwich more than the matcha circular castella.
If you sit by the window, you will have a nice overview of Shibuya and the rest of the cafe still has a nice zen-like ambiance. They also sell their ceramic plates, tea sets, and more so you could take a look if you’re interested.
Address // 5F, 2-21-1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6434-1517
Website // http://zen-kashoin.com/store/hikarie/
There’s a popular bagel shop in the middle of Shirokanetakanawa neighborhood where you can get freshly baked bagels. It’s a tiny shop with almost no signage so it’s easy to miss, unless there happens to be a line out the door when you visit.
They serve a variety of different bagels, including: plain, sesame, poppy, onion, everything, 7grain honey, 7grain fig, blueberry, salt, cinnamon raisin, and more all costing between 200~250yen. My friends and I all decided to get some sandwiches as you can see from the pictures above — we selected a choice of any bagel + a “half-sized” ingredient (+300yen). If you get the “regular-sized” ingredient, it’s +400yen (but “half-size” was plenty). Most of us got the egg salad for the sandwich and you can add tomato, lettuce, etc for extra. All the ingredients are listed on their website so you can check out if you’re allergic to anything. They make your sandwich to order so the service is a little slow but the staff is friendly and nice. Overall the bagels were yummy, but not amazing. Still, it’s good to know there’s a place where you can get decent bagels in Tokyo when you have a craving.
Note that you cannot dine here, it’s only for take out.
Address // 1-15-22, Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // n/a
Website // http://www.maruichibagel.com