One of my favorite Chinese food is Xiaolongbao (小籠包). I’ve had my share of soup dumplings but I still can’t get over how much I fell in love with Xiaolongbao when I first tried Joe’s Shanghai in NYC. I also really enjoyed a small hole in the wall Fried Xiaolongbao place when I visited Shanghai as well. So when I found out that Joe’s Shanghai opened in Ginza, I was so excited yet disappointed because it just didn’t taste like the same Xiaolongbao that I fell in love with. I’ve also tried a few other places here and there but still haven’t found my go to spot. If you know of an amazing spot, please let me know.
In the mean time, I found a pretty decent place in Ebisu so I thought I’d share it with you. I went during lunch time and I got the lunch set that included Xiaolongbao and tantanmen noodles and my friend got the fried rice with Xiaolongbao set. They were both decent but not to die for. It’s still a pretty good deal and conveniently close to Ebisu station so if you’ve got a craving and you’re in the area check it out.
Address // 4-3-1, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5795-2255
Website // http://jin-din-rou.net/
There are so many amazing places to get sweets and desserts in Japan but Senbikiya is one of the most famous dessert shops because of their high-quality premium fruits (which are inside of all of their desserts!). They also sell the fruits separately but they can get quite expensive, like 8400 yen for a watermelon… yikes!
Senbikiya has locations all over Tokyo but there are a few places where you can actually dine/tea at. We went to get dessert at their Ebisu location and it was definitely worth it. I love everything I’ve had from here. The strawberry short cake is perfect — not too sweet but sweet enough and with fresh strawberries. The mango pudding and fruit panna cotta were both delicious, while the waffle dessert pictured above was just ok (but the fresh mango and mango ice cream that came with it were yummy). Come here for tea time or dessert, you won’t be dissapointed.
Address // Atre 3F, 1-5-5, Ebisuminami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5475-8306
Website // www.senbikiya.co.jp
The first Mosdo in Tokyo opened yesterday! (On April 1st, 2012).
Mosdo – Sounds familiar but not sure what it is? Well, it’s a collaboration between Mos Burger and Mr. Donuts. It’s a dream come true for Mos burger and Mr. Donuts fans. It’s located 1 min from Ebisu West Exit, which is a really great location. I think that this collaboration has a high potential to be successful.
Although Mosdo doesn’t serve Mos Burger’s hamburgers or Mister Donut’s regular donuts, they have a variety of panini type sandwiches and sweets that you can enjoy. We got the ham and cheese panini (320yen) and Walnut Cookie Sandwich (190yen) to go. They were both just OK, but what can you expect for the price. I really want to try the Maple Butter Hotcake (280yen) next time, which you can only eat at the cafe.
Gotta admit, this place is kind of exciting!
Address // 1-10-7, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6408-9877
Website // http://mosdo.jp
Although it’s hard to find, this udon place in Ebisu is a hidden gem. Yamacho is an awesome udon place that serves two types of thickness for your udon so you can choose between thin or fat noodles. Neither one is really “better”, it’s really just a matter of your preference (though the thick noodles are more traditional). The Ebi tempura yakumi udon was great, and it’s really a steal for just 1000yen. Their curry udon was also 1000yen and they even give you a bib so you don’t get your clothes dirty. love it. We especially liked their dashimaki tamago (the egg dish in the top photo) for 680yen. The Tempura udon for 1230 yen was also good. The restaurant is small but their ambiance, service, and food were all top notch. It’s easy to see why this place is always crowded.
Address // 1-1-5, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3443-1701
Website // www.foodgate.net/shop_yamacho.html
This hidden cafe is called “ライオンのいるサーカス” which translates to, “a circus with a lion”. I know it doesn’t really make much sense, but that’s Japan for you :) If you look carefully, you’ll find some lion’s hidden throughout the cafe. The ambiance is very cute and cozy, but their chairs are pretty uncomfortable to actually sit in.
This place is famous for their tsukemen pasta. Instead of the sauce being on the pasta, you dip the pasta into the sauce. It’s actually pretty tasty and I purchased the add-on spice for 50yen which was worth it. The holiday brunch set includes a main dish, drink, and dessert for 1280yen. If you’re hungry, you can pay 200yen to get more noodles, which I wish I had done because it wasn’t enough food for me. Their “Lion salad” was 900yen and it was good but not great.
Overall a really cute place to hang out and chill with your friends or loved ones.
Address // 2-3-1, EbisuMinami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6452-3657
Website // http://tabisurucafe.com/ebisu/index.html