{  Kitchen Bon  }

Kitchen Bon
Kitchen Bon
Kitchen Bon

After our meal, we decided to tea at Quil Fait Bon Daikanyama which is only 4 minutes walking distance.
Quil Fait Bon

Kitchen Bon is an old restaurant that has been around for years and is owned by a stubborn old man and his very nice wife. Although the building that the restaurant is in seems like it’s modern and new, you will feel like you’ve traveled back in time as soon as you walk inside.

This restaurant is most famous for their borscht, a slowly stewed soup that originated from Russia. Neither my friends nor I have ever had this type of soup so after reading great reviews about it as well as how legendary Japanese singer Misora Hibari and legendary Giant’s coach Mr. Nagashima were both regulars here, we knew we had to try it. They also serve curry, pork/chicken cutlets, hamburg steak and all sorts of other dishes which are highly rated by others.

Anyhow, we decided to order the borscht (1470yen) + homemade dark rye bread with butter (around 300yen) which was recommended with the soup. We weren’t sure what to expect (or how authentic it was) but all of us agreed that it was absolutely delicious. Our first impression was that it looked like a heavy soup since it was a dark color with chunks of potatoes and cream on top. But as soon as we took a sip of it, we realized that it’s a hearty, salty, and strong-flavored soup that’s addictive and the rye bread which absorbs the soup so well when you dip it is the perfect side dish. All I can say is it was satisfying and although it’s a little pricey for just soup and bread, it was worth trying and experiencing a new cuisine.

After this meal, my friends and I walked over to nearby Quil Fait Bon for some tea and delicious fruit tarts to continue our chit chat ;)

Address // 1F, 1-3-11, Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3461-8538
Website // n/a

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{  Weekend Garage Tokyo  }

Weekend Garage Tokyo
Weekend Garage Tokyo
Weekend Garage Tokyo
Weekend Garage Tokyo
Weekend Garage Tokyo

Weekend Garage Tokyo is a great new hang out spot which just opened in the middle of Ebisu, Daikanyama, and Shibuya. It’s roughly 10mins walking distance from any of the three stations located right next to the Yamanote train line tracks. Perhaps due to the somewhat random location, this cafe has a nice spacious area with vaulted ceilings and plenty of outdoor seating.

The name says it all, Weekend Garage Tokyo, is literally like a garage full of fun toys. It has bicycles, surf boards, a DJ booth, interesting art and it’s just a fun spot with a great vibe. Even better, the food lives up to the level of the decor. Been here a few times already with friends and pictured above are a few of the dishes we ordered: The grilled plate of the day “Mexican Pork Grill with Mango Sauce”(1200yen), “Hamburg plate”(1200yen), and the “Hot Sandwich of the day”(900yen). All the dishes include a large drink (a choice of coffee, tea,  homemade lemonade, ginger ale, coke or grapefruit juice). Everything I’ve tasted here has been great except on one occasion the bread they used for the hot sandwiches was really hard from being over toasted.

It’s nice that the inside seats are all non-smoking but you can smoke if you sit in any of the outdoor seats. Add up the open kitchen + good food + decor/ambiance + service + cost and I think you’ll agree that this place is a new hip hidden spot in town.

Address // 1-1, Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5428-5751
Website // http://weekendgaragetokyo.jp/

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{  Jin Din Rou — 京鼎樓  }

Jin Din Rou 京鼎樓
Jin Din Rou 京鼎樓
Jin Din Rou 京鼎樓

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/

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{  Senbikiya  }

Senbikiya
Senbikiya
Senbikiya

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

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{  MOSDO  }

MOSDO
MOSDO
MOSDO

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

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