Autumn in Tokyo is slowly turning into winter.
The leaves along Gaienmae Ichonamiki were beautiful this week. Hope you got to see these golden trees throughout Tokyo.
Stay warm :)
Osuri is a new Korean Fusion restaurant that opened in Gaienmae. All their dishes use a lot of fresh veggies and a variety of different ingredients. We were impressed with the price point on their lunch sets, all of this for an average of just 1000yen? We ordered the ‘Bulgogi lunch set’ (1000yen), ‘Samgyeopsal lunch set’ (1000yen), and the ‘Samgyetang lunch set’ (1200yen). If you are hungry, I recommend ordering the Bulgogi lunch set since you get more meat than the samgyeopsal set. They all come with soup and a choice of white or brown rice with several bite-sized side dishes and a small dessert at the end. Everything was tasty but I recommend the samgyeopsal at ondoru more. If you are near Gaienmae, this might be a nice lunch option. Btw, this place happens to be right across the street from A&G diner (one of the highest-rated burger places in Tokyo).
Note* Osuri is closed on Sundays.
Address // 3-42-5, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6447-0765
Website // http://www.restaurant-osuri.com
Is this really Tokyo? This place feels very European and I love the area it’s located in. It’s right in the middle of Gaienmae and Aoyama-ichome, on a famous street called Gaienmae Ichonamiki. Shared Terrace is a café/bakery which is produced by Afternoon Tea. They serve breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner and they have a bakery shop inside. It’s a nice place to come on a sunny day to sit on the terrace and people watch + enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and view. The outdoor terrace seating really makes this place special, it’s not very common to find places like this here in Japan.
The food is prety tasty and their special lunch plate which changes daily is one of my favorite dishes to order. I also very much enjoyed their bolognese pasta and iced latte (which is included with the purchase of any lunch dish). It gets very crowded on weekends and lunch time so definitely try to go here early if you don’t want to wait.
祝 ★★★ This is my 100th post!! :)
The famous Ippudo Ramen opened a Soba House in February (2012)!
It’s located inside of an Ippudo ramen house, but it’s separated into it’s own area once you walk in. They named it “Soba Combo Watanabe” and this Ippudo is actually the only one in world that serves soba at this point. It’s pretty interesting because they use their famous pork broth soup in one of their 4 menu options. The other 3 soba come with a katsuo (bonito)-based soup.
My friend and I both tried the “Spicy Tantanmen Soba” (790yen), and thought it was pretty good but it reminded us of the peanut sauce which is often used in Thai food. When you are about to finish your tantanmen, they give you some rice to eat is as “Zosui“, which i thought was fun. The other one pictured above is the “Imoten Soba” (730yen) and it felt like more of a traditional soba. Even though the soup was quite strong, I wish I had ordered that one! It comes with Sweet Potato Tempura and you eat one with the sauce, but they advise you to eat the second one with honey as a type of dessert.
Not sure how this new concept of Ippudo Soba will do here but it’s definitely is a fun idea. The employees were very nice and the ambiance was a traditional counter space with a modern twist.
A&G Diner is yet another really good burger joint in town. This diner is so shockingly small, we peeked in and couldn’t believe how tiny it was. In fact, it only seats about 8 people total at one time. As soon as they start cooking your order, you smell the wonderful juiciness of the burger throughout the entire place. We tried the Avocado Cheese Burger, Special Burger (Bacon, Avocado, Chedder Cheese, Gouda Cheese, Fried Egg, and Teriyaki BBQ Sauce), and the Bacon Cheese Burger. They were all excellent.
Essentially this place serves perfectly executed American burgers. I definitely have the urge to go back and try the other burgers on their menu, especially their monthly burger which is ever-changing.
This place has been constantly rated #1 for hamburgers on a popular review site here. They seem to be temporary closed for a good amount of time though (Info updated on October 17, 2013). However, they have 2 other locations in Roppongi as well as Komazawadaigaku if you’re interested in checking them out.
Address // 3-41-2, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3403-9033
Website // n/a