{  Chinese Restaurant Essence  }

Chinese Restaurant Essence
Chinese Restaurant Essence
Chinese Restaurant Essence
Chinese Restaurant Essence

This Chinese Restaurant uses seasonal ingredients and specializes in creating healthy dishes with Chinese herbs that are good for your body which is why it’s very popular amongst women. On the weekdays they offer lunch from just 1000yen, but on the weekends their lunches start from 1500yen. We decided to get their pre-fix lunch course which includes a main dish of your choice, soup, appetizer, dan dan noodles, rice or porridge, dessert, and a drink of your choice.

Everything was delicious and we enjoyed a nice relaxing lunch which is close to Gaienmae Ichonamiki. If you are feeling like your body needs some detox after drinking too much the night before or just want something good for your body, come check out this place.

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Pre-fix Lunch Set – 1500yen

メインのお料理:
A. 日替わりメイン料理
B. いろいろ野菜と生湯葉の温サラダ
C. 「あべ鶏」の油淋鶏 ベビーリーフ添え
D. 四川風 麻婆豆腐
E. 海老のチリソース煮

スープ:二十四節気の薬膳スープ
小菜盛り合わせ:小菜3種盛り合わせ(本日の焼き物・本日の冷菜・本日の点心)
麺:一口汁なしタンタン麺
ご飯orお粥:雑穀米のお粥か長野産ミルキークイーンのご飯 ※大盛り無料
デザート:本日のデザート
ドリンク

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Address // 3-8-2, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6805-3905
Website // http://chinese-essence.jimdo.com/

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{  Clinton St. Baking Company  }

Clinton St. Baking Company
Clinton St. Baking Company
Clinton St. Baking Company
Clinton St. Baking Company
Clinton St. Baking Company

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/

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{  Nicolai Bergmann  }

Nicolai Bergmann
Nicolai Bergmann
Nicolai Bergmann
Nicolai Bergmann
Nicolai Bergmann

This is another Aoyama Flower Market Tea House type of cafe that is located in Aoyama/Omotesando. Nicolai Bergmann, a florist from Denmark, is known for his contemporary flower arrangements and he has a cafe inside of his beautiful flagship store in Tokyo. As soon as you walk into the flower shop/cafe, you feel like you’re surrounded by beautiful flower arrangements and greenery that are contemporary modern chic.

This garden cafe offers simple lunch options such as sandwiches and salads. My friend and I both chose the sandwich lunch set which comes with soup of the day, a small salad, drink, and a choice of sandwich for 1470yen. The open face sandwich set includes 2 open face sandwiches, the soup of the day, a small salad and drink for 1575yen. Everything we had was seasoned and flavored well. Loved every bite of it. If you enjoy beautiful flower arrangements, want to get a nice gift, or just simple enjoy greenery and tasty sandwiches, stop by here.

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デンマーク出身のフラワーアーティスト、ニコライ・バーグマン氏が手掛けたカフェです。店内は青山フラワーマーケットティーハウスのように緑が溢れていて、お花に包まれながら自然の中でお食事をしている気分になります。友人とゆっくり心地よい時間を過ごすことが出来ました。

ランチにはサンドウィッチやサラダから選べます。
サンドウィッチセット:お好きなサンドウィッチ+サラダ+スープ+紅茶orコーヒー(1470円)
デンマークを代表する料理「スモーブロー」セット:お好きなスモープロー2個+サラダ+スープ+紅茶orコーヒー(1575円)

たくさんあるサンドウィッチの中から私達はチキンサンドウィッチを注文。味付けもしっかりされていて、センスのいいフラワーアレンジメントや緑に囲まれとても癒される空間でした。客層は女性が多かったですが、男性の方も一人でいらしたりしていたので男性でも入りやすそうなお店でした。表参道にあるまたまた素敵なお店の一つです。

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Address // 1F, 5-7-2, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5464-0824
Website // http://www.nicolaibergmann.co.jp/en

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{  Brooklyn Ribbon Fries  }

Brooklyn Ribbon Fries
Brooklyn Ribbon Fries
Brooklyn Ribbon Fries
Brooklyn Ribbon Fries

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DISCLAIMER: Sadly, Brooklyn Ribbon Fries @ 246 Commons has close on May 31, 2014. お知らせ
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Brooklyn Ribbon Fries is one of the stores inside of 246 COMMON, a hip outdoor mobile/trailer community in the middle of Omotesando. We couldn’t help but notice these curly ribbon fries as we were passing by so we ordered the Small “spicy ribbon fries” for 500yen and it took about 5~10min for it to be served. The wait felt a little long but it was definitely worth it. We added some mayo on top of these crispy warm ribbon fries and they were so good. Even though we ordered the spicy one, they weren’t really spicy at all. Either way, this is a perfect street food snack in the middle of the cold winter and it made us happy.

Address // 246 COMMON, 3-13, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // n/a
Website // http://246common.jp/shop/brooklyn_ribbon_fries/

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{  246 Common  }

246 Common
246 Common
246 Common
246 Common

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DISCLAIMER: Sadly, 246 Commons has close on May 31, 2014. お知らせ
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246 Common is an outdoor mobile/trailer food court/farmer’s market community in the middle of Aoyama/Omotesando. They have over 20 or so very small shops which range from flower & clothing shops to bakeries, restaurants or drinks/snacks. If you’re not paying attention, you could easily miss this little gem in the middle of the busy city. Everything at 246 Common is located outdoors but there are two tents with heaters inside as well if you plan to dine here. If you’re ever in this area, I recommend checking it out.

This is what we snacked on when we came here :)

Address // 246 COMMON, 3-13, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // n/a
Website // http://246common.jp/