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
A solid choice for great Italian food. Even though this restaurant is located on a random street in Roppongi, this place is quite popular and we noticed many people made reservations even for lunch. Perhaps it’s because the cost performance/price for the quality and amount you get is quite good.
For 1400yen, their set includes your choice between 5 handmade pasta dishes, a plate of all you can fit starters (you can’t go back to get more so try to put as much as you want the first round), a bread basket with a variety of breads, and a choice of multiple selections of coffees and teas (including a cappuccino or latte which is a bit rare). I was very satisfied with my meal and was not surprised as at all this place is so happening. If you want authentic good quality Italian, come here.
Address // 7-19-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6447-2347
Website // http://www.figo-ingordo.jp/
Mado Lounge is located on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills. Most people dine here when they go to visit the Mori Art Museum because it costs 1500yen to go up there even if you’re just dining there (that price includes a ticket to the Mori Art Museum as well as a free pass to the sky deck observatory). However, I was lucky enough to borrow a friend’s card who happens to work in the Mori Tower so I was able to get a free pass to visit the restaurant :)
As you can imagine, the view is beautiful and it’s nice to see a panoramic view of Tokyo once in a while. The best part of having friends who work here is that I also got to order the “worker’s lunch” which is a special deal they have for people who work in the building for 1000yen. This awesome lunch includes a main dish of your choice, bread, dessert, and coffee or tea. The food was pretty good and the service was excellent. Of course they have a regular lunch menu but it’s a bit more pricey. Mado lounge is also very romantic and beautiful at night time. It’s a nice spot for special occasions or for a date night.
Address // Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F, 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3470-0052
Website // http://www.ma-do.jp/
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/
Miss E (my friend who you frequently see on my blog) and I went to this new restaurant/cafe that opened at the end of last year near Roppongi Midtown. “Mercer” is a restaurant brand and this restaurant is their new concept that serves “brunch” (but they are open for dinner too). The restaurant feels very airy and the tall windows bring a lot of natural light in which is great on a sunny day. As soon as you walk in, you’ll notice the great fire place which is the centerpiece of the restaurant. There’s also a small terrace seating where you can dine with pets allowed but it was a tiny section.
Mercer Brunch is known for their brioche french toast, which was quite good. You get to choose your main dish out of 9 selections (but for some you have to pay additional $$) + french toast for 1600yen. Since it doesn’t include a drink, it feels rather pricey for lunch, but the quality of dishes we got were good so we were satisfied with our meal. The ambiance was nice and cozy, the staff were friendly, and we hardly had to wait so overall it was a good experience. In case you are wondering, we chose the grilled chicken salad and salmon tartar for our main dishes.
Stay tuned for my next post where we went shopping and had a tea break near the same area :)
Address // 4-2-35, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3470-6551
Website // n/a