This is probably the Hottest cafe for pancakes in Tokyo right now. Cafe Kaila came from Honolulu, Hawaii and they supposedly received the “Best Breakfast” award 2 years in a row in Oahu. It recently opened in Meijijingumae/Omotesando and is located on the B1 floor of the same building as CHANEL, BVLGARI, and the MOMA design store.
This place has the longest line I’ve seen for pancakes. Yes, longer than ‘Eggs ‘n Things’. It’s easily a few hours wait but perhaps it’s a bit less crowded if you go on a weekday. We happened to be in the area over the weekend and decided to check it out hoping that it wouldn’t be too crowded for dinner. We arrived at 7:15pm and guess what? They said their last order is at 7:20pm and the restaurant closes at 8pm but if we eat fast, they would let us in. Woo hoo! We delightfully agreed and went inside. We were so surprised we got to eat at Cafe Kaila without waiting.
We ordered their famous pancakes for 2000yen, which is a bit expensive but it’s also got quite a large volume with a generous serving of fruits on top. I am happy to report that it does indeed live up to the hype. The pancakes were great and I would come back here if the line wasn’t long. Their breakfast burrito plate (1700yen) with Italian sausage (extra 50yen) was also good and we were so satisfied with our meal here. They are impressively on top of their service too. If you are into pancakes and/or want a good breakfast, come here!
Address // GYRE B1F, 5-10-1, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6427-1310
Website // http://www.cafe-kaila.com/
Glorious Chain Cafe in Shibuya is owned by the DIESEL store and it’s the first cafe that DIESEL opened world-wide. This hip cafe is a nice spot to tea or to dine. They serve American food such as burgers, pasta, eggs benedict, hot dogs, salads, pancakes, and more. The chill environment with colorful yellow chairs, booths, couches, and friendly staff makes this place a nice place to hangout. It’s right next to the DIESEL clothing store so you can enjoy some shopping as well. The best part was that we had a group of ten of us but they didn’t force us to pay a minimum per person or to order course menus (many restaurants in Japan make it harder to dine with larger groups) so we were really happy about that. Very much enjoyed the good company with the easy going atmosphere :)
Address // 1-23-16, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3409-5670
Website // www.gloriouschaincafe.jp
Finally got to eat at Bills in Shichirigahama!
This place is somehow known for having “The Worlds Best Breakfast”. I’m not sure if it really lives up to that standard but they sure do have some tasty food. Since we knew this place gets VERY crowded on the weekends, we went here during the week on a Friday hoping to avoid the crowds. We got there at around 1:30pm and were seated at 3:15pm… It ended up being almost a 2hr wait but we went to another cafe to kill time so it was fine.
Bills is located at a fabulous location. They have a great open view of the ocean and it’s very airy and bright. The cafe is decorated beautifully as well and I loved the feeling of the place. We ordered their famous ricotta cheese pancakes with banana and honeycomb butter (1400yen), Sweetcorn fritters with roasted tomato, spinach, bacon and avocado salad (1400yen), and Parmesan crumbed chicken schnitzel with spicy slaw (1500yen). They were all delicious and made us want to come back to try their scrambled eggs which is another one of their popular dishes.
I thought this place might just be all hype but now I can see why people love it. If only they didn’t have such a long wait I’d be there much more often.
Address // 1-1-1, Shichirigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 0467-39-2244
Website // www.bills-jp.net
Ivy Place opened recently on December 5, 2011 and it is located inside of a brand new shopping center in Daikanyama called Daikanyama T-site Garden. It has the most amazing Tsutaya Book store that has all sorts of high-end artsy books, music, and movies with a very sheek lounge/book bar for relaxing with a nice book or magazine.
Ivy Place is located just behind the book store. It’s a cafe, restaurant, and bar that is open from 7:00~26:00 daily. Their pancakes were certainly above average but not entirely memorable. However, their Flatbread Pizza was delicious! We had the Roasted Vegetables, Basil Pesto and Mozzarella for 1400yen. Also, their Crunchy Thai Salad with Chicken and Bean Sprouts with Chili Lime Dressing (1300yen) was good as well.
Overall it was a pleasant experience and now that we’ve been to this place a few times, it’s gotten much better from when it first opened. One great plus (maybe part of their lunch special?) was that they give you free iced-tea (it was peach ginger tea when we went) as well as unlimited coffee refills (which is rare in Tokyo). The lunch set also included salad and unlimited bread which was nice.
Address // 16-15, Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6415-3232
Website // http://www.tyharborbrewing.co.jp/en/ivy/