Healthy hamburger chain Jiyugaoka Burger opened its third branch in Aoyama on June 6.
The restaurant’s belief is that safe food that’s healthy for your body equals in a delicious meal. All of their burgers are handmade one by one. They make their own original patties and buns and strive to use as many fresh and organic domestic products as they can. The burgers shine through in their flavour which makes full use of the ingredients used.
Their original patties are handmade every morning out of 3 parts each with different coarseness. They ride on the strength of each part, and by altering the roughness, create a patty with a chewy texture that locks in the flavour of the meat and juice.
They are particular about their buns too. They have a winning texture that is irresistible even when you’re eating it with meat and veg between one. The restaurant uses no eggs or dairy products*, so those with allergies can rest assured you’ll be safe.
*The buns are made in a factory where there is bread made with eggs and dairy products.
The company is very much focused on the producing area of its vegetables and their quality. They used thick sliced sweet onions grown by Awaji Island producer Narui. Their organic potatoes are from Hokkaido Niseko Farm and are cooked with the skin on.
The new Aoyama branch of Jiyugaoka Burger has a white woodwork interior and the ceilings are high giving it a sense of space and comfort. There’s a large table in the middle which accommodates up to 12 people and can be used alone or for parties at night. There’s also 4-person tables for groups or business meetings. There’s also terrace seats that looks out onto Gaien-Nishi Dori, also known as Platinum Street.
Check out their healthy hamburgers for yourself!
McDonald’s Japan’s Gurakoro Burger Gets New Beef Stew Flavour
27.November.2020 | FOOD
The Gurakoro Burger is a seasonal item added to McDonald’s Japan’s winter menu every year. This year, they are releasing a new rich beef stew flavour on December 2 for a limited period.
“Gurakoro” is a portmanteau of the Japanese words for “gratin” and “korokke,” the latter being the Japanese version of a French croquette. The Gurakoro burgers are crunchy on the outside and melty on the inside. They first appeared at McDonald’s Japan in 1993 and have returned every winter since, popular for its combination of the Gurakoro patty which is filled with creamy ebi, cabbage, a special korokke sauce, and an egg sauce, all squished between a toasted bun.
Gurakoro Burger | ¥340
The burger was created with a new recipe in 2019 that makes the flavour richer. The number of egg yolks used for the egg sauce was also increased, as was the spiciness of the korokke sauce.
Beef Stew Gurakoro | ¥390
This year, McDonald’s Japan is adding a beef stew sauce made with a combination of red wine and demiglace sauce. Added to this is mustard, creating a delicious flavour that goes hand in hand with the creamy gratin korokke.
Gurakoro / Beef Stew Gurakoro
Running: December 2, 2020 – Early January 2021
Available: McDonald’s Japan (Select branches not participating)
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/gracoro/
Japan’s New Eel Burger is Made in Collaboration With the Theatrical Entertainment Sushi Bar Teruzushi
03.July.2020 | FOOD
Matsuya Foods, Gastroduce Japan, and Teruzushi have all joined hands to cook up the new “Eel Burger” which will be sold exclusively in Japan via Matsuya Food Court on Rakuten and Matsuya PayPay Mall starting from 8:00pm (JST) on July 4, 2020.
Like all countries around the world, Japan’s food industry is suffering at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic, with less customers dining in restaurants and eateries. That’s where Matsuya Foods comes in, which has launched an effort to collaborate with fellow restaurants to release exquisite dishes online. That begins with the “Eel Burger,” the first of many foods to come.
Teruzushi is a sushi bar famous for its “theatrical entertainment” style of sushi serving which has earned it the spotlight in the news and on social media in Japan. They serve high-grade sushi which can have the average person easily spending over ¥30,000 during their visit.
The restaurant, located in Fukuoka, is also famous for its “Unagi Burger,” which uses 220g of eel that is prepared in the kabayaki-style and wrapped around sushi rice. That itself is then wrapped in high quality domestic seaweed, resulting in a unique burger-style of sushi. The Eel Burger is an amalgamation of flavours and textures, with the crunchy seaweed complementing the soft eel.
Eel Burger (340g/8 Slices)
Price: ¥6,000 (Tax Included) *Free shipping
Official Website: https://www.matsuyafoods.co.jp/
McDonald’s Japan to Release International Beef Burgers Inspired by the World’s Flavours
19.June.2020 | FOOD
This summer, McDonald’s Japan is releasing three beef burgers inspired by flavours of three countries. From Japan is the “Kalbi Mac,” from Canada is the “Mighty Beef Original,” and from the UK is the “Smokey BBQ.”
When you think of McDonald’s, the first thing that’s sure to come to mind are their beef burgers. The fast food chain has added many different burger flavours to its menu, every country around the world has its own popular style of beef burger. That’s where McDonald’s Japan got the idea for this new series of international burgers, each made using recipes from their respective countries.
Mighty Beef Original: ¥490 / Value Set: ¥790 (Serving: June 24, 2020 – Early August 2020)
Released at McDonald’s Canada, this bacon-filled beef burger is lathered in a rich sauce that has a smokey aroma and garlic punch mixed with black pepper. The salty and smokey bacon bits are what made this burger so deliciously irresistible.
Smokey BBQ: ¥490 / Value Set: ¥790 (Serving: June 24, 2020 – Early July 2020)
The smokey flavour is intense with this juicy beef burger which comes from the UK. It’s filled with over 10 spices, including smokey bacon, black pepper, and cinnamon.
Kalbi Mac: ¥420 / Value Set: ¥720 (Serving: June 24, 2020 – Early August 2020)
And from Japan is beef-on-beef Kalbi Mac which is filled with spicy kalbi beef and a juicy beef patty served between a sesame seed bun. The refreshing sweet lemon sauce and crunchy lettuce serve to elevate the tasty flavours of both beefs.
This is just the first three international burgers to be released at McDonald’s Japan. A new set will be released in mid-July.
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Freshness Burger Powers Up its Popular Spam Burgers
13.May.2020 | FOOD
Freshness Burger released a new limited-time burger on Wednesday called the “Teriyaki Spam Egg Burger.”
Freshness Burger’s spam burgers made more delicious
The teriyaki spam egg burger is made with the restaurant’s spam burger patty. Out of the menu’s 22 regular items, the spam burger is the staff’s favourite. The new teriyaki version switches the bun to a pumpkin bun for new delicious flavour.
Teriyaki Spam Egg Burger – ¥490 (Tax Included)
The patty is topped with browned spam and covered in a specially-made sweet and spicy teriyaki sauce made with koji. It’s also topped with a sunny-side up fried egg, kale, and mayoーand all of this squished between a pumpkin bun. You get the saltiness of the spam, sweetness of the teriyaki sauce and pumpkin bun, and finally the richness of the egg and smoothness of the mayo.
Spam Burger – ¥420 (Tax Included)
The spam burger is also served with browned spam which is covered in teriyaki sauce. It’s topped with an egg, shredded cabbage, and tomato for a compact and hearty serving.
Be sure to try the Freshness Staff’s number one spam burger made even more delicious.
Teriyaki Spam Egg Burger
Released: May 13, 2020
Available: At most Freshness Burger branches in Japan
Official Website: https://www.freshnessburger.co.jp
Experience a Cherry Blossom Burger in Kyoto’s Famous Cherry Blossom Tourist Spot Arashiyama
This March, a restaurant in Arashiyama, Kyoto, that goes by the name CROSS Burger&Beer/Coffee, has announced it will release its new “Sakura Burger” (Cherry Blossom Burger) for the spring season.
CROSS Burger&Beer/Coffee is a restaurant known for its burgers made with pitch black buns – a result from combining the mixture with bamboo charcoal – which are served on afternoon tea stands. All of their patties are made with 100% domestic wagyu, specifically hiragyu from the town of Tanba in Kyoto. To ensure the meat maintains its high quality texture, it is minced together with shoulder and shank, which also creates great flavour.
The new cherry blossom burger uses a pink bun like that of the springtime flower. It has a chewy texture, and the surface is charred so that the outside is crispy and the inside soft. It also means that the meat juice permeates the bun better, and without making it go soggy. The patty is uses the same hiragyu meat, which is breaded and deep-fried to create what is known as menchi-katsu in Japanese. By doing this, it locks in the characteristic and unique flavour of the meat, as well its juice.
Drizzled over the patty is a homemade tartar sauce with Kyoto-style chopped vegetables pickled in salt as the base. The restaurant chops up the vegetables randomly to leave texture in the sauce, which has a refreshing taste thanks to them, creating a flavour you’ll enjoy until the last bite. The burger is also stuffed with a sunny-side up egg and purple cabbage, the latter of which has a slightly bitter bite to it, resulting in an amalgamation of mouth-watering flavours.
Order together with a cocktail or soda float to create an Instagrammable photo.
If you’re heading to Japan to visit Kyoto this cherry blossom season, head to Arashiyama to enjoy the sights and a delicious Sakura Burger.
Address: 48 Arashiyama Kamikaidōchō, Nishikyō Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00-16:00 / Dinner 16:00-23:00
Official Website: https://cross.grandwest.kyoto/
Tabelog, a website which lets you search for the best restaurants in Japan through rankings and reviews, has announced the Top 100 burger joints in the country as ranked by users.
The restaurants chosen accepted the Tabelog Gourmet Award whose concept is “If I was to dine somewhere delicious right now it would be here.”
This year, 61 restaurants from Tokyo made the list, as well as 6 from Aichi Prefecture and 5 from Nagasaki Prefecture. 80 of the restaurants have made the Top 100 list three years in a row, while 14 have ranked for the very first time. Of these new rankings, five are in Tokyo, including ALDEBARAN which opened in Roppongi in June 2018, and Shogun Burger Shinjuku which opened in October 2018.
New ranking restaurants from Nagasaki, which is famous for the Sasebo Burger, is Hikari which was established in 1951 and serves “jumbo size” burgers, and a branch of Log Kit Burger at Sasebo Station which has been listed three years in a row. There is also THE BURGER HEARTS in Iwate Prefecture which is popular for its burgers made with scallops from Ofunato.
If you fancy a juicy burger while in Japan then you have 100 delicious choices to pick from!
Tabelog Top 100 Hamburger Joints
Ranking (Japanese): https://award.tabelog.com/hyakumeiten/2019/hamburger/
Tabelog Official Website: https://tabelog.com/en/
You Will Need All 10 Fingers to Challenge These American Style Burgers
Burgers are becoming a big sensation in Japan. In the country’s current burger boom, some very unique burgers have been whipped up. From the atmosphere to the wallpaper, at TEN FINGERS BURGER in Sangenjaya, you will feel like you are in an American Diner.
If that isn’t enough to excite you, then the menu sure will. The burgers come in three different sizes: 10 Fingers, 8 Fingers and 6 Fingers to represent how many fingers you will need to hold the burger.
We all love a filling burger, but TEN FINGERS BURGER has taken this to a whole new level, commemorating their one-year anniversary in June with the release of a seriously huge burger which stirred a drooling sensation.
We recommend you demolish this burger with a cream soda to enjoy a wonderful flavour combination.
Inviting your friends to challenge this burger with you surely would be fun. And afterwards, you can all treat yourselves to this tempting and colourful banana split.
This burger is not only huge, but also delicious. Come challenge your 10 fingers (and possibly toes) to this impossibly massive burger!
TEN FINGERS BURGER, Sangenjaya
Address: 23-11 GEMS, Taishido, Setagaya City, Tokyo
Access: 2-minute walk from Sangenjaya Station (Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line, Tokyu Setagaya Line)
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00（Last orders: 22:30）
*Lunch sets are served until 3pm on weekdays
Open all year round except for the New Year’s period.
Stone Oven Cooked Burgers Served at New Ishigamaya GOKU BURGER in Omotesando
Stone oven hamburger chain Ishigamaya Hamburg has opened its first global flagship branch Ishigamaya GOKU BURGER in Omotesando. The restaurant will be open for a limited-period of 2 years.
The classic hamburger is made from 100% ground beef, but at Ishigayama Hamburg they serve what is known as the “Hamburg Steak,” a mix of onions, spices, breadcrumbs, milk and other ingredients in the patty. It’s a popular dish in Japan alongside ramen and tonkatsu.
We visited Ishigamaya GOKU BURGER to see what a hamburger tastes like at a place that specialises in juicy, stone oven cooked Hamburg Steak.
The restaurant faces Omotesando Hills. It’s in the same building as Heiroku Sushi on the second floor. It’s very easy to spot with its big sign that reads “GOKU BURGER.”
The cosy burger joint has a casual atmosphere to it, lit up by its many variations of lamps.
From the big windows you can look down onto the the streets of Omotesando.
From your table you can see the large stone ovens which cook the famous Hamburg Steak. The smell is incredible.
I ordered the ¥1,450 Avocado Cheeseburger. It looks really cool with the knife stuck through it. You can choose from three different sauces to coat your burger: Original, Teriyaki and the Chef’s Special. I went with Original.
Time to tuck in! But before that, you’ve got to put on the gloves provided by the restaurant which come with every burger. So what explains why the sauce is served in a separate tray! The fact you get your own gloves is a great idea since it means it’ll keep your hands nice and clean so you won’t get grease all over them.。
The meat is succulent and extremely juicy. The burger juices and sauce blend together to make a really delicious flavour which make you just keep on dipping.
The hamburgers are made with red meat that has only a little fat content, with each burger formed by hand individually. And by cooking them in a stone oven it means the burger will cook evenly and all at once, sealing the flavours and juices in even more compared to infrared cookers. The buns too have an amazing taste and are nice and fluffy.
The potato fries are round rather than long and thin. They don’t go soggy and go amazingly with the sauce too.
The ¥1,580 BLT Burger looks tasty too, it’s packed full of colourful ingredients.
When you order the ¥1,380 Premium Hamburg Steak Regular Set they pour the sauce over for you, so I had to take a photo. The thick steak is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside so it maintains its juiciness.
If you love burgers then you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to Ishigamaya GOKU BURGER to try a burger like no other.
Ishigamaya GOKU BURGER
Address: 5-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: http://www.kichiri.co.jp/brand/ishigamaya/
Aladdin Inspired Afternoon Tea Wishes Its Way to VINO BUONO in Omotesando
The Omotesando branch of VINO BUONO is now selling a special Aladdin-themed afternoon tea until September 1.
This luxurious tea set comes with a mix of light savoury food and desserts. But the savoury side of it isn’t your conventional assortment, instead coming with four different selections including tandoori chicken pitta bread sandwiches, a couscous and seafood salad, and more.
The scones contain sweet and fragrant rosemary honey which fill are sure to tickle your fancy.
The Pistachio Macarons and Arabian Night Blanc-Manger are glazed in a beautiful blue colour reminiscent of the world of Aladdin. And don’t forgot the cute Magic Lamp Cookie with its blue centre―it’s almost too good to eat!
Other delights include the Mango & Flower Verrine, Pyramid Mousse, and gorgeous tea that looks like it has had a spell cast on it.
Take your special someone to VINO BUONO this summer and show them the world with this limited-time Aladdin afternoon tea.
Address: Portofino Floor 2F, 3-15-5, Kita-Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: Weekdays 11:30-17:00 (Last Entries/Orders 15:00) / Weekends & Holidays 14:00-17:00 (Last Entries 15:00 / Orders 15:30)
*2 hours allotted
Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays
Official Website: https://www.bestbridal.co.jp/restaurant/vino-buono/
Special Afternoon Tea
Running: Now Until September 1, 2019
Price: ¥3,360 (Tax & Service Charge Included)
All twelve branches of the American-style hamburger restaurant J.S. BURGERS CAFE in Japan began holding the “Edo x American Fair” from April 17.
The fair takes Japanese food connected to Edo like sukiyaki, sushi and tempura and turns them into classic American-style food like hamburgers, sandwiches, popcorn shrimp and more.
“Sukiyaki” Bacon Cheeseburger: ¥1,380
The burger is made with an original patty of soft and melt-in-the-mouth sliced beef rib which is covered in a sweet and spicy soy sauce that brings out the full flavour of the beef. It’s topped with sauteed edible chrysanthemums, grilled spring onion and other ingredients that give it that sukiyaki appearance. But it also comes with smoked bacon and Gouda cheese to make it that collaboration between Japanese and American flavours.
Roast Beef “Sushi” Sandwich: ¥1,280
This sandwich takes soft and fatty roast beef and makes it look like meat-topped sushi. It’s covered in an aioli sauce that’s made with shredded dried plum and beefsteak as well as wasabi for a refreshing kick. Many flavours and textures can be enjoyed with this sandwich, from the beefsteak plant to the seaweed butter. It also comes with a side of fries seasoned with black sesame seed pepper.
“Tempura” Shrimp Fritter w/ Honey & Plum Dressing: ¥780
A delicious plate of fried shrimp in a special coating that comes with a mayo dip laced with sweet honey and sour shredded dried plum.
“Miso” Clam Chowder: ¥350
Clam chowder is an American classic, but this one is infused with secret Japanese flavours. The spring onions and ginger give it a flavoursome kick.
J.S. BURGERS CAFE Official Website: http://burgers.journal-standard.jp/
Pink Burger & Other Springtime Food Served at GINZA SIX
16.March.2019 | FOOD
The Grand Ginza’s Grand Lounge, located at the top of GINZA SIX, will begin selling its “Pink Menu” next month. Themed on the colour of springtime cherry blossoms, the menu consists of an afternoon tea set and a limited edition burger.
Strawberry Afternoon Tea: ¥4,200 (Tax Included/Separate Service Charge) – Available: April 1 to June 30
This strawberry packed afternoon tea set is a mix of seven foods and desserts including a strawberry and foie gras terrine, strawberry and shrimp Macedonian salad and more. There are also 11 varieties of tea, coffee and lattes to cheese from.
Spring Burger Set: ¥1,800 (Tax Included/Separate Service Charge) – Available: April 1 to April 30
The spring pink coloured burger is flavoured with red wine and berries and comes tapas that goes well with champagne or beer. This set is limited to 15 servings per day.
Enjoy a spring-themed menu at GINZA SIX.
THE GRAND LOUNGE
Address: GINZA SIX Floor 13F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
SMT TOKYO is bringing back the SJ Burgers for a limited time beginning on March 2.
The SJ Burgers are a combination of the Super Junior members’ favourite flavours. It was first released in November last year and was so popular that reservations ended up being completely booked up. The 100% beef burger has been made even tastier and makes a return with last year’s hugely popular kimchi and gochujang red chili paste sauce.
As well as the burger an original blue cocktail will also be served, the same colour associated with the group.
The first of the burgers to be released focuses on group member Yesung who began his Japan tour on February 20. He is nicknamed Niisan (“Older Brother”) by his Japanese fans. Ni and san also mean “2” and “3” respectively in Japanese, which ties in with the date on which this burger will be released: March 2. Only twenty burgers will be sold each day and they will only be served during cafe time. Those who manage to get the burger will receive a postcard and can participate in the “Yesung wo Sagase!” social media campaign.
Super Junior Burger Set w/ French Fries & Drink: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
SMT TOKYO will also be decorated with a mini Yesung photo display and select tour merchandise will be available to purchase. Don’t miss out!
Super Junior x SMT Tokyo
Location: SMT Tokyo (Akasaka Biz Tower Floor 1F, 5-3-1 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo)
Running: March 2, 2019 – April 30, 2019
Serving: Everyday from 15:00-18:00
“Yesung wo Sagase!” Social Media Campaign
Five lucky people have the chance to win exclusive Yesung signed merchandise. To enter, you must order the burger set and post on your social media with the hashtags listed below. Winners will be picked randomly. They will also receive an additional original badge if they include in their post a picture of the Yesung acrylic stand hidden somewhere in the restaurant.
*Please show your social media post to the staff when paying at the till. You will be handed an application ticket for the campaign.
*The original badges are available in a limited quantity.
#SMT_TOKYO #SUPERJUNIOR #YESUNG #ys_story
Super Junior Official Website (Japan): https://superjunior-jp.net/
Super Junior Official Website: http://superjunior.smtown.com/