‘niko and … COFFEE’ Cafe Reforms Its Popular Bread Roll Menu

11.October.2018 | FOOD

niko and … COFFEE is a cafe popular for its bread rolls, and they have announced an update to their menu which will see 6 new items added to the list on October 13.

The cafe is part of “niko and …”, a lifestyle brand who also designed and manage the cafe. People have publicly expressed the great flavor and cute appearance of the cafe’s bread rolls ever since they arrived in November 2016.

The new bread rolls to arrive at the cafe―bringing the total up to 12―is a mix of three sweet and three salty bread rolls with a range of different bases including cream cheese, custard and more.

 

Pick from Tiramisu, which is made with rich tiramisu cream and a homemade coffee syrup; Blueberry Rare Cheese, a mix of full-bodied rare cheese and juicy blueberries; Mentai Potato, which is filled with a potato salad made from a fusion of walleye pollack roe and potatoes, both from Hokkaido; Hire Katsu Taru Taru, a sweet and spicy mix of ingredients drizzled in lots of tartar sauce; and more.

 

Be sure to head to one of the niko and … COFFEE branches listed below from October 13 to try out these new delicious selections.

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    23.December.2017 | FOOD

    The editorial team of Japan’s biggest bread specialist community website Pansta (“Bread Star”) have announced the winners of “Bread of the Year 2017”. The bread mania returns this year to deliver a careful selection of 7 different breads.

     

    Every year the Pansta editorial team picks the best breads of the past 12 months. The “Bread of the Year” rankings are picked up by TV and magazines, announced on a wide scale. Rankings are compiled by the number of posts, likes and audience reach by pan lovers on the website, as well as breads the editorial team find in their everyday activities. 7 breads have been selected for 2017, each in their own category.

     

    Best Baguette – Gold Prize Signifiant Signifie (Setagaya, Tokyo)

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    Signifiant Signifie’s huge popularity is consistent when it comes to bread. It received much attention for its huge bread overhaul this year. Their signature “Baguette Puratanu” is now fermented for 40 hours as a result of the insatiable curiosity of chefs in Shiga. The baguette has an intense flavour and a light aftertaste. Part of its quality is that the flavour stays just as good even if eaten the next day. The Baguette Puratanu can be bought at the main Signifiant Signifie store in Setagaya as well as the Nihonbashi and Tamagawa branches of Takashiyama and online.

     

    Best Loaf – Gold Prize Ore no Bakery&Cafe (Shibuya, Tokyo)

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    This immensely popular store is said to have sped up the boom of high-grade bread in Tokyo. Ore no Bakery&Cafe initially opened in Ebisu and had constant long queues of people trying to get in. Another branch opened in Ginza this year. Their “Ore no Seishoku Pan” is so soft that when it’s freshly baked it almost seems like it will sink in on itself just by touching it. The loaf is sold unsliced in two sizes. Its high point is the milky fragrance and sweetness brought on by fresh milk from Nakahora Bokujou in Iwate Prefecture. It’s enjoyed by people of all ages and despite being high-grade bread, many loafs are sold to lots of people.

     

    Best Croissant – Gold Prize Sawamura Bakery & Restaurant (Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture)

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    This shop is flooded with customers from the early morning during days off and consecutive holidays who want to get their fingers on the freshly baked croissants sold here. Anyone and everyone can experience personally the goodness of the ingredients when sinking their teeth into one. One bite is enough for your nose to be hit with the sweet fragrance of butter from these flaky croissants. The shop looks just like a Paris bakery, lined with big breads that look like campagne. They also have branches in Karuizawa, Shinjuku and Hiroo, so be sure to check it out.

     

    Best Sandwich – Gold Prize oeuf TAMAKO Sando (Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture)

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    The most popular egg-sandwich chain is TAMAKO. The texture of the rice bread is soft and doughy, filled with egg and pesticide-free fresh lettuce. It may be simple but its delicious flavour is irresistible. They also have a selection of other sandwiches that combine egg with made different ingredients other than egg. The variety there is huge – you’ll never grow tired of their sandwiches no matter how many times you go. There are also branches in Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama and Aichi.

     

    Best Curry Bread – Gold Prize Aiwa Pan (Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture)

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    The shopkeeper of Aiwa Pan is confident in the creation of curry breads with background research in the curry of Pakistan. The spices are noticeably packed in there but are condensed into a rich flavour of the curry roux that contains chicken. The tomato based bread has an exquisite balance with the rich curry. The fried bread is crunchy and in fact made with coconut oil making it a healthier option.

     

    Best Anpan – Gold Prize Yoshida Pan (Katsushika, Tokyo)

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    Yoshida Pan’s strained white bean paste uses one variety of common bean and ootebou navy bean from Tokachi in Hokkaido, giving it a high-quality, smooth and melt-in-the-mouth taste. The texture of the mashed sweet bean paste can be enjoyed with organic adzuki beans from Tokachi that have been cooked with brown sugar from France. Both bring to mind the high-grade flavours of Japanese wagashi and go perfect with coffee. This revolutionary anpan is a perfect balance of traditional Japanese bread made in a contemporary style. The bread that envelops the red bean is also in its own league with its soft texture and sweet flavour that just melts in your mouth.

     

    Best Bread Roll – Gold Prize Yoshida Pan (Katsushika, Tokyo)

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    This big bread roll with its gently baked colour will light up your day even if you just catch a glimpse of it. You’ll be surprised how heavy it is when you pick it up. You select the ingredients and the shop staff will roll it there for you, allowing you to have fun combining your own flvours.

     

    Find your favourite bread from the unique selection available in Japan!

     

    ■Information

    Pansta: http://pansta.jp/

    Pansta Editorial Group: http://pansta.jp/-/askme/

    “Bread of the Year 2017” Announcement Page: http://pansta.jp/poty/2017/

     

  • 【Tokyo Cafe】 If you want to eat delicious bread, visit “Ore no Bakery & Café”, Ebisu!

    04.June.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Today we will be introducing a café located in the city that sells exquisite food and drinks. This café opened last year and takes particular care when making bread.

     

    To pursue the true essence of good flavour, a variety of three breads, bursting with the flavours of extraordinary passion are the main attraction of this café.

    Ore no Italian, ore no French – ORENO corporation manages a number of eating establishments. It was under these business conditions that “Ore no Bakery & Café” opened. One day, the manager said “Let’s make Japanese bread!” and the business kicked off.

    We were lucky to have a chat with the café manager Takeda-san. Takeda-san was cute with a shy smile and passionately talked about bread. – a surprisingly attractive staff member! ♪

    Three varieties of Japanese bread have been developed. One of these includes the “Ore no seishoku pan” – this 12X25X12cm loaf costs ¥1,000 tax included. The unique point of this bread is that it is eaten raw. The bakery also uses Hokkaido wheat and Kitanokaori as a base. The base dough is baked using milk from Nakahora farm. The springy and soft texture of the bread is its unique selling point. This bread is best enjoyed two hours after being freshly baked.

    You must try a cup of blended coffee with the bread (¥380 tax included). At Ore no Bakery & Café, a sommelier is in charge of brewing the coffee to create a magnificent blend. Brazilian, Mandheling, and Kenyan coffee beans are used as the base for blending. After endlessly searching for the perfect accompaniment for the bread, the manager finally arrived at this coffee as the solution. This 300ml volume of coffee will satisfy you.

    There is also a capsule machine located in the store. The capsules hold approximately 1 portion of coffee beans. There are many people who take the opportunity to use the capsule machine when they are in the café.

    The open plan kitchen is spacious, allowing you to be drawn in with the sight fresh goods being prepared.

    During this season, enjoy the fresh lustrous greenery outdoors with the terrace seating. Relax in the spacious green environment.

    The most popular sandwich is the fluffy “atsuyaki tamago sandwich” (¥680 including tax). This is a thick rolled egg sandwich. The sweet balance of flavour between the dashi stock used to make the atsuyaki tamago and the bread is so delicious you will be able to eat several in a row. An extra kick of mustard and you got a flavour you can just keep eating.

    The new menu also features the 4 variety cheese toast (Yonshu cheese toast – ¥580 tax included). A slice of tin bread topped with grana padano, gorgonzola, cheddar and mozzarella – surely this combination is heaven! With no added sugar, taste this snack and feel refreshed. The deep, rich flavour of the cheese makes for an exquisite blend of flavours. This superb blend of cheeses combined with the topping of honey makes it a superb product.

    You cannot live everyday life without bread, and furthermore this bread is definitely worth its price – top class! The café is also located in Yebisu Garden Place, which can easily be accessed from anywhere, so how about dropping by after a shopping trip or a date?

     

    Information

    Ore no Bakery & Cafe

    Address:Ebisu Garden Place Tokei Hiroba, 4-20-6, Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Tel:03-6277-0457
    Holiday:No fixed holiday dates
    Hours:Café 8:00 ~ 21:00(Last orders: 20:00)
    Bread selling times: 10:00 ~ 21:00
    Web: http://www.oreno.co.jp

     

    Photo:Kayo Sekiguchi
    Edit:Namiko Azuma
    Text:Ryoichi KOMABA

     

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  • 【Tokyo Cafe】 Break away from the busy city for a cup of coffee at “GRAIN BREAD BREW” located near Hikawa Shrine.

    27.September.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Today’s feature looks at GRAIN BREAD BREW – a café that sits snug nearby Hikawa Shrine in Shibuya. This special café brings warmth to your everyday and receives a perfect score when it comes to spaciousness.

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    The shop owner, who makes coffee apparatus and tumblers, is a big sandwich-lover. After travelling the world and trying out different sandwiches, the owner came up with delicious sandwich recipes and wanted many people to taste them. This is how the café was born. The café’s name derives from special keywords. “Grain” is used to make the store’s “bread”. Coffee beans are carefully selected to “brew”. This makes the “GRAIN BREAD BREW” we know and love today.

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    The bright and spacious entrance creates a friendly atmosphere. The interior uses white as a colour theme base. Here, comfortable furniture has been gathered and arranged perfectly. The warm-coloured lighting brings the interior design into perspective, filling the room with a warm atmosphere.

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    The iconic and cute squirrel is the café’s mascot character. It is inspired by the animals that gather outside Hikawa Shrine, which is located nearby. These squirrel mascots are everywhere inside the café – can you spot them  all?

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    The coffee beans used to brew the specialty coffee are carefully selected from across the world. In order for the full flavour to be extracted from the beans, a coffee press is used. Our team recommends a hot cup of fresh, sour, yet fruity Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Domeruso (¥450 + tax).

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    What makes the coffee press superior to a flannel drip and paper drip is the ability to press the natural oil of the coffee beans directly into the mug, making the perfect cup.  You can enjoy the true essence of coffee to your hearts content right here at this café.

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    The sandwiches are made using a variety of breads including ciabatta, toast, pita bread and much more. Each type of bread has been specially made to draw out maximum flavour. The monster-style sandwich is filled with a generous 100g of bacon and costs ¥1,000 (+ tax). The springy texture of the ciabatta bread is complimented by the flavour of olive oil. A thick slice of bacon, rich balsamic vinegar, and to top off the texture, a bit of sliced cucumber. At a glance, the dish looks quite filling, but it is surprisingly light. No need to share – those who get full quite easily can still finish it off on their own!

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    Our recommendation from the sweets menu is the fluffy French toast brûlée. This uses seasonal fruits and is accompanied with ice cream. (¥800 + tax). The texture of this lovable dessert is created by preparing the egg mix for 24 hours. This dish is plated up with apple compote and honey, and vanilla ice cream with a nut garnish. The three parts to the dessert exist in perfect harmony, ensuring that you do not tire of the taste. Every mouthful is something to look forward to.

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    The company also sells coffee-making equipment and a variety of goods that are easy for anyone to use. The Wallmug Demita (¥800 + tax) is a popular product designed as a result of a collaboration of many famous brands. You can purchase a tumbler and micro coffee dripper (¥700 + tax) to make a set. These are just a few items included in the lineup of easy-to-use goods!

    If you are searching for a place where you can remove yourself from the bustling city, enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and soothe your senses, please visit GRAIN BREAD BREW. There is also a takeout menu, so you can enjoy nice coffee whilst watching the autumn leaves of the shrine forest.

     

     

    Photos by:Kayo Sekiguchi
    Editor:Namiko Azuma
    Original text by:Ryoichi KOMABA

    Translated by: Samantha Fernandes

    Source:She magazine http://she-mag.jp/diary/81280?wid=54544

     

     

     

    ◼︎ Information

    GRAIN BREAD BREW

    Address: 2-20-18, Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Tel:080-4355-2016
    Hours:11:00 〜 21:00 (Saturday 8:00 〜 Sunday 8:00 〜 19:00)
    Holidays:Mondays (The café is closed the day after a national holiday)
    WEB: http://www.grainbb.com

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    Collection at a Glance

     

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  • First Collaboration Merch Now on Sale from KEITA MARUYAMA x niko and…

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    Keita Maruyama has designed stage costumes for countless musicians and celebrities, including Japanese pop band DREAMS COME TRUE. In an interview held before the stream, he had plenty to say about what to expect. 

     

     

     

    Maruyama Interview

     

    ──What brought this collaboration about? 

    Actually, “niko and…” reached out to me, and we decided to make this dream collab a reality. After tossing some ideas back and forth, we decided to go with a theme of ‘GARDEN CAMP.’ Even though my brand, KEITA MARUYAMA, and the “niko and…” brand have very different marketing styles, we’re both creators at heart. We both want to use fashion to uplift and energize people. 

     

    ──In this new collection, what would you consider the main focus to be? 

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    ──We’re very curious about the textile redesign…

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    ──How do you feel when you look at your older work? 

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    ──Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, people have been spending more time at home and less of an opportunity to buy clothes. What has your experience been like? 

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    The project was started as a reconstruction and restoration effort to help support Kumamoto after the devastating earthquake that struck in 2016 and the 2018 Japan floods. For every select product sold, 0.5 yen is donated to the relief effort to aid victims of the disasters.

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    Colours: Off-White/Unbleached/Beige
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    Mobile Ring Holder
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    Look felinely-fashionable this summer with the Samana Mos2 x Neko Neko Shokupan collection.

     

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    Customers are welcome to try out the free samples on display. Each sample has a little card detailing various information which customers can take to the register if they want to buy that item. Often in Japanese bakeries there are tongs and trays which customers are free to use, but this new style of service lessens contact with others for a safer trip during the pandemic.

    The bakery serves Bread, Espresso & classics like French toast and their mu pastries, as well as alternatives like gluten-free breads, no-sugar treats, and more.

  • Sailor Moon Eternal’s Second Anime Film Promoted With Luna Shaped Bread

    14.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese bakery Neko Neko Shokupan is promoting the release of the second in the two-part anime film series Sailor Moon Eternal by baking up a bread inspired by everyone’s favourite feline: Luna. The bread will be sold from February 11 to March 25.

    Neko Neko Shokupan Luna Bread w/ Chocolate Pen | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    The bread is made of pastry laced with black cocoa powder. Luna’s ears are strawberry flavoured and she  of course has her iconic crescent moon atop her forehead. She arrives safely packaged in a cube-shaped box decorated in night sky stars and the moon. This box is placed in an eye-catching bag with little Sailor Moon details that are sure to be familiar to any fan, including Luna herself as well as Artemis.

     

    The bread is available in-store at Neko Neko Shokupan branches and via the online store All Hearts Mall in Japan

    The first film in the Sailor Moon Eternal series was released on January 8, 2021, and the second on February 11, 2021.

     

    ©武内直子・PNP/劇場版「美少女戦士セーラームーンEternal」製作委員会

  • Cat Shaped Bread Releases at Neko Neko Shokupan For Hinamatsuri Festival

    09.February.2021 | FOOD

    Neko Neko Shokupan is celebrating Japan’s annual Hinamatsuri festival, also known as Doll’s Day, by releasing a set of three limited-edition flavours of its popular cat-shaped bread. It is now available via their online store until March 3, 2021.

    Strawberry / Plain / Matcha – ¥4,600 (Tax & Shipping Included)

    Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Strawberry

    Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Plain

    Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Matcha

    Neko Neko House

    The cute set includes pink-coloured strawberry, white-coloured plain, and green-coloured matcha breads which are available for delivery at addresses in Japan. They arrive in a cute house-shaped box.

  • Taiwanese Melon Bread Heads to Harajuku Food Factory

    08.February.2021 | FOOD

    The hugely popular Taiwan Melon Pan bread, which sells 10,000 units a month in Osaka, Kichijoji, and Nishiogikita, is now being served at Harajuku Food Factory until February 20.

    Taiwan Melon Pan | ¥380 (Before Tax)

    Taiwan Cheese Melon Pan | ¥450 (Before Tax)

    The Taiwan Melon Pan bread is a combination of sweetness, rich butter, and salt for an irresistible flavour experience.

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