Blind taste-winning Taiwanese Bubble Tea Jenjudan Opens In the Young and Trendy Shibuya

12.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

On June 14, popular Taiwanese bubble tea shop Jenjudan will open its first shop in Japan. The first shop will be located in the city that is known for capturing the hearts of Tokyo’s young and trendy: Shibuya. More specifically, the shop will be located on the MAG 7 Food Floor (7th floor) of  MAGNET by SHIBUYA 109.

Jenjudan stands out for their skilled tea makers and carefully-selected ingredients that are used to make their high quality drinks. One of the main ingredients is 100% natural brown sugar, which is used to soak the tapioca pearls for full flavor. They also use rich Hokkaido milk. The best part is that all ingredients used here are natural and free from additives. Plenty of research went into harnessing the natural sweetness of the black sugar by determining the exact amount of time to soak the tapioca in the sugar syrup in order to extract its maximum flavour. Jenjudan managed to achieve flavourful tapioca where the flavour gradually spreads through your mouth when chewed. The softness and size of the tapioca were also carefully crafted after extensive research.

The first ever overseas branch has been set up in Singapore’s famous tourist spot of Shilin Night Market. 

Jenjudan bubble tea was the winner in a blind tasting event conducted by Taiwanese lifestyle and current affairs popular smartphone app Mobile 01, so you absolutely must try it.

 

Photos: 宏勝商事株式会社

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  • Reviewing Harajuku’s Newest Bubble Tea Shop CHA NUNG

    11.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hello, everyone! MMN editor Midori here.

     

    The battleground for bubble tea victory in Harajuku continues as new shops open one after the other. I paid a visit to the latest bubble tea shop to open in Harajuku. It’s called CHA NUNG and is based in Taiwan with branches in America, Singapore and elsewhere too.

     

    Located in the Omotesando part of Harajuku, this is the first CHA NUNG to open in Japan!

    This is how the outside looks. The neon signs are super cute!

     

    The inside walls and columns have tiles on them which gives the shop a refreshing atmosphere. Having such a simple design means guys and adults can enter without embarrassment too since a lot of bubble tea shops in Harajuku have designs catered toward young girls.

    The decor and designs may be simple but there are plenty of Instagrammable opportunities!

    The handy menu shows you the steps on how to order your drink. You can choose the sweetness of your drink, how much ice you want in there, and more. You can even have no sweetness in there at all, meaning they cater to everyone from those who don’t think sweet things to the biggest sweet-tooths out there!

    The menu is pretty big! Not only do they serve the standard milk tea but fruit teas too, something which I saw a lot of people ordering.

     

    I went for the classic Taiwan Tapioca Black Milk Tea!

    The first thing that struck me when I held my beverage in my hand was the amount of tapioca pearls inside! You could say they filled up about 1/3 of the cup.

     

    At other shops you can pay extra to have more tapioca pearls in your drink, but this is more cost efficient as you get pretty much the same amount as that here anyway.

    Let’s taste!

    It has a strong milky flavour but the taste of the tea really comes through. The tapioca pearls are about the same size as usual but are a soft “chewy” type. The ice is quite thin so by the time you’ve finished all the ice has already melted away. In any case, you get a lot of tapioca pearls so it’s a very satisfying drink.

     

    If you’re feeling peckish or just love bubble tea then I recommend paying a visit to CHA NUNG!

  • 7 Must-Visit Bubble Tea Shops in Harajuku

    03.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hello, everybody! It’s Midori from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Harajuku is a bubble tea battleground! A new bubble tea shop opens every month, and all of them enjoy huge lines of customers. I’ve tried most of the bubble tea in Harajuku, and so I’ve compiled the perfect list for those of you who don’t want to take a gamble and choose the wrong place, or those of you not planning to do a bubble tea crawl to taste test.

     

    Gong cha – The standard bubble tea shop


    Gong cha has multiple stores here and there, but the one in Harajuku is extremely busy on weekends, so much so that it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s the one people line up for the most.

     

    In spite of the many subtle customisations you can have with your drink, whether it’s the ice and sweetness levels  or the toppings, the staff here are extremely skilled in what they do. This might explain the long lines of people.

     

    You can’t go wrong with this place, so I recommend it to newcomers of bubble tea.

     

    ■Information
    Gong cha Harajuku Omotesando
    Address: Harajuku Bell Pier 1F, 6-6-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6427-7543
    Access: 3-minutes on foot from Exit 7 of Tokyo Metro Meiji-Jingumae Station
    Seats: None
    Business Hours:
    [Mon-Thur] 11:00-21:30
    [Fri] 11:00-22:00
    [Wknds & Hols] 10:00-22:00

     

    THE ALLEY – Where they have chic cups!

    Chic cup server THE ALLEY is close to Gong cha. Its location can be difficult for people to explain, and yet this place too is bustling on weekends!

     

    In addition to the standard bubble tea options, this shop also sells unique drinks, like its “Bonsai Tapioca.” Personally, I prefer ordering this drink “mild hot” rather than the normal cool or hot. I’ve burnt myself drinking hot tapioca through a straw before, so mild hot is great for me.

    The tapioca balls are relatively small so I think those people who’ve never had tapioca before will find it delicious. I recommend it on a chilly day!

     

    Review: Trying the New Cheese Tea at The Alley in Omotesando

     

    ■Information
    The Alley
    Address: 6-6-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-6712-5185
    Website: http://www.the-alley.jp/

     

    KOI Thé – For those of you who want to try something a little different


    KOI Thé serves golden tapioca balls instead of black!

     

    The shop has a simple interior design and enjoys more male and adult and adult customers compared to other places. When compared to Gong cha and THE ALLEY it may seem as if not many people line up for this one, but their flavours are great, and the small golden tapioca balls can be sipped smoothly.

     

    I recommend going to KOI Thé if you’re a little embarrassed about going into an overly ‘kawaii’ looking shop or if you don’t want to line up for long.

     

    Visiting Harajuku’s Newest Tapioca Drink Store KOI Thé

     

    ■Information
    KOI Thé
    Address: 4-27-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-6434-5753
    Website: https://koithe.jp/

     

    NONARA PEARL – Their pink kitty is so cute!


    NONARA PEARL is located on the second floor of Laforet Harajuku. As of now this is the only branch, so if you’re looking to try Harajuku-exclusive bubble tea then look no further. Since it’s located indoors, you don’t have to worry about the heat, cold or rain when lining up. It’s nice to have a leisurely chat with friends when lining up.


    The shop also has this big piece of wall art which is perfect for an Instagram steal. In any case, I recommend visiting if you want to drink some Harajuku-style cute bubble tea.

     

    ■Information
    NONARA PEARL
    Address: Laforet Harajuku 2F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6432-9627
    Access:
    1-minute (54m) on foot from Exit 5 of Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
    4-minutes (310m) on foot from the Omotesando Exit of Harajuku Station via the JR Yamanote Line
    9-minutes (700m) on foot from Exit A1 of Omotesando Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

     

    FORTUNER tea box – A little-known good place where you can drink cheese tea!


    FORTUNER tea box sells cheese tea topped with cheese foam that’s like a bubbly cheese cake. Though their beverages are rich and delicious the shop is a little far from the station. But that means you don’t have to line up to get your drink.

     

    Their bubble tea is addictive, so I recommend it to anyone who has already tried regular bubble tea and those who don’t want to stand in line.

     

    Drink Tea in Style With FORTUNER tea-box’s Cheese Tea Tapioca in Harajuku

     

    The building it’s in also has a shop that sells really cute bottled drinks. Check it out via the link below.

     

    Anyone Can Become an Instagrammer With Drinks Sold at Harajuku’s Popular ‘cafe no.’

     

    ■Information
    FORTUNE tea-boxAddress: 3-27-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, TokyoOpening Hours: 11:30am-11:00pm (No Fixed Holidays)

    TEL: 03-5755-5708

    Website: http://fortuner.co.jp/index.html

     

    Si an ju – Seahorse tapioca!


    Si an ju opened just recently, you’ll know it by their seahorse logo!

     

    Their brown sugar tapioca has a coral-like design as pictured above. The tapioca here is chewy and very filling. It’s also conveniently close to Harajuku Station.

     

    Their large-grained tapioca are freshly-made and you don’t have to line up as much as Gong cha or THE ALLEY. I recommend this shop to those who want to try out the newest tapioca in Harajuku.

     

    Food Review: Seahorse Bubble Tea at Sin an ju in Front of Harajuku Station

     

    ■Information
    Sin an juAddress: 1-19-14 Jingumae, Shibuya, TokyoTEL: 03-5843-0229

    Official Website: https://sin-an-ju.

     

    Chakasho – Famous flavours on Takeshita Street


    The last entry to this list is Chakasho which also just opened recently!

     

    It being along Takeshita Street means you can also get some shopping in too. Their drinks may be less “Instagrammable” than other shops, but their tapioca are chewy and large-grained, and the drinks are rich but easy to drink, delicious, and very satisfying.

     

    If you’ve made the effort to go to Harajuku and want some extraordinarily tasty tapioca then I recommend Chakasho. They have lots of staff working there so the lines move quickly.

     

    Harajuku’s New Bubble Tea Shop Chakasho―Review

     

    ■Information

    Chakasho – Harajuku Takeshita Street

    Address: 175 Honkan Bldg. Floor B1F, 1-7-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Website: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/

     

    Many shops are crowded on the weekends, some where you can be waiting over half an hour! But all of the drinks sold at these shops are tasty so you’ll soon come to realise why the lines are so long. Since you’ve made the effort to visit Harajuku, why not try lining up at one of them?

     

    The shops are very busy at noon on weekends so I recommend heading to a shop around opening time to avoid that.

     

    I hope this article is helpful to both those making their bubble tea debut as well as local bubble tea masters!

  • Asakusa Bubble Tea Shop BOBA365 Reveals New Matcha Latte & Dorayaki

    04.March.2019 | FOOD

    BOBA365, a bubble tea shop which just opened in Asakusa in November last year, has announced it is releasing a new drink and dessert on March 1, 2019.

    Yaki Brûlée Matcha Latte – Regular Size ¥700 (Tax Included)

    The new Yaki Brûlée Matcha Latte is an upgrade of BOBA365’s most popular beverage, the Tapioca Matcha Latte Kiwami. It’s a combination of bitter matcha from Shizuoka Prefecture and milk. It has just the right amount of sweetness to create an even deeper flavour than the store’s original matcha latte. Matcha is said to be good for health and beauty, and so to make it even more delicious, BOBA365 has burnt the top of the drink like a crème brûlée. There are five layers of flavour to indulge in with just one sip.

    Thick Dorayaki Matcha Kiwami: ¥480 (Tax Included)

    The original Tapioca Matcha Latte Kiwami has also be turned into a delicious dorayaki dessert packed with a generous serving of cream laced with matcha from Shizuoka Prefecture.

     

    BOBA365 has announced it will release more new items in the near future, but for now enjoy the Yaki Brûlée Matcha Latte and Thick Dorayaki Matcha Kiwami.

  • Pearl Lady Bubble Tea Collaborates With Sanrio Character Cast

    07.May.2019 | FOOD

    To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Japanese bubble tea shop Pearl Lady is now collaborating with six characters Sanrio characters including Hello Kitty and Pompompurin.

     

     

    Participating Stores (Above Drinks): Shinjuku Higashi-guchi / Ikebukuro / Harajuku / Shibuya / Machiya / Machida / Omiya / Nagoya Natsuta / Kokura / Nago / Haebar

    Pearl Lady is credited as the creator of ‘dessert bubble tea’ drinks. Their menu has many options from classic milk tea to whipped cream tea, ice cream tea and more.

     

    For this collaboration customers can enjoy drinks inspired by Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Pochacco.

     

    Participating Stores (Above Drinks): SHINJUKU TOHO BLDG / Shinjuku PePe / Akabane / Kamata / Kasai / Shimokitazawa / Kichijoji / Musashi Murayama / Kawagoe / Yokohama Vivre / Kamiooka / Chiba / Funabashi / Nikke Colton Plaza / Shizuoka / Osaka Tsurumi / Kashihara / Kobe South

     

    Sweets Pearl Lady is a sister brand of the shop and offers a rich menu with amazing ingredients. They also have a huge variety of tapioca options in four varieties of their milk teas. They will collaborate with Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin and Tuxedosam.

     

    All six of these drinks come with a seal tag that can be used as a sticker. You can also get your hands on one of twelve possible pin badges.

  • Strawberry Latte Bubble Tea Arrives at Newly-Opened TP TEA in Ikebukuro

    07.March.2019 | FOOD

    Tea shop TP TEA will open its third branch inside Ikebukuro’s Tobu Department Store on March 20, 2019. The brand is opened by Chun Shui Tang, a Taiwanese bubble tea company.

    Connected directly to Ikebukuro Station, its convenient access means plenty of people can enjoy the store’s all-new Tapioca Strawberry Latte and Tapioca Strawberry Soft Serve Ice Cream. And to celebrate the new branch, the first 200 people to arrive on on each day between March 20-22 will receive a cherry blossom themed TP TEA original drink holder.

    The Tapioca Strawberry Latte is a blend of carefully selected Jasmine tea and strawberry, milk foam, and chewy tapioca balls. The new ice cream too combines sweet strawberry and milk and bitter Jasmine tea for a mix of sweet and sour. It too is served with a generous amount of delicious tapioca balls.

     

    TP TEA will sell over 50 drinks made with high quality teas and tapioca, such as their classic Tapioca Milk Tea, the Japan-only Tapioca Matcha Latte, and many more.

     

    If you love tapioca then be sure to pay TP TEA a visit.

  • Food Review: Seahorse Bubble Tea at Sin an ju in Front of Harajuku Station

    22.February.2019 | FOOD

    Hey, everyone. Midori here again from the MMN Editorial Team.

     

    The bubble tea boom in Japan is still rife. Harajuku in particular has become a war zone with new bubble tea shops opening all the time. Si an ju is one of them and it has become popular for its delicious drink selection so I went to try it out myself!

    Si an ju is located just in front of Harajuku Station. Bubble tea shops in Harajuku tend to open along Cat Street or in Ura-Harajuku. Surprisingly there was even one in front of the station so it’s safe to say bubble tea life is making progress.

    To get there, exit from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit, cross at the traffic lights. Turn left and you’ll be able to see the outdoor shop sign.

    Also beyond that is Cafe Yolum, a South Korean cafe.

     

    Related Article: Cafe Yolum: The Popular & Pretty Pink South Korean Cafe in Harajuku

    At the storefront is a huge and airy bubble tea monument. Now I’m getting excited!

    There are several tables inside for customers to sit down, relax and enjoy their beverages, but not many.

    The menu is fairly big and they even have options without tapioca balls. The Blue Lagoon drink sounds interesting, it has a mysterious colour.

    On my visit thought I ordered the shop’s recommended Brown Sugar Bubble Milk.

     

    The sauce in the cup is a brown sugar sauce which together with the decorative seahorse makes it look like a coral reef. Very beautiful!

    The sauce is collected at the bottom and sinking around the sides so be sure to give the drink a good mix before drinking. Compared to other bubble teas the tapioca look pretty big. They might be almost as big as the thickness of the straw.

     

    Time to drink!

     

    It’s pretty sweet-tasting. It’s sweet even for me who orders their bubble tea with the maximum sugar option. But it’s not an overpowering sweetness – the brown sugar has a refreshing sweet flavour. The tapioca balls are large and so are filling

    The brown sugar sauce will fall and mix into the drink as you sip so it’s best to take a photo right away.

     

    I visited the shop at the same time as they opened so I was able to buy my drink without waiting, but if you go on the weekend in the afternoon the lines can get pretty long, so it might be an idea to go earlier.

     

    A lot of bubble tea shops open at 11:00am but Sin an ju opens at 10:00am so I recommend going there if you’re in Harajuku early in the morning when no others are open!

     

    I also highly recommend it for people who like chewy tapioca balls. Be sure to pay them a visit.

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    Comes with an A2 Poster

      

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    Following up from the opening of their Shinjuku branch back in 2016, BEAMS JAPAN has announced that it will open a second branch in Shibuya on December 5, 2019. It will be found inside the new Shibuya FUKURAS which is also set to open beside Shibuya Station to this December.

    Shibuya-Exclusive Field Watch – ¥15,000 (Before Tax)

    BEAMS JAPAN Shibuya is set to be the second hub for BEAMS “TEAM JAPAN,” a project which aims to build a community around the brand and promotes products made in Japan. Opening with a completely original line focused on “super basic” clothing, it is sure to be a welcome addition to the streets of Shibuya―one of Japan’s leading districts when it comes to Japanese fashion and culture.

    BEAMS JAPAN Hachiko Logo Long T-Shirt – ¥7,800 (Before Tax)

    Scramble Crossing/Traffic Safety Caps – ¥5,800 Each (Before Tax)

    The new store will stock a whole range of different clothing items, including attire exclusive to the branch such as the above-pictured caps and watch inspired by Shibuya;s tourist sites like the Scramble Crossing and Hachiko statue.

  • Experience Art and the Japanese Tea Ceremony Come Together at hotel koe tokyo’s Private Lounge

    14.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    “hotel koe tokyo” isn’t your everyday normal hotel. Developed and produced by “koe,” the hotel brings together fashion, music, cuisine, and a luxury accommodation experience. In line with DESIGNART TOKYO 2019, the hotel has announced it will hold a reservation-only event entitled “DESIGNART TOKYO 2019: Tea ceremony by artless+asahiyaki” at its third-floor private lounge on October 19 and 20.

    Asahi ware is a type of Japanese pottery originating in Uji, Kyoto almost 400 years ago. Hosai Matsubayashi is the 16th generation master of this long-running workshop, known as Asahiyaki, and he’s set to collaborate with Shun Kawakami, an artist and art director of global branding agency artless Inc. The collaboration is being held to promote Japanese culture not only to the people of Japan but those overseas too, and “hotel koe tokyo” is the perfect place to do it due to the huge number of foreign visitors that stay at the hotel.

    The two of them have taken the traditional Japanese tearoom and have put a modern spin on it. Normally, this private lounge of the hotel is only usable by guests staying there, but this reservation-only event will grant exclusive access to all. It brings together Japanese tea and art in the form of a special tea-making course. Attendees will follow Hosai Matsubayashi’s instructions and prepare their own tea. During the session, both Matsubayashi and Kawakami will give talks on their work while you enjoy your tea.

    Take advantage of this special occasion to learn about the beauty of Japanese tea.

  • Wear Plain Clothes This Halloween at Shibuya’s Jimi Halloween 2019 Event

    13.October.2019 | FASHION

    Worried about what to wear for Halloween this year? No need to panic. If you’re spending your Halloween in Shibuya this year, which is known the world over for its incredible Halloween festivities, then head to Tokyo Culture Culture on October 27 where a very unique event is taking place.

    Jimi Halloween is an event that takes out the stress of having to go all out for Halloween as people go dressed as ordinary people. It has been held annually since 2014, with the number of attendees growing each year. Over 800 people took part last year, all clad in their plain clothes.

     

    This year’s event will be split into three slots, with a capacity of 200 people per slot. Sign-ups begin on October 15 at 12:00pm (JST).

     

     

    Past Examples

    ①Situational attire

    Beauty salon client

    Dressing up as someone doing something has been a popular choice at the event recently. You can come up with some creative ideas that’ll make people say, “You came as that?!”

     

    ②”I’ve seen people like that!” attire

    Flea market woman

    There’s always certain types of people that everyone sees, and in Japan this is one of them!

     

    ③”I get it, but I don’t get it” attire

    Hawaii vibe  uncle

    You’ve heard all about them, but have you seen them?

     

    ④Work attire

    Handing out tissues with pachinko ads on them

    Work attire is a go-to at the plain clothes event. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is the one that started the entire movement.

     

    ⑤Miscellaneous attire

    Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

    The final entry is those which are hard to categorise. They serve whatever vibes they are feeling.

     

    Attend this year’s event and show off your own unique ideas!

  • 6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka

    01.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    LEGS COMPANY, LTD. has announced that it will open six Sailor Moon cafes for its Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 event across Japan this year. The opening dates differ from branch to branch, but the first two will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 3. See all the opening dates in the Information section below.

     

    LEGS held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.

     

    This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept.

    The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.

    5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)

    Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)

    Girls Night Out (Chicken Steak Plate) – ¥1,990 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690

    Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Girls Night Out Drinks (10 Flavours) – ¥890 Each (Usagi Tsukino/Ami Mizuno/Rei Hono/Makoto Kino/Minako Aino/Chibiusa/Haruka Tennou/Michiru Kaiou/Setsuna Meiou/Hotaru Tomoe)

    This is just a select look at what’s on the menu―there are many other themed foods and desserts too!

    Acrylic Key Ring (12 Designs Chosen Randomly) – ¥650

    Clear Bag (1 Design) – ¥1,800

    Plate (1 Design) – ¥2,200

    The artwork for select cafe-exclusive merchandise was done by popular creator Etoile et Griotte who makes items for girls who love cute things, and Japanese illustrator Jenny Kaori, who creates cute, fashionable and alternative works.

    Every person who books a seat in advance (¥650 before tax) at the cafe will receive one of the 5 above-pictured ticket holders chosen randomly.

    If you dine at the cafe, you’ll get one of the 4 above-pictured lunch mats chosen randomly.

    And if you order a drink, you’ll get one of the 10 above-pictured coasters chosen randomly.

     

    *All prices are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation

  • Shibuya PARCO: Vegan Food, Bistros, Cafes & More Coming to Shibuya’s New Shopping Complex

    26.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Shibuya PARCO is a new shopping complex that will have its grand opening on November 22, 2019. The site will have two restaurant floors: the CHAOS KITCHEN on B1F and RESTAURANT SEVEN on 7F, each with their own concepts. Collectively, both areas will house 37 different restaurants. We have listed some of the most interesting looking ones.

     

    CHAOS KITCHEN (B1F)

    The CHAOS KITCHEN restaurant floor is inspired by “Food, Music & Culture,” with restaurants and shops based around this concept. Check out some of this floor’s restaurants below.

     

    Äta’s

    Managed by the popular bistro Ata in Daikanyama, Äta’s aims to be a “Shibuya-style bistro.” Pizzas are cooked fresh before you in deck ovens, and the restaurant also offers takeout options too like boiled gyoza, shrimp noodles and more. The restaurant brings together Shibuya’s diverse culture into an all-new bistro.

     

    Udon Oniyamma

    The main branch of Udon Oniyamma is located in Gotanda, an eatery which enjoys long lines of customers every day. This will be its first branch inside a shopping complex. The restaurant takes Japan’s main fast food ingredient―udon noodles―and serves them as both cheap and delicious as possible. They will serve their regular menu as well as some menu items exclusive to this branch.

     

    Kome to Circus

    Kome to Circus is a popular sake bar, serving a range of unique foods from a variety of game to insects, the latter of which are high in nutritional value. The Shibuya PARCO branch will also have desserts made with insects as well as a cafe “Bugs Cafe” cafe menu.

     

    RESTAURANT SEVEN (7F)

    Upstairs in Shibuya PARCO is the RESTAURANT SEVEN restaurant floor, featuring a line-up of establishments that will be enjoyed by both Japanese people and the increasing number of overseas visitors alike.

     

    Matsuo Jingisukan

    Matsuo Jingisukan has become a much-loved place to eat out amongst the people of Hokkaido, as it serves a very particular Hokkaido soul food: jingisukan, a grilled mutton dish. This new restaurant branch will serve the dish in an entirely new style. They will prepare classic jingisukan, their famous jingisukan rice bowl, as well as original tea blends made with fresh herbs, and more. Experience the real pleasure of the Hokkaido palate.

     

    goo ITALIANO

    The concept of goo ITALIANO’s menu is to serve up real local Italian cuisine. The staff themselves have travelled to Italy and will serve authentic Italian flavours, which aren’t well known to Japanese people, at an affordable price. The Paccheri Pomodoro, which has the delicious flavour of Naples in it, and the Focaccia di Recco, which is loved in Genoa, are representative of this. You might even find Italian dishes you’ve never had before!

     

    FALAFEL BROTHERS

    FALAFEL BROTHERS is a vegan restaurant with a menu full of healthy, hearts, and vegetable-packed dishes. Their menu is centred around falafels, but they also serve cakes and drinks too. They also have limited-time sweets as well as a takeout option.

     

    This is just a small glimpse of what’s to come when Shibuya PARCO opens on November 22. Make sure to put it on your must-visit list when travelling to Tokyo.

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