6 Must-Visit Little-Known Good Cafés in Omotesando

15.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Omotesando―The hub for the latest trends and fashion in Japan, home to iconic landmark stores and sites aimed at the country’s youth to cafés and restaurants that make you feel like a celebrity. Weekends are an especially busy time in the high-end avenue of Omotesando where shops and streets bustle with lines of locals and tourists out on shopping sprees.

 

Today we are joined by Japanese Instagrammer omao who’s in-the-know when it comes to cafes, something you can tell with just one glimpse of their page. For those of you who are left wondering where to stop off for a coffee break or some lunch during your visit to the Omotesando and Harajuku area, omao is here to show you some stylish and little-known good spots.

 

Bread, Espresso &

At Bread, Espresso &, you can enjoy some seriously bread and coffee. This café and bakery offers both dine-in and takeout services. It’s tucked away from the main street just a 5-minute walk from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit.

 

On my visit this time, I ordered several different bread options. Everything looked so delicious that I felt spoiled for choice!

 

Red bean butter. There’s no way on earth that could ever be unappetising. The pastry is super soft. Each individual order is packaged in its own bag which left a good impression with me in the hygiene department.

 

Bread, Espresso &

Address: 3-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Business Hours: 8:00-20:00

No Fixed Holidays

Website: http://www.bread-espresso.jp/

 

 

CHAVATY

CHAVATY is a café specialising in milk tea. This one is also within just 5-minutes walking distance from the A2 exit of Omotesando Sation.

 

When I took this photo I ordered the tea latte and scone set. When you order an iced tea latte it comes in a cute bottle, but it was hot on this day so I got it hot. What surprised me from the get go was hot big the drink is! It’s hugely satisfying, you really get your fill.

 

The houjicha latte I tried once was tasty too, but I was interested in the uva milk tea this time around. The scones were scrumptious as well! I particularly liked the honey-like fruit that comes with them.

 

CHAVATY

Address: Minami-Harajuku Bldg. 1F, 4-6-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Business Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)

No Fixed Holidays

Information: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130602/13224245/

 

 

montoak

montoak is a suspicious-looking building just an 8-minute stroll from Harajuku Station. It’s my favourite spot; I’ve been here so many times.

 

The menu is delicious and there are lots of seats. My weakness is the Gorgonzola cheesecake.

 

▼montoak

Address: 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Business Hours: 11:00-03:00

No Fixed Holidays

Website: https://www.montoak.com/

 

 

LATTEST

Another 5-minute stroller from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit is LATTEST which I place in my top three favourite cafés in Omotesando. It can be a little hard to find, but it’s a lot bigger than I thought.

 

I experienced their seasonal rose mocha. Simply amazing! Milk foam is just what I like. It’s smooth and moist, and there’s not a lot of it so it’s not heavy. I like the coffee beans they use too. Cafés that have tasty mochas are just the best, right?

 

▼LATTEST

Address: LATTEST 1F, 3-5-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Business Hours: 10:00-19:00

No Fixed Holidays

Website: http://www.lattest.jp/

 

 

The Local Coffee Stand

The Local Coffee Stand is sandwiched in the middle of Shibuya and Omotesando and about an 8-minute walk from Omotesando Station.

 

Their lattes are so, so good! First up, the foam is plump, and the sweetness of the milk really stands out. And the espresso, although it’s full-bodied, isn’t bitter and mixes deliciously with the milk. The coffee beans and food are both high-quality like that of a select shop, so I wanted to try eating and drinking everything they had.

 

I recommend the macadamia cookies. They have an eggy fragrance and are just mouth-watering.

 

I pretty much liked everything about this place.

 

The Local Coffee Stand

Address: 2-10-15 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

Business Hours: Weekdays 8:00-20:00 / Weekends 9:00-19:00

No Fixed Holidays

Website: http://thelocal2016.com/

 

 

Franze & EVANS London

This is a popular Italian cafe-deli based in London. It’s located away from the busy main street and can be reached in just 3-minutes from exit A3 of Omotesando Station.

 

During those awkward times when you want to eat a salad but want to eat cake too then this is the place you need to go. Their carrot cake is truly amazing, as is their salad. All the cakes they sell just seem to sparkle before you that it’s nearly impossible to pick just one. The lemon cake caught my attention too…

 

It doesn’t need to be said how great everything tastes, but the portions need to be mentioned as they are nice and hearty, and I love this place because of it.

 

▼Franze & Evans London

Address: Franze & Evans London 1F, 4-9-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Business Hours: [Mon-Sat] 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / [Sun & Holidays] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)

No Fixed Holidays

Website: http://www.franzeevans.jp/#/

 

 

Did you enjoy these picks? omao has plenty of other recommendations and photos of coffee and desserts over on their Instagram page. If you’re stuck for choice on what café to visit while in the city then be sure to follow them on Instagram.

 

Photo & Text: omao

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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  • Disney’s Aladdin Themed Cafe Opens Inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

    20.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Aladdin opened was released in Japan on June 7. To celebrate its release, two themed cafes were by OH MY CAFE in Tokyo and Osaka.

    The Tokyo cafe opened at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku on June 14 and the Osaka one at kawara CAFE & DINING on June 15. Both will run until July 15.

    The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team visited the Omotesando cafe with Japanese model Kanako to report on the cafe’s decor and design and food.

    The first thing to catch your eye when you enter is Jasmine’s gorgeous and intricate dress. Photos with the dress are permitted.

    Hanging from the cafe ceiling is an assortment of magic lamps while carpets are draped across the wall. Kanako went dressed up like Jasmine to enter this Aladdin-inspired world.

    There are plenty of places to take great photos throughout the cafe, such as these Jasmine silhouettes illustrated on pillars.

    Jasmine & Dalia’s Colorful Pasta: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    Magic Carpet’s Special Sandwich Wrap: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    The food of course is also based on the film. The menu includes a delicious and faithful line-up from the curry inspired by the magic lamp to Carpet’s sandwich wrap and a colourful pasta dish decorated with Jasmine and Dalia. It’s safe to say everything on the menu is Instagram-worthy.

     

    Kanako ordered the pasta dish. She gave it a rave review, saying, “It’s colourful and cute. It’s cute it has Jasmine and Dalia too♡” We recommend this dish for those who want to eat something light.

    Rajah’s Orange Smoothie: With Coaster ¥1,690 (Before Tax), Without Coaster ¥750 (Before Tax) / Genie’s Yogurt Smoothie: With Coaster ¥1,690 (Before Tax), Without Coaster ¥750 (Before Tax)

    For drinks, enjoy the tiger-striped Rajah orange smoothie or the blue Genie yogurt smoothie. Both are super refreshing and perfect for the summer heat.

    The cafe also sells exclusive original merchandise including key rings, an iPhone case and much more. Visit the cafe to see the full line-up.

    There are also two lunch mats you can get your hands on by booking a table in advance. The design is chosen for you randomly. So if you’re planning a trip, don’t forget to reserve in advance.

     

    How did you enjoy your visit, Kanako-chan?

    “They had Jasmine’s dress on display. I felt like I had been sucked into the world of Aladdin. If you love Aladdin or you love Disney, please be sure to pay a visit.”

     

    Whether you have seen or have yet to see Disney’s new Aladdin movie, if you’re in Tokyo or Osaka this summer, don’t miss a chance to enter its romantic and oriental world at the official themed cafes.

     

    ©Disney

     

    Model: Kanako

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Espresso, Tapioca & Other Adult-Oriented Shaved Iced Flavours This Summer at Omotesando Hills

    03.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Eleven cafes and restaurants at Tokyo’s shopping complex Omotesando Hills will serve various “adult-oriented” shaved ice desserts from June 14 to August 31. The limited run is a continuation of last year’s adult flavoured shaved ices, but this year more establishments are climbing aboard.

     

    Check out these 5 flavours that are a must-try this summer.

    Frozen Milk Black Tapioca & Mango Shaved Ice: ¥1,404 (Tax Included) @ Kageyamarou (Floor 3F)

    *Limited to 20 per day

    Kageyamarou are whipping up a fluffy, Taiwan-style shaved ice seeped in the sweet taste of mango and topped with fresh mango pieces. Accompanying on the side are big chewy tapioca pearls as well as a mango purin.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-21:00 (Except 16:30-17:30) *Serving until all 20 orders have sold.

    Chai-Style Shaved Ice w/ Homemade Dates, Dried Fruits & Rum: ¥1,080 (Tax Included) @ Cosme Kitchen Adaptation (Floor B2F)

    This shaved ice is made in the image of chai tea. It contains agar of dates―a superfood―and vitamin C-packed berries making this a great choice for those looking to look and stay healthy. It contains alcohol but can be ordered non-alcoholic. For an additional ¥216 (Tax Included) it also comes with hot or iced tea.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

    Hokkaido Yamakawa Nouen’s Yamakawa Wasabi & Watermelon Shaved Ice: ¥1,512 (Tax Included)

    @ Yasaiyamei (Floor 3F) *Limited to 30 per day

    Yasaiyamei and bringing back this delight again which was popular last year. Served in a real watermelon, this upgraded version is packed with sweet watermelon and Yamakawa Wasabi made by Yamakawa Nouen in Hokkaido for a fiery punch. It comes with an original blend herb tea served hot.

     

    Serving Time: 15:00-22:00 (Except 16:00-17:00. Until 21:30 on Sundays) *Serving until all 30 orders have sold.

    Hazelnut & Espresso Granita: ¥1,296 (Tax Included) @ Fratelli Paradiso (Floor 3F) *Limited to 15 per day / Contains alcohol

    Sat on top of a dollop of ice cream is a rich and bitter espresso granita steeped in Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. This Italian-style shaved ice recreates the granita, a semi-frozen dessert with origins in Sicily.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

     

    Daisy Mandarin Shaved Ice: ¥1,728 (Tax Included) @ 37 Roast Beef (Floor 3F) *Limited to 20 per day / Contains alcohol

    This citrus-packed shaved ice contains daisy mandarins, marmalade sauce and an orange liqueur for a refreshing and bitter mix. It’s also topped with crunchy meringue made with coconut oil.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-22:00 (Except 16:30-17:30 on weekends and holidays)

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this summer, be sure to plan a trip to Omotesando Hills to try them.

  • Popular Bean to Bar chocolate shop Dandelion Chocolate opens in Omotesando!

    17.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    There’s always a queue outside Bean to Bar chocolate specialist shop Dandelion Chocolate, Kuramae. Dandelion Chocolate has just opened in Omotesando with a new concept!

    Kuramae’s Bean to Bar chocolate specialist shop Dandelion Chocolate has opened in Omotesando with a new concept ー they sell chocolate, desserts, drinks and much more. Each one of these sweet treats is of a single origin that you can enjoy in the same area as it was produced. If you take a seat inside the cafe and order from the cade menu, you will receive a marshmallow!♡

    The cacao fruit smoothie is made from the exotic cacao fruit. If you break through a husk of cacao fruit, the insides are white. I bet there’s barely anyone out there who’s tried the hidden fruit of cacao!

    There are three kinds of chocolate eclair. Each chocolate is made with specially selected and prepared ingredients to fully embrace the unique origin of the chocolate and enhance its flavours. The flavors are; Zorzal Comunitario Dominican Republic​, Maya Mountain Belize andCahabon Guatemala!

    They also serve Omotesando-limited soft serve ice cream such as chocolate, the delicious and nutritious nibu milk, and mix! Please come try them!

     

    They also serve Omotesando-limited soft serve ice cream such as chocolate, the delicious and nutritious nibu milk, and mix! Please come try them!

  • Feast On High Quality Wagyu Meat at Omotesando Hills

    26.April.2019 | FOOD

    Ten restaurants in Omotesando Hills are set to serve up their own individual “ultra meat” dishes from April 26 to May 31. Each meal is aimed at meat lovers and serves to showcase each restaurants’ abilities and appeal.

     

    Domestic Wagyu Beef Topped With Uni & Ikura: ¥2,484 (Tax Included)

    Tsukiji Tama Sushi Sasashigure (Floor 3F) ― Serving 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    This luxurious sushi is the ultimate fusion of meat and seafood-a combination which has been incredibly popular in recent years. The rich grilled Japanese wagyu beef sits atop a bed of perfectly cooked rice and is topped with sea urchin eggs and salted salmon roe.

     

    Japanese Black Hirekatsu Sandwich: ¥4,860 (Tax Included)

    GOLDEN BROWN (Floor 3F) ― Serving 14:00-22:00 (From 15:00 on Sundays / Last Orders 21:00)
    A sumptuous cutlet sandwich made from A4 grade Japanese black wagyu. The beef comes from cows raised in a lavish natural environment in Kyushu. The sandwich contains 180g thickly-cut meat cooked to a juicy rare, a perfect accompaniment to the fluffy bread and a must-try for any meat lover.

     

    Charcuterie Assortment: ¥1,944 (Tax Included)

    bar à vin PARTAGER (Floor 3F) ― Serving 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    This assortment of French-farmed meat is coupled with a side dish of the day. The food selection changes each day and is best enjoyed with a glass of wine.

     

    Japanese Black Wagyu & Amela Tomato Black Chinese-Style Fried Rice: ¥2,138 (Tax Included)

    KAGEYAMAROU (Floor 3F) ― Serving 11:00-15:30 / 17:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    A hearty bowl of Chinese-style fried rice packed with Japanese black beef. The rice soaks up the delicious flavour of the meat and is enjoyed together with the fruity sweet Amela tomatoes and a grind of black pepper.

     

    Palma Prosciutto, Jamón Serrano & Jamón Ibérico Plate: ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    WINE SHOP ENOTECA & BAR (Floor 3F) ― Serving 11:00-21:30 (Last Orders 20:30)
    A selection of hams to taste and compare that all go well with wine. Enjoy the different flavours of each region the ham was farmed in.

     

    Specially Selected Hire & Foie Gras Poêlé in Truffle Sauce: ¥4,298 (Tax Included)

    Spätzle CAFE & WINE (Floor B3F) ― Serving 14:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
    Only 5 of these 200g dishes of specially selected Rossini-style beef are served per day. They are topped with A-grade foie gras from Hungary and coated in a rich truffle sauce.

     

    As Japan draws closer to the beginning of its new Reiwa era, use this special opportunity to treat yourself to a menu of tasty meat delights.

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  • Tokyo’s New Skin Care Concept Shop SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS to Open in Omotesando

    18.May.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS is the debut concept shop by Japanese beauty company ORBIS, and it’s set to open in Omotesando this summer. The shop’s teaser website opened on May 13 where information on its conception, special content, interviews with the company’s partners, and more will roll out in the run up to the grand opening.

    ORBIS established themselves in 1984, and in 1987 launched their mail-order service. Since then, their mission has been to “create a world filled with people who are true to themselves, think positively, and lead lives of beauty.” They believe in the beauty each of us has inside them and want to unlock its full potential.

     

    SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS aims to have people learning about their own skin and to unlock its full potential. “Feel,” “Learn,” and “Take” are the keywords of the concept shop.

    The shop’s creative directors are Hisato Ogata, who is a designer and innovator at takram, and Momo Kudo of Tokyo-based architecture and interior design studio MMA Inc. They are also supported by George Amano of GEORGE CREATIVE COMPANY.

    SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS has two floors. On the first floor, customers are free to test various products as well as learn about the correct way to look after their skin. The second floor offers skincare treatments, workshops, and various private events. You must be a member on the shop’s official app and book in advance for the second floor services.

     

    If you’re strolling around the Harajuku and Omotesando area this summer, pop into SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS and learn all there is to know about proper skin care.

  • Harajuku’s Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe Entertains Customers With Projection Mapping

    28.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-,” a cafe in Harajuku whose name speaks for itself, has announced its second collaboration with Rilakkuma to bring the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe which will open for a limited time from April 3, 2020 to June 28, 2020.

     

    The cafe’s first collaboration with Rilakkuma was in December last year. It was called “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” and earned itself many fans for its cute food and decor, but especially for its interactive tables which used projection mapping technology to have Rilakkuma and friends running around people’s tables.

     

    Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456

     

    Fruit is the theme of the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, which follows that Chairoikoguma and the other characters have gathered lots of nutritious fruit to fill up the belly of hungry Rilakkuma.

     

    Food

    Rilakkuma’s Fruit Salad – ¥1,590

    Get your fill of refreshing fruit from this fruit salad plate which has Rilakkuma poking his cute face out from behind it all. When you order this dish, you’ll need to touch the fruits that appear on the table to give them to Rilakkuma.

    Korilakkuma’s Apple Cheese Gratin – ¥1,690

    A combination of hot apple and melted cheese, you’ll find yourself addicted to the sweet and sour mix of flavours. Pick lots of apples with Rilakkuma and company with the projection mapping game. (*Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

    Chairoikoguma’s Orange Burger – ¥1,690

    The bun of this hearty burger is branded with Chairokoguma’s cute bear face. But what happens when you squeeze Rilakkuma’s orange? (*Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

     

    Desserts

    Rilakkuma’s Maku Maku Fruit Tree Parfait – ¥1,590

    Korilakkuma’s Maku Maku Strawberry Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

    Kiiroitori’s Maku Maku Peach Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

    For dessert, you have a selection of fruit-topped parfaits to choose from featuring Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori.

     

    Drinks

    Rilakkuma & Friends Maku Maku Drinks – ¥790 / With Glass – ¥1,990

    Warm & Fluffy With Everyone Cafe Latte – ¥890

    Pick between one of the cold beverages, or if it’s a cold day, warm up with a hot drink. Feel warm and fluffy like Rilakkuma and his friends with a warm beverage after your parfait.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise & Bonus Items

    Pin Badges (9 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400

    Acrylic Key Rings (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500

    Get your hands on a selection of original merchandise too, including pin badges, acrylic key rings, and more.

    Stickers (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Coasters (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Book a table online in advance and receive one of four possible stickers. Order a drink at the cafe and get one of the four coasters!

     

    You’re sure to get your five-a-day when you dine at the Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, opening for spring on April 3, 2020 in Harajuku.

     

    ©2020San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • Pompompurin Celebrates 24th Anniversary With Birthday Menu at the Pompompurin Cafe

    27.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is celebrating his 24th anniversary at three branches of the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, Yokohama, and Umeda with a special birthday menu that will be served for the whole month of April.

     

    A special celebratory menu for the floppy-eared golden retriever

    The official date for Pompompurin’s birthday is April 16. The birthday menu line-up includes two food items, a drink made in collaboration with popular Japanese picture book author Yukako Ohde, and some novelty gifts.

     

    Birthday Menu

    Happy Birthday Flower Bouquet Bisque – ¥1,590 (Before Tax)

    This cute bisque soup has Pompompurin and Muffin holding a colourful boquet made from broccoli and mashed potatoes made to look like roses. It has a rich but mild flavour, and is both adorable and filling.

    Happy Birthday Strawberry Mousse – ¥790 (Before Tax)

    The strawberry mousse has a fluffy texture and refreshing, sweet taste. It can be eaten as it is or drizzled with the accompanying raspberry sauce.

    Yukako Ohde x Pompompurin Lemonade – ¥550 (Before Tax)

    Take a sip from this delicious lemonade from a straw adorned with a cute, warm illustration of Pompompurin by Yukako Ohde.

     

    Exclusive Anniversary Novelty Gifts

    Lunch Mat Design

    Customers who dine at any of the three cafes during the anniversary celebration will receive a free lunch mat.

    Coaster Designs

    And those who order the lemonade will receive a coaster with designs illustrated by Yukako Ohde. The designs are different at each branch of the Pompompurin Cafe. You can also receive another special coaster if you spend over ¥1,000 each (tax included) at Pompompurin Cafe Umeda and KIDDY LAND Osaka Umeda. Simply show your receipts at the cafe.

     

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  • mūya: Tokyo’s New Cafe Opening by ‘Bread, Espresso &’ Serving Fluffy Mū Bread

    25.March.2020 | FOOD

    Bread, Espresso & is a cafe chain with 17 branches in Japan, including Omotesando. The company is set to open an entirely new cafeーspecialising in Bread, Espresso &’s popular mū breadーcalled mūya on April 17, 2020 in Asakusa Mizumachi.

     

    Bread, Espresso &: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/254815

    Mizumachi is a new shopping centre also opening on April 17, 2020. It’s near Solamachi in Tokyo Skytree Town, and sits betwixt Kaminarimon and Tokyo Skytree.

     

    Mū is an original bread recipe baked up by Bread, Espresso & that’s made with lots of butter, giving it a rich taste. The word means “soft” in French. When you break a piece off the fluffy loaf, that rich buttery smell fills your nose.

     

    inside the cafe

    The mū loaf is a cube shape, and the interior of the shop has cube designs all over it.

    Customers sit at tables with chairs that stack up like cubes – a unique and original design.

     

    French toast

    Mū is the main dish at mūya, which can be served as it is, as a sandwich, as French toast, or even in a parfait.

     

    When you’re passing through Asakusa, be sure to pop into mūya to try the famous mū bread of Bread, Espresso &.

  • Succulent Strawberry Drinks & Desserts Served Up at GELATO PIQUE CAFE

    21.March.2020 | FOOD

    GELATO PIQUE CAFE branches in Japan began their “Strawberry Fair” on Wednesday serving up drinks and desserts made using seasonal strawberries.

    What is GELATO PIQUE CAFE all about?
    “Desserts for adults” is the concept at GELATO PIQUE CAFE, a cafe brand developed by GELATO PIQUE which specialises is comfy loungewear. The cafe, which has branches in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and elsewhere in Japan, serves comfort food and is interested in the health and happiness of its guests. Their menu is overflowing with ideas, with all options made using only the best selected ingredients.

     

    The enticing line-up is nothing short of kawaii, and screams springtimeーfitting for the season as Japan celebrated Vernal Equinox Day yesterday, the first day of springーwith sweet and sour strawberries adorning their crepes, smoothies, gelatos, soft serve ice creams, and more.

    Strawberry Mille Feuille Crepe – ¥830 (Before Tax)

    Topped with a whole strawberry, this mille feuille-inspired seasonal crepe is made with an in-house crafted strawberry cream, mille feuille puff pastry, and vanilla gelato. The strawberries used are a mix, all grown in Kumamoto Prefecture, including yuubenikoinozomikoiminori, and others. Much love and care is put into growing strawberries in Kumamoto, making them sweet and delicious.

    White Strawberry & Red Strawberry Gelato – ¥460 (Before Tax)

    This two-coloured serving of gelato ice cream is made with sweet-smelling white strawberries and a brand of red strawberry from Fukuoka called amaou. No strawberry lover will be able to resist this pick.

    Strawberry Smoothie – ¥590 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy a cold strawberry smoothie made from seasonal strawbs, milk, and honey. Indulge in the refreshing sweetness of the strawberries, and enjoy the cute pink flavour of the beverage.

    Strawberry Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream – ¥450 (Before Tax)

    Or grab yourself a cone of soft serve ice cream to enjoy the combination of flavours: sweet and sour strawbs and sweet, creamy milk.You can also get a mix together with the light blue vanilla flavour.

  • Shirasagi Coffee: Ehime Prefecture’s Cafe Releases Springtime Cherry Blossom Menu

    21.March.2020 | FOOD

    Shirasagi Coffee, a cafe in Ehime Prefecture, has released a new seasonal menu full of strawberries and cherry blossoms to commemorate the spring season.

     

    Shirasagi Coffee’s logo features a heron, a reference to a legend that says the locals of Matsuyama in Ehime noticed that a white heron healed its injured leg by bathing in the hot springs of Dōgo Onsen, one of the oldest hot springs in  Japan. The cafe was renovated using furniture made from scrap wood from when Dōgo Onsen was built. It’s an artistic cafe that has garnered much attention from both locals and tourists.

    Thick-Cut Natural Yeast Toast

    This thick-sliced bread is provided by Panya Uzu, a bread shop also in Matsuyama, Ehime. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, it’s topped with a cherry blossom jam and mascarpone cheese cream.

    Top: Cream Soda / Right: Cherry Blossom Tea Latte / Left: Cherry Blossom & Strawberry Mint Sour

    This line-up of three drinks are made using seasonal strawberries grown in Ehime Prefecture.

    Sweet Bavarois

    Bavarois is a classic dessert at Shirasagi Coffee, and this one is made using matcha grown in the village of Shingu in Ehime and is coated in a cherry blossom cream.

    Spring Madonna Parfait

    This limited-time parfait is stacked with 12 different ingredients of varying textures and flavours, including cherry blossom, as well as Ehime strawberries, chestnuts, and matcha. It’s the culmination of Ehime’s springtime ingredients.

    Takeout Drinks

    Mini Parfait

    The cafe also serves mini parfaits, drinks and other items for takeout. Pick something out and go and observe the cherry blossoms for Hanami at Dōgo Park.

  • Gluten-Free Vietnamese Bánh Mi Baguettes Sold at the New Bánh mi Tokyo

    20.March.2020 | FOOD

    In Vietnamese cuisine, a Bánh mi is a baguette stuffed with various ingredients and served as a sandwich. It’s a popular meal in Vietnam, and in recent years has seen an appearance in Japan.

    Bánh mi Tokyo opened in Gaiemmae, Tokyo on March 16, 2020. They serve bánh mi with a Japanese taste, and their bread is made from 100% rice flour with no artificial flavourings or purified sugar.

     

    Bánh mi are generally made with lard or margarine, but at Bánh mi Tokyo, they are made with with ingredients with good-quality oil content like rice koji sweet sake and nuts, which give them a richness and creaminess and remove things like trans-fats that are a burden on the body. This also greatly cuts calories and other fats too.

    Mackerel Curry Bánh Mi

    All bánh mi overflow with original flavours, from the chicken-filled “Standard Bánh Mi” to the “Mackerel Curry Bánh Mi” which is made with curry flavoured grilled mackerel, “Five Spice Char Siu Bánh Mi” stuffed with juicy pork belly, and more.

     

    Bánh mi Tokyo also serves high-quality original coffees which are a must-try together with your bánh mi

  • MUUN SEOUL: Harajuku’s Korean Cafe Serving Instagrammable ‘Fatcaron’ Macarons

    19.March.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    MUUN SEOUL is a cafe located along Tonchan-dori Street in Harajuku that serves Instagram-worthy South Korean food.

    Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

    Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

    The cafe sells “fatcarons,” a South Korean-style macaron which have proven very popular with young women in Japan.

    Photo by Taeco @taecostagram

    Fatcarons are larger than the standard macaron. They are topped with things like strawberries, given marble textures, and more to give them a cute appearance. MOON SEOUL serves many different varieties, all of which are standout compared to normal macarons.

    Photo by Sara @__sar310

    But the fatcaron experience at MOON SEOUL isn’t complete without ordering the drink above. It’s strawberry milk flavoured, but the milk is whipped until it’s fluffy, giving it a taste like no other strawberry milk you’ve tried. It also has sliced strawberries inside and on top, so if you love strawberries, you’ll love this.

    Photo by Yuina @popochan726

    You can order your fatcarons for takeout too in a clear takeaway box so you can go have a dessert picnic with your friends, and get a great photo of them all together too.

  • THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA: New Coffee Shop Opens in Fukuoka’s Hakata Ward

    14.March.2020 | FOOD

    Japan’s biggest online coffee publisher Good Coffee is opening a new cafe called “THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA” in Hakata, Fukuoka.

     

    Good Coffee looks to bring together coffee lovers with all kinds of coffee shops. THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA will be their second branch of “THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND” in Japan following the branch they opened in Shibuya, Tokyo.

    Good Coffee provides a wealth of information and the latest news on where to get delicious coffee inside and outside Japan. They have joint sponsorship and manage the TOKYO COFFEE FESTIVAL where roasters from across the country all come together and serve coffee in a variety of ways, host live performances, and more.

    The coffee beans at THE LOCAL aren’t roasted in-house. Instead, the head barista, Yuji Otsuki, personally selects roasts every month from shops published on Good Coffee. This is a rare style of coffee shop in Fukuoka where every month, customers can enjoy a different cup of high quality coffee every month from popular roasters inside and outside Japan from the comfort of Fukuoka.

    The coffee beans used for the cafe’s opening month of March will be drip coffee from GLITCH COFFEE&ROASTERS in Jinbocho, Tokyo and espresso from CRAFTSMAN COFFEE ROASTERS in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi. Events are scheduled to be held at THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA every month where baristas and coffee roasters will be invited as guests.

     

    Find your new favourite coffee at THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA.

  • Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo to Release Butterscotch Latte

    14.March.2020 | FOOD

    Starbucks Coffee Japan is launching a new drinks promotion in Japan on March 13 entitled “New Latte Love Coffee.” The first two drinks in the series will celebrate the 1st anniversary of the coffee wonderland Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo. The drinks are the Butterscotch Latte and Butterscotch Coffee Jelly Frappuccino®.

    Left: Butterscotch Coffee Jelly Frappuccino® – Tall ¥590 (Before Tax) / Right: Butterscotch Latte – Short ¥420 Tall ¥460, Grande ¥500, Venti® ¥540 (Tax not included in drink prices)

    The new beverages incorporate a butterscotch sauce which offers a rich and smooth buttery taste and sweet caramel. Each drink is carefully crafted with a shot of freshly-made espresso, the butterscotch sauce, and steamed milk.

     

    The Frappuccino® version is filled with a Starbucks-original coffee jelly made using the coffee chain’s “Espresso Roast” which goes perfectly with the milk of the cold drink. It’s almost like a dessert in a cup, especially with the addition of the butterscotch sauce.

     

    Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo is also widening its range of milks in line with the new beverages. Soy milk is already a standard there, but now customers can also enjoy oat milk for a limited time, as well as almond milkーthe latter of which will be put onto the regular menu.

    Oat Milk Latte/Almond Milk Latte – ¥Short 390, Tall ¥430, Grande ¥470, Venti®︎ ¥510

    The subtle sweetness of the oat milk used in the Oat Milk Latte goes perfect with the taste of the espresso. A Starbucks-original almond milk is also used for the Almond Milk Latte, adding a fragrant almond taste to the coffee beverage.

     

    Enjoy your coffee with your milk of choice from six kinds: Starbucks Milk, Low-Fat, Fat-Free, Soy, Oat, and Almond.

  • Food Review: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando

    11.March.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team took a trip to Q-pot CAFE. to try out their new afternoon tea experience, the “SAKURA Romantic Tea Party,” where we were treated to a pink kawaii tea party experience. This afternoon tea is available now until April 26, 2020.

    The cherry blossom designed decor and decorations welcomed us to an early spring. We ate in the cafe’s “SAKURA Room” for this review, which takes the Q-pot’s springtime cherry blossom experience to the next level.

    Romantic SAKURA Afternoon Tea Set w/ Drink – ¥2,400 (Serves 1) (Tax Included) *Photo shows tea set for two

    The top plate is beautifully adorned with cherry blossom St. Honoré cakes which are filled with a sumptuous gorgeous cherry blossom cream. There is also peach bavarois, strawberry cookies, and Q-pot CAFE.-original rich, cream ganache-filled macarons. The fallen cherry blossom petals on the plate are also in fact chocolate.

     

    Everything on the plate screams kawaii with the considerate attention that is given to all the little details.

    The bottom plate is the savoury stuff. We have hearty croissants filled with duck pastrami and cucumber that has been dressed with white wine vinegar. They are served with a white asparagus cream potage soup and skewered olives, mini tomatoes and pickles.

     

    The balance of flavours between the top and bottom plates is exquisite; the savoury food refreshes your palate after the sweet treats on top.

    The set comes with a cup of pink cherry blossom tea. Floral and fruity fragrances fill your nose as you go to take a sip, after which your taste buds are treated to the notes of cherry blossom and raspberry. This subtly sweet and refreshing drink is the perfect accompaniment to your dessert and meal line-up. It even comes with a little chocolate petal.

    Romantic SAKURA Mont Blanc Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)

    The pink mont blanc gives cherry tree vibes. It’s made with cherry blossom bean paste cream, rich matcha chocolate, Japanese waguri chestnut, and chestnut cream. When  you fork the fluffy bean paste, you get plenty of chestnut cream and matcha chocolate with it. The sweetness of the cherry blossom bean paste and the subtle bitterness of the matcha go really well together. Q-pot. CAFE offers a selection of original macarons too which you can pick from including strawberry, chocolate, lemon, and melon. We wanted to go as pink as possible, so we went for the strawberry one!

    Romantic SAKURA Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)

    This strikingly gorgeous parfait is topped with cherry blossom cookies, cherry blossom meringue, and more. Its tall beautiful form is built up by a selection of ingredients, including Japanese flavours like cherry blossom cream and houjicha sauce. 

    But what we want to draw attention to is the transparent jelly in the middle of the glass. If you look really closely, it looks like dancing cherry blossom leaves.

    Q-pot CAFE. also has a range of other limited-time menu items, as well as food that looks just like real accessoriesーsomething the cafe is famous for. They also have accessories that look like real desserts, like a sugar cookie or crunchy meringue. Perfect for coordinating a spring look this year.

     

    Make sure to pay a visit to Q-pot CAFE. if you’re visiting Tokyo this spring!

  • Tokyo & Osaka’s Pokémon Cafes Reveal 3rd Line-Up Of Sword and Shield Themed Food

    09.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Tokyo (Nihonbashi) and Osaka (Shinsaibashi) branches of the Pokémon Cafe are releasing their third line-up of menu items in collaboration with Pokémon Sword and Shield which will be served between March 20 and May 29 this year. The second line-up is still available and will be served until March 19.

     

    Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the latest games in the Pokémon video game franchise and were released for the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019. The new menu line-up sees appearances from familiar faces including Pikachu, Eevee, Yamper, Zigzagoon (Galar form), and Eiscue.

     

    *Dish names are translated from Japanese

    Gigantamax Pikachu’s Naughty Octopous Rice Plate – ¥2,178 (Tax Included)

    This hearty portion of octopus rice is made in the image of Pikachu in his Gigantamax form.

    Gigantamax Eevee’s Smiley Hamburger Stew Plate – ¥2,178 (Tax Included)


    A hearty stew made in the image of Eevee in its Gigantamax form.

    Yamper’s Happy Sandwich Picnic Plate – ¥1,848 (Tax Included)

    This picnic-on-a-plate meal features the adorable Yamper, who is served with a tasty salad.

    Galar Zigzagoon’s Crunchy Cookie Tiramisu – ¥1,738 (Tax Included)

    This crunchy cookie tiramisu features a cute recreation of Zigzagoon in its Galar form.

    Ice Face Eiscue’s Shivering Panna Cotta – ¥1,628 (Tax Included)

    As you fork through this cute Eiscue panna cotta, you’ll discover a special and delicious treat inside.

     

    Jump into the video game world of Pokémon Sword and Shield at the hugely popular Pokémon Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka.

     

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