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 Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #12 – ‘J-COOK’ in Gaiemmae

    08.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited J-COOK in Gaiemmae, a place I visited one time while off work which ended up in me wanting to absolutely feature it in the series!

    It’s just a 5-minute stroll from Gaiemmae Station.

    The cafe enjoys lots of sunlight, which is brightened further by all the plants scattered through the shop. The cafes I have visited to date are often a little darker with only a little light seeping through the windows to create a certain atmosphere, and they are wonderful, but this was the first I have ever visited with so might light and so many plants. The air felt clear, adding to the level of comfort in the cafe, perhaps because there are so many plants adorning the interior.

    The cafe also has a space with a slightly more darker light and atmosphere on the left side. I haven’t sat in that area yet, so I think I’ll try it out on my next visit.

    When I come to J-COOK, my eyes always wander over to the marzipan creations (¥450).

    These ones here were actually all individually handmade by the owner’s husband from the early morning.

    If you look really closely, you’ll notice all the dog designs are different. When ordering, get to pick out which one you want, so try finding your perfect pup!

    I had mine together with an iced coffee (¥450). The sweet marzipan is a delicious combination with the bitterness of the coffee.

    I also got some potted cream (¥450). It’s kind of like a Japanese custard pudding with just a moderate amount of sweetness.

    I had mine with a bit of brandy which had fragrant vanilla notes. They’ve had this brandy for 33 years since the store first opened.

    The cream was sensational, and the gentle notes linger afterwards.

    They have a lot of different homemade soups too which are perfect for the coming cold weather. I got the New Orleans-style gumbo soup. It’s spicy with clam and okra in it.

    Relaxing jazz music plays in the cafe while you sit and enjoy your drink and meal.

    J-COOK is a wonderful little cafe run by a husband and wife. When I first came, the wife came and talked to me. She’s super friendly, and although it was our first meeting, she made me feel really comfortable and welcome. She must be full of happiness, which in turn naturally gives people who visit the strength to be positive and work hard.

     

    I reckon their smiles have saved a lot of people.

     

    I can’t wait to visit again!

     

    Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Idol Group Keyakizaka46 Themed Cafes to Open in Harajuku, Osaka & Nagoya

    07.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The new cafe TOKYO BOX CAFE&SPACE will open in Omotesando, Harajuku on November 21, 2019.

    The cafe will serve as a space to promote artists, franchises and more by collaborating with them. For the grand opening, the cafe’s first collaboration will be with Japanese idol group Keyakizaka46 which will run for a limited period from November 21, 2019 to January 13, 2020. The collaboration will subsequently move to Osaka and Nagoya where it will open on November 22 and 28 respectively.

     

    The names of cafe menu dishes below are translated from Japanese.

     

    Cafe Menu

    Break the Cheese! – ¥1,690

    This cheesy pasta dish is made with crispy cheese, the spaghetti is bathed in a rich cheese sauce, and the plate is finished with delicious seafood. Break the cheese up and tuck in!

    Black Vegetable Curry – ¥1,590

    The quirk of this veggie-packed meal is the black colour of the curry. Topped with okra, tomatoes, Japanese mustard greens, sunny-side up egg and more, this nutritional dish is sure to fill your belly.

    2 People Season Pancakes – ¥1,790

    For the sweet-tooths out there, they can look forward to forking into some chocolatey pancakes lathered sweetly in blueberry sauce and blueberry cream. Between the pancakes are fruits and chocolate to create a pancake sandwich, and adorning the plate is more chocolate, fruit, and blue dragées.

    Humility! Kindness! Bonds! Shining Brightly, Keyakizaka46 Parfait – ¥1,690

    Named after one of the group’s catchphrases, this matcha parfait is green which is a colour that symbolises Keyakizaka46. It’s piled with chocolate, macarons, ice cream, warabimochi and more for a truly hearty and mouth-watering dessert.

    Late-Night Herb Tea – ¥890

    During those nights when you can’t fall asleep, there’s nothing better than some refreshing herbal tea.

    Matcha Milk That Stays Hot Even When It Blows In The Wind – ¥890

    Nothing beats a cup of hot matcha milk during the cold weather. Coloured green like the group’s iconic colour, this gorgeous, garden-like beverage is sure to warm up your mind and body.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise

    T-Shirt (White) – ¥3,100

    Acrylic Keyring – ¥900

    Tote Bag – ¥1,800

     

    Bonus Items

    Those who book a table in advance  (¥650 per person, tax excluded) and order something from the menu will randomly receive one of 26 possible trading cards pictured above.

    If you order something from the food or dessert menu, you’ll also receive one of 26 possible signed mini cards, chosen randomly.

    Finally, if you get a drink, you can get one of these 8 possible coasters, also chosen randomly.

     

    This is just a small peek into what’s to come at the cafesーthere are more drinks, dishes and merchandise to get your hands on, so don’t miss out.

     

    *All listed menu item prices do not include tax

    *All listed merchandise items include tax

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

    ©Seed & Flower LLC.

  • Experiencing Japan: Dining at Denkiya Hall in Asakusa Wearing a Retro and Antique Kimono

    25.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers! Banako here again from the MOSHI MOSHI Friends group.

     

    I have a question to ask you all. If you’ve been to Japan, did you ever dress up in a kimono or yukata to go sightseeing? It’s become common to see not only Japanese people, but foreign travellers and tourists clad in traditional Japanese ware snapping photos in the country’s historical locations. Dressing up in a kimono and walking the streets really immerses you in that Japanese spirit and transforms your experience entirely.

     

    I visited kesatokyo in Asakusa which rents out kimono that are somewhat different from the norm, got myself a kimono, and took a trip to Denkiya Hall, a long-standing cafe in Asakusa.

    Denkiya Hall is located along Senzoku-dori Shopping Street which is a 10-minute walk from the Tsukuba Express side of Asakusa Station. The street is quiet and peaceful since it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the station front.

    The kimono at kesatokyo are renowned through the town as they give off cute retro-antique vibes with their combination of things like lace necks, head dresses and berets.

     

    You can get some romantic co-ords which you won’t find with other kimono by matching with your friend in terms of design and accessories. I headed into the cafe excited with my kimono choice which matches the old-fashioned design of the cafe exterior.

    A standout feature of this cafe is that some of the tables have arcade games attached to them. If there’s a free seat at one of them, pick your favourite-looking, slot in a coin and start playing! Be sure to ask the staff to switch it on for you beforehand.

    While gazing through the nostalgic games, I ordered the cafe’s popular omumaki (¥700) and cream soda (¥650) while my friend got hot cakes.

    Stuffed and wrapped inside the omelette is a hearty serving of fried noodles. The noodles themselves are on the thicker side and have a rich seasoning like that from the Showa period. You can also pick between different noodles.

    The cream soda had deliciously sweet syrup and vanilla ice cream inside it.

    Your kimono will match the atmosphere of the cafe really well, so you can take some really great pictures at any time.

    Denkiya Hall opened over 100 years ago and incorporates styles from three different historical periods: Meiji, Taisho and Showa, giving it a nostalgic feeling.

    Another one of Denkiya Hall’s specialities is their boiled adzuki, the perfect treat to warm yourself up as the weather gets colder.

     

    It was fun strolling around Asakusa after our cafe visit, as well as searching for more modern towns like Ginza and Omotesando.

     

    We returned our kimono to kesatokyo at 18:40, right before the final return time. The basic rental plan for one person is ¥6,050 and it even includes hair styling! You can make reservations either via DMs on the store’s official Instagram or by telephone. You’re certain to get a reply on Instagram so it’s recommended going that route. The shop has more details on their plans on their website.

     

    Wearing a beautiful kimono and warming up inside a cafe during wintertime. How does that sound?

  • Japanese Sweets Brand Minamoto Kitchoan to Open Cafe Restaurant K. MINAMOTO in Ginza

    16.October.2019 | FOOD

    Japanese confectionery brand Minamoto Kitchoan will open a new cafe and restaurant called “K. MINAMOTO” on October 19.

    K. MINAMOTO will be located on floors 2-5 at THE HOUSE, Minamoto Kitchoan’s new company building which it just moved to on October 3. The cafe-restaurant’s menu concept is dubbed “Ginza Sunny Fruits.” It takes into consideration how daily fruit consumption has greatly decreased today by serving up a luxurious fresh fruit-packed line-up.

     

    Minamoto Kitchoan is a company that has made full use of fruits since its establishment, including the suikanshuku, a Japanese wagashi confection made of whole dried domestic persimmons. We can trust then that K. MINAMOTO will provide us with our 5-a-day.

    Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Fruit Soup – ¥2,420 (Tax Included)

    Seafood Lemon Cream Fedelini w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    Each and every dish on the menu has fruit, all grown in Japan to ensure the a high level of quality. Since the dishes have fruity flavours, prepping them is simple, and they enjoy the colours and textures of each fruit.

     

    Drinks haven’t been left out either. They are made with fruit purees and syrup, or are tossed in as they are, allowing for maximum fruity goodness.

    Smoked Salmon, Fruit Salad & Potato Galette w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

    Autumn Fruit Almond Pudding – ¥1,760 (Tax Included)

    All the staff at K. MINAMOTO have a wealth of knowledge about the menu and the fruits used in each dish. Their service creates a comfortable atmosphere, and though they are polite they are incredibly friendly, so you can call out to them without worry.

     

    Get your fill of fruit from the all-new K. MINAMOTO, opening October 19.

  • Visiting the Weathering With You Cafe Now Open in Tokyo and Osaka

    10.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE

    LEGS COMPANY opened two cafes themed on the hit anime film Weathering with You in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and October 10 respectively. The cafes will run for a limited time only.

    We paid a visit to the Tokyo branch which opened inside OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE which is only a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station.

     

    The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back on July 19 and has since amassed over 13 billion yen (approximately US$131 million) in the box office. It was seen by 7.5 million people in the first 34 days of its release, and over 10 million after 75 days. Its huge success has cemented itself in the Japanese animated film industry as another monumental masterpieces from Shinkai. The film has also been nominated for Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards set to take place on February 9, 2020.

    While sat in the cafe you can watch scenes from the film on the giant screens while the main songs performed by RADWIMPS play.

     

    The cafe menu features a line-up of drinks, dishes and desserts inspired by the characters and moments in the series, including the chahan set prepared by Hina for Hodaka, the Hodaka Welcome Party Set, and more.

    Teru Teru Omurice – ¥1,490

    This is the dish I ordered to eat. I couldn’t resist how cute it was. It’s inspired by the teru teru bōzu that Nagi makes, a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. The doll’s head is made of mashed potato. He’s sat on a bed of ketchup rice filled with vegetables and bathed in a delicious sauce. This one’s too cute it almost seems a waste to eat♡

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490

    For dessert I ordered another teru teru bōzu treat. This one is made from gyūhi, a type of Japanese confection made from rice flour. Its head is filled with vanilla ice cream, and if you turn it over, you’ll find Japanese pudding underneath, and under that granola. It’s finished with a lining of bright blue lychee jelly around the outside for a hint of freshness.

     

    The cafe offers plenty of other dishes that will leave any Weathering with You fans spoiled for choice.

    Hina’s Handmade Sesame Oil Infused Pea Sprout Potato Chahan Set – ¥1,490

    A chahan set lovingly prepared by Hina for Hodaka. Chop up the spring onions that come on the side and add them to the soup just like Hina does in the film! This is a hearty set sure to fill you up.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. If you’re looking for a healthy green meal packed with veggies then you’ll love this one.

    Clearing Up Weather Tiramisu – ¥1,490

    This refreshing matcha tiramisu is inspired by the scene when Hina and Hodaka reunite, with the sauce representing the sunlight and the cotton candy the rainy clouds. Pour the sauce over the cotton candy and watch the clouds clear up.

    Acai Bowl of the World’s Secrets – ¥1,390

    Enjoy the main key visual of the film right on top of your plate. The mild flavour of the yogurt coupled with the refreshing kiwi is a mouth-watering combination. The colours are really beautiful, too.

    Swirling Snow Whipped Latte – ¥990

    Inspired by the immense snow that spirals around Tokyo in the film, a cup of this whipped cream latte is perfect as a post-meal wind-down.

    Left: The Fine Weather That Day (Grapefruit) – ¥1,690 / Right: The Sunset That Day (Cranberry) – ¥1,690

    These two drinks are for takeout, and are based on iconic scenes in the film, specifically when the turns fine and the sunset. They are served in exclusive cafe-original bottles. Both flavours are sweet, sour and refreshing. Plus, you can reuse the bottles.

    If you order one of the many drinks from the menu you’ll receive one of six possible coasters chosen randomly.

    The cafe has plenty of exclusive merchandise on their shelves too.

    Sparkly Rain Smartphone Case (7/8 Ver. & X Ver.) – ¥3,900 Each

    When you shake these iPhone cases, it looks like the rain is falling.

    Raindrop Stickers (10 Designs) – ¥400

    Don’t you just want to collect all of these cute raindrop stickers?

    If you book a seat in advance (¥650 before tax per person) you will receive one of six possible bromide pictures chosen randomly, so don’t forget to reserve in advance.

     

    Plunge yourself into the world of Weathering with You at either one of these cafes, now running until November 17.

     

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

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Hiroo’s Cafe CANVAS TOKYO Turns Into a Pure White Canvas in New Monochrome Theme

    09.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    CANVAS TOKYO is a cafe and open concept store based in Hiroo, Tokyo produced and managed by BLANCA ASSOCIATION. The cafe has announced that it is taking on a new monochrome theme on October 10 where the entire cafe will be decked out in white like a blank canvas. They will also sell new products as part of the transformation.

    The idea behind this concept is to make the overall look simple while putting great care and attention into the little details. Everything from the cafe exterior to its interior, cups, cutlery and so on have been dyed black and white to give a plain yet sophisticated appearance.

     

    The cafe will also stock a new range of merchandise under the same concept, like coats and bags, allowing the cafe’s stylish look to extend into the outside world too. As well as this, the cafe is introducing some new menu items, including a tea latte, bao, and more.

    Black & White Sweaters – ¥12,000 (Before Tax)  *One size

    Made into a loosely tailored size with wide ribbed sleeves, these sweaters have a design that makes them easy to coordinate, meaning you can pair them with countless outfits.

    London Fog – ¥500 (Before Tax)

    CANVAS TOKYO’s original London Fog beverage is an Earl grey tea mixed with natural maple syrup from Canada, warm milk and fluffy foamed milk, effectively creating a tea latte.

    Left: Fresh Salsa & BBQ Pork – ¥430 (Before Tax) / Right: Coriander & TERIYAKI Pork – ¥430 (Before Tax)

    These Chinese-style steamed meat buns, known as “bao,” are a popular snack item with people around the world. New York and London are known for having several stores specialising in bao.

     

    This is just a small peek into the monochrome heaven of CANVAS TOKYO. To see it in all it’s black and white glory, head to the trendy district of Hiroo in Tokyo.

  • Pink Ribbon Raises Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink Drinks and Pink Ribbon Smile Walk

    04.October.2019 | FOOD

    Pink Ribbon aims to spread knowledge about breast cancer and conveys the importance of breast cancer screening. In order to reach out to more people, Pink Ribbon has released special drinks for the month of October that are dyed completely pink. This limited edition series debuted at Cafe & Dining Zelkova which is located on the first floor of THE STRINGS in Omotesando.

    The White Chocolate Strawberry Cappuccino consists of hot milk blended with white chocolate and strawberry syrup. The beautiful blend creates a pure pink-coloured cappuccino. The Pink Lemonade is a cocktail which consists mainly of refreshing grapefruit juice. Both these beautiful drinks are Instagram-worthy.

     

    Those who order a drink will receive a free book which is full of essential information about breast cancer. There are also donation boxes for the Japanese Foundation For Cancer Research which provides customers with the opportunity to contribute towards research that saves lives.

     

    On October 5, there will be the Pink Ribbon Smile Walk Tokyo event where part of the terrace area will be lit up with pink illumination in order to raise awareness for Pink Ribbon’s breast cancer campaigns. Make sure to get involved.

  • GODIVA Releases New Heavenly Chocolixir Tea and Chocolate Pairing Drink

    03.October.2019 | FOOD

    As the almighty creator of the chilled chocolate drink called the Chocolixir, GODIVA has now transcended to a whole new level with its Tea Magic Series which pairs luxurious GODIVA chocolate with a specially made tea. The fourth and final heavenly Chocolixir drink for the Tea Magic Series has now been revealed to be called the Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami. This is a pairing of GODIVA white chocolate and Uji matcha. A limited number of these will be released for sale from October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019.  

     

    The GODIVA Tea Magic Series is made using the finest GODIVA chocolate. The chocolatier considers the most appropriate tea to enhance the flavour of the chocolate and only uses the finest tea leaves to make the drink. The result is a chilled chocolate tea which is filled with a flavour that will enlighten you. Hojicha Chocolate tea was the first tea of the series and was released on July 1st.

    Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (270ml): ¥602 (before tax)

    GODIVA’s mildly sweet and velvety white chocolate is blended with rich uji matcha tea and then chilled to a perfectly refreshing temperature. A light cloud of whipped cream floats on the surface and is sprinkled with carefully made uji matcha powder. Matcha chocolate sticks garnishe the drink. 

     

    From your first sip to your last, your mouth will be filled with a rich and luxurious matcha flavour. From time to time, your tongue will discover the exciting texture of small pieces of smashed white chocolate pieces.

     

    This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the luxurious flavour of mild white chocolate blended with rich uji matcha. 

  • Embark on An Aquatic Adventure to The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE in Tokyo

    01.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    It has been 30 years since Disney’s The Little Mermaid came to theatres. To celebrate, The Little Mermaid cafe has dropped its anchor in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Hokkaido and will be around for a limited time only.  Curious travellers are sure to fall in love with this world filled with Disney magic.

    As a big Disney fan, curious model Kanako just could not miss the opportunity to visit, so we headed over to Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando (Tokyo) to create a tongue-tantalizing report just for you. 

    The entrance was a treasure trove of exciting 30th anniversary celebratory designs.

    Venturing deeper, we came across illustrations of the exciting underwater world. 

    Seeing all the images of the characters, memories of the film will come floating into your mind. Just how many wonders can one cafe hold?

    There are five delicious meals and five delicious drinks on the menu. Everything was so cute that it was difficult to decide what to order. Time to dive in!

    Ariel Vegetable Pasta with Genovese Sauce: ¥1990

    This dish particularly caught Kanako’s eye. A graceful print made of powdered spices and sauce depicts Ariel gliding through the sea. It went perfectly with the salad. Feel free to take the beautiful paper mat home with you as a souvenir. 

    Cream Beach Risotto: ¥1,990

    This creamy risotto depicts a beautiful beach. Look closely and you will spot Ariel’s most prized treasure: a dinglehopper.  Feel free to take the dinglehopper home with you and add it to your collection of treasure. A layer of shrimp sauce lies hidden between the rice and mountain of salad. Can you spot Sebastian keeping a careful eye on Ariel? 

    Seven Princesses of Atlantica Colourful Tartine Plate: ¥2,290

     This plate of tasty tartines depicts the seven sisters and will send you on an exciting flavour journey. The fruity tartine will fill your mouth with a fresh fruity burst of blueberries and strawberries. Next on the plate is a luxurious cream cheese tartine, followed by a chunky vegetable tartine and finally, a filling boiled egg and potato salad tartine. The tartines are surrounded by colourful sauces such as blueberry sauce, pumpkin sauce and carrot sauce. 

     Sebastian’s Strawberry Smoothie: ¥890 (with themed drink coaster: ¥1,790)

    This yoghurt smoothie is dedicated to King Triton’s royal court composer Sebastian. Mix in the strawberry sauce before tucking in to enhance the flavour. You can also take the decoration on the glass back home with you. 

    Upon noticing the coaster that came with her drink, Kanako’s eyes were sparkling with desire. The drink coaster is a sure way to add some magic to all your drinks at home. Unfortunately, they are in limited supply, so make sure to get one before they are all sold out.

    Next, the curious Kanako explored the merchandise corner. The illustrations on the merchandise have been specifically designed for this special cafe.

    Canvas Art A/B  (two designs): ¥3,500

    Now you can decorate your room with your own collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs.

    Letter Writing Set with Case (1 design): ¥800

    BIC Ballpoint Pen (2 designs): ¥500 each (Flounder/Seahorse)

    The pink-themed gadgets and gizmos are very cute too.

    Spend over ¥1000 (before tax) in the merchandise corner and you will receive a special Little Mermaid 30th anniversary shopping bag. There are a limited number of these and they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we recommend you go to the cafe as soon as possible if you want one.

    This cafe is a whole world waiting to be discovered. Reservations cost ¥500 per person (before tax). Just ordering from the menu will grant you the special gift of an A5 clear file and you can even pick your favourite from 30 designs. Make sure to reserve your spot in advance and get ready to plunge straight into the fun!

     

    ©️Disney

  • Pretty, Palatable and Pleasant: A Purin Expert’s Top 6 Purin Picks in Kyoto

    29.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we have never failed to provide you with the essentials: updates on the best bubble teas around Kyoto. However, today we have a special sweet treat for you. After consulting expert Instagrammer kyoto cafe life tiara, we have compiled a list of Kyoto’s top purin that will fill you with satisfaction and as well as nostalgia. Purin is a type of Japanese custard pudding loved by the Japanese for generations. When it comes to searching for the best desserts in the Kansai region, kyoto cafe life tiara leaves no stone unturned . 

     

    Cafe Yamamoto, Higashiyama

    Pudding (Set): ¥750

    The bitter and fragrant caramel sauce of this purin is to die for. This purin has a rich eggy flavour and is stiffer than a traditional purin. Enjoy your purin served in a silver plate which will fill you with the nostalgia of the retro Showa Era.

    ▼Cafe Yamamoto (やまもと喫茶)
    Address:307―2 Ishibashicho, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 7:00-17:00 (L.O.16:30)
    Closed: Tuesdays
    Official Instagram: @yamamoto_kissa
    Kissa Zou, Imadegawa
    Pudding: ¥450
    The purin here is rich in flavour and garnished with a scrumptious biscuit. It is too cute to eat.
    ▼Kissa Zou (喫茶ゾウ)
    Address: 440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Last Orders: 17:00)
    No regular holidays
    Official Instagram: @kissa_zou
    BAR Tantei, Mototanaka
    Pudding a la Mode ¥700
    This fancy pudding is topped with seasonal fruit, ice cream or even cake. The retro atmosphere of the bar is the perfect place to enjoy a fancy moment to yourself.
    ▼BAR Tantei (喫茶探偵)
    Address: 26 Tanaka Satonouchicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 12:00-17:00,  19:00-02:00
    Closed: Sundays, additional irregular holidays.
    Official Instagram: https://kyoto.bartantei.com
    Takagi Coffee Takashiji Honten, Shijo Street
    Homemade Purin Set: ¥ 800
    Takagi Coffee is known for the unique shape of their purin, which looks very similar to a slice of cake. This purin is slightly stiffer than your usual purin and has a lovely accent of rum which adults love. This is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee.

    ▼Takagi Coffee Takashiji Honten, Shijo Street (高木珈琲店 高辻本店)

    Address: 175 Honeyacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 7:00-19:00 (Closes at 18:00 on Sundays)
    Closed: January 1-3
    Official Instagram: http://takagi-coffee.jugem.jp/
    Salon de thé François, Gion Shijo
    Purin a la Mode: ¥850
    This purin is bigger than you expect it to be. Although the flavour is simple, it will send you on a trip to old traditional Kyoto. This purin is stiffer than usual and sweet with a gentle touch of bitter caramel sauce. This is topped with ice cream and garnished with tangy yet sweet strawberries. This purin is on a slightly more luxurious level which makes it perfect for adults.
    ▼Salon de thé François (フランソワ喫茶室)
    Address: 184 Nishikiyamachi-dori-Shijo-kudaru; Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto.
    Opening Hours: 11:00-22:30(L.O 22:0)
    No regular holidays
    Official Instagram: http://www.francois1934.com
    NOTTA CAFE, Saiin
    Custard Purin: ¥500
    This deceiving purin may appear to look like a cake and avoid jiggling like a true purin would, however, once you take a bite, the rich custard flavour will flood your mouth. The flavour is perfect for those of you who cannot handle very sweet flavours and are looking for something more refined. To fully enjoy your experience, order this purin with the oiri sweets cream soda.
    NOTTA CAFE (ノッタカフェ)
    Address: 37 Saiinkitayakakecho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours:
    Tuesdays-Sundays: 11:30-20:00
    Wednesdays: 11:30-21:00
    Closed: Mondays
    Official Website: http://nottacafe.com

    So, how about it? For those of you who are in desperate need of a sweet fix in the Kansai region, Kyoto café life tiara’s Instagram will swoop in to rescue you.

     

    Research for article contents and photos provided by: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

  • This Week’s Lunch: Peach & Yoghurt at dotcom space Tokyo in Harajuku

    29.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent in order to live a happy life.

     

    Today, I went and got my lunch early ahead of my morning work. I visited dotcom space Tokyo, a café in Harajuku where you can indulge in a laid-back experience.

    ©️photo Takumi Ota

    The café is just a 4-minute walk from the Takeshita Street exit of Harajuku Station. Its atmosphere is so peaceful and related that you wouldn’t believe it’s right next to noisy and busy Takeshita Street. It’s a spacious place with simple and stylish furniture and furnishings. I fancied something sweet this time, so I went and ordered the Peach & Yoghurt bread.

    ©️photo Takumi Ota

    ©️photo Takumi Ota

    The interior decorating scheme is based on wood; you can feel how particular they were about the furniture. It’s easy to wind down at this café due to its spacious interior. It’s common to see workers scattered throughout too. It’s a nice place to leave your desk for a little bit for lunch for a change of pace.

    Peach & Yoghurt ¥680 / Iced Café Latte ¥550

    The bread is piled with a generous serving of yoghurt cream and shiny peach which the light shines on.

    I feel happy just looking at this delicious treat. Just spellbinding!

    I sliced my first piece and popped it into my mouth. The bread is deliciously chewy, and the refreshing yogurt cream and sweet peach filled my mouth. The bread itself is a thick-cut slice and made by Pelican, a bakery in Asakusa. It has a chewy and moist texture you can’t find anywhere else.

     

    The yogurt cream isn’t overly sweet, instead having a more refreshing flavour to it. When eaten together with the sweet ripened peach, the gorgeous mix blends together around your taste buds and melts in your mouth. Depending on the season, you can pick fruits other than peach too. They always have seasonal choices. I’m looking forward to their autumn and winter line-up.

    The iced latte has a slight acidity to it, my favourite kind of flavour. It went really well with the Peach & Yogurt bread. The café is also particular about its coffee bean selection; one of its baristas is noted to be a past “Japan champion” when it comes to coffee. I’ve got to try the hot coffee the next time I visit.

     

    A set meal, burger or the likes would have been good too, but I had my eyes set on a sweet dessert lunch. Getting a moment to chill out and enjoy something sweet made me happy today. I recommend enjoying some autumn fruit-topped bread too as the seasons change.

     

    Today’s Presents

    Apple Juice ¥450

    I’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. I bought them some apple juice, which is poured into a cup with a smiling face on the side. It’s made from 100% apples from Nagano. The straw is made from environmentally-friendly sugarcane.

     

     

    Writer:Sayuri Mizuno(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

  • Weathering with You Anime Film Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo & Osaka

    26.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE / SPOT

    Two cafes filmed based on the hit anime film Weathering with You will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and 10 respectively for a limited time. The cafes are being opened by LEGS COMPANY.

     

    The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back on July 19 and has since amassed over 10 billion yen (approximately US$101 million) in the box office. It was seen by 7.5 million people in the first 34 days of its release. Its huge success has cemented itself in the Japanese animated film industry as another monumental masterpieces from Shinkai. The film has been nominated for Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards set to take place on February 9, 2020.

    The cafes have a beautiful menu lined up inspired by the world of Weathering with You. In addition to the themed decorations set to line the cafes, fans can also get their hands on a range of exclusive cafe merchandise and bonus items.

     

    Menu

    The Most Delicious Dinner in Your Life – ¥1,590

    This dish is a complete recreation of the dinner Hodaka eats in the film which he describes as the most delicious he has ever eaten in his 16 years of living. Enjoy a hearty burger together with clam chowder soup and fries.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. Complete the set together with one of the “Dreamy” beverages from the drinks menu.

    Hina’s Handmade Sesame Oil Infused Pea Sprout Potato Chahan Set – ¥1,490

    A chahan set lovingly prepared by Hina for Hodaka. The soup becomes even more delicious with the spring onions.

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490

    The teru teru bōzu is a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. This assortment includes candy, fruits, and the doll itself holding a cute umbrella.

    Clearing Up Weather Tiramisu – ¥1,490

    This refreshing matcha tiramisu is inspired by the scene when Hina and Hodaka reunite, with the sauce representing the sunlight and the cotton candy the rainy clouds.

    Dreamy Peach Soda – ¥790

    The Dreamy drink is an original beverage based on the drink that appears at Hodaka’s welcoming. The one in the film is alcoholic, but this is a non-alcoholic peach soda. Enjoy together with the Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set.

    Sweet Growth Drink – ¥1,090

    A fruity soda based on the small cat that Hodaka meets in an alleyway and names “Ame” (Rain).

     

    Original Merchandise

    Raindrop Stickers (1o Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400

    Tote Bag – ¥2,400

     

    Bonus Items

    If you book a seat in advance you will receive one of six possible bromide pictures chosen randomly.

    And you’ll also get one of six possible coasters if you order from the drinks menu.

     

    There are lots of other gorgeous-looking menu items and merchandise available in addition to the ones we have shown. If you loved Weathering with You, then be sure to visit one of the cafes!

     

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

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

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