Stone Oven Cooked Burgers Served at New Ishigamaya GOKU BURGER in Omotesando

28.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

Stone oven hamburger chain Ishigamaya Hamburg has opened its first global flagship branch Ishigamaya GOKU BURGER in Omotesando. The restaurant will be open for a limited-period of 2 years.

 

The classic hamburger is made from 100% ground beef, but at Ishigayama Hamburg they serve what is known as the “Hamburg Steak,” a mix of onions, spices, breadcrumbs, milk and other ingredients in the patty. It’s a popular dish in Japan alongside ramen and tonkatsu.

 

We visited Ishigamaya GOKU BURGER to see what a hamburger tastes like at a place that specialises in juicy, stone oven cooked Hamburg Steak.

 

The restaurant faces Omotesando Hills. It’s in the same building as Heiroku Sushi on the second floor. It’s very easy to spot with its big sign that reads “GOKU BURGER.”

The cosy burger joint has a casual atmosphere to it, lit up by its many variations of lamps.

From the big windows you can look down onto the the streets of Omotesando.

 

From your table you can see the large stone ovens which cook the famous Hamburg Steak. The smell is incredible.

I ordered the ¥1,450 Avocado Cheeseburger. It looks really cool with the knife stuck through it. You can choose from three different sauces to coat your burger: Original, Teriyaki and the Chef’s Special. I went with Original.

Time to tuck in! But before that, you’ve got to put on the gloves provided by the restaurant which come with every burger. So what explains why the sauce is served in a separate tray! The fact you get your own gloves is a great idea since it means it’ll keep your hands nice and clean so you won’t get grease all over them.。

The meat is succulent and extremely juicy. The burger juices and sauce blend together to make a really delicious flavour which make you just keep on dipping.

 

The hamburgers are made with red meat that has only a little fat content, with each burger formed by hand individually. And by cooking them in a stone oven it means the burger will cook evenly and all at once, sealing the flavours and juices in even more compared to infrared cookers. The buns too have an amazing taste and are nice and fluffy.

 

The potato fries are round rather than long and thin. They don’t go soggy and go amazingly with the sauce too.

The ¥1,580 BLT Burger looks tasty too, it’s packed full of colourful ingredients.

When you order the ¥1,380 Premium Hamburg Steak Regular Set they pour the sauce over for you, so I had to take a photo. The thick steak is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside so it maintains its juiciness.

 

If you love burgers then you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to Ishigamaya GOKU BURGER to try a burger like no other.

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  • Japanese Food Served American Style at J.S. BURGERS CAFE

    06.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    All twelve branches of the American-style hamburger restaurant J.S. BURGERS CAFE in Japan began holding the “Edo x American Fair” from April 17.

    The fair takes Japanese food connected to Edo like sukiyaki, sushi and tempura and turns them into classic American-style food like hamburgers, sandwiches, popcorn shrimp and more.

    “Sukiyaki” Bacon Cheeseburger: ¥1,380

    The burger is made with an original patty of soft and melt-in-the-mouth sliced beef rib which is covered in a sweet and spicy soy sauce that brings out the full flavour of the beef. It’s topped with sauteed edible chrysanthemums, grilled spring onion and other ingredients that give it that sukiyaki appearance. But it also comes with smoked bacon and Gouda cheese to make it that collaboration between Japanese and American flavours.

     

    Roast Beef “Sushi” Sandwich: ¥1,280

    This sandwich takes soft and fatty roast beef and makes it look like meat-topped sushi. It’s covered in an aioli sauce that’s made with shredded dried plum and beefsteak as well as wasabi for a refreshing kick. Many flavours and textures can be enjoyed with this sandwich, from the beefsteak plant to the seaweed butter. It also comes with a side of fries seasoned with black sesame seed pepper.

     

    “Tempura” Shrimp Fritter w/ Honey & Plum Dressing: ¥780

    A delicious plate of fried shrimp in a special coating that comes with a mayo dip laced with sweet honey and sour shredded dried plum.

     

    “Miso” Clam Chowder: ¥350

    Clam chowder is an American classic, but this one is infused with secret Japanese flavours. The spring onions and ginger give it a flavoursome kick.

  • L’OCCITANE Omotesando: Japan’s First Spa & Cafe Combination Store

    26.July.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    The new L’OCCITANE Omotesando Voyage Sensoriel will open in the Omotesando and Harajuku area―Tokyo’s hub of trends and culture―on July 27. This new concept store is Japan’s first ever spa and cafe establishment where customers can enjoy L’OCCITANE with all five of their senses.

     

    1st Floor: VERBENA CAFÉ by L’OCCITANE

    Nestled in the corner of the first floor is the chic VERBENA CAFÉ where customers are treated to a menu blooming with fresh verbena, an ingredient you don’t see everyday.


    Fresh Verbena Blanc Manger – ¥1,280 (Tax Included)

    Mango Verbena Parfait – ¥1,480 (Tax Included)

    Sweet Tea Float Series – ¥1,280 Each (Tax Included)

    The menu is tied to the seasons, so for this summer, you can look forward to cooling yourself off with the Fresh Verbena Blanc Manger and Mango Verbena Parfait, both made with fresh seasonal fruits, or a choice of one of the refreshing Sweet Tea Floats.

     

    1st Floor: petit Spa L’OCCITANE

    Also located on the first floor is the petit Spa L’OCCITANE which is opening as the first spa attached to a main branch. Their beauty menu covers everything from ageing care to relaxation. They also offer facial treatment services using Immortelle Divine Harmony―the latest in L’OCCITANE’s skincare range―as well as the relaxing L’OCCITANE spa service which is guaranteed to send you off into a beautiful sleep.

     

    1st Floor: VOYAGE SENSORIEL

    The shop will also sell the elusive 86 Collection, a series of fragrances made in collaboration with Pierre Hermé Paris and sold at select stores only across the world.

     

    Additionally, to celebrate the opening of the VERBENA CAFÉ, the shop will also sell limited edition verbena products and kits which can be gift wrapped.

     

    If you’re looking for a little luxury while in Tokyo then look no further than the spectacular new  L’OCCITANE Omotesando Voyage Sensoriel, opening July 27.

  • 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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    27.May.2020 | FOOD

    BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Omotesando, has announced a new collection of limited-edition drinks will be served on the second floor BOTANIST Cafe from July 12, 2020. BOTANIST Tokyo is currently closed but it scheduled to reopen on June 1.

     

    There are three new refreshing drinks to choose from, all of which can be ordered for takeout. From apple mint to grapefruit, each beverage us the perfect accompaniment for cooling you down in Japan this summer.

     

    REFRESH MENU


    Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)

    A combination of grapefruit jelly and fizzy soda water make this one of those drinks that you go “Ahh!” afterwards on a hot summer’s day. There’s also a hint of sweet green apple.

    Botanical Melon Soda: ¥800 (Tax Included)

    This is a smoothie which blends together two types of melon soda and adds melon jelly and a dollop of ice cream. It’s like a dessert in a cup!

    Banana & Avocado Refresh Smoothie: ¥720 (Tax Included)

    Enjoy the sweetness of banana and sugar beet together with the smoothness texture of the avocado in this smoothie which has apple and mint mixed into it for that refreshing summertime kick.

     

    The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.

     

    REGULAR MENU


    Vegan Waffles w/Drink: ¥800 (Tax Included)

    These vegan waffles are healthier for the body if you’re looking for some guilt-free indulgence. It’s topped with soy whipped cream, maple syrup, and fruits of your choice.

    Lemon Cheesecake w/Drink: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    A crunchy cookie base, a creamy cheese top, and a lemon to top it all off. The combination of the salty flavour with the sour hit is a match made in heaven.

    Homemade Rich Pudding: ¥500 (Tax Included)

    An in-house made purin, which is a type of Japanese custard pudding. It’s a delightful mix of rich egg and subtly sweet soy whipped cream.

     

    Customers who spend over ¥4,000 (tax included) on items in the Refresh Series will also be entered in for a chance to win a “Refresh Soda.” The soda is available while supplies last.

  • 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.

  • Freshness Burger Powers Up its Popular Spam Burgers

    13.May.2020 | FOOD

    Freshness Burger released a new limited-time burger on Wednesday called the “Teriyaki Spam Egg Burger.”

     

    Freshness Burger’s spam burgers made more delicious

    Spammy-kun

    The teriyaki spam egg burger is made with the restaurant’s spam burger patty. Out of the menu’s 22 regular items, the spam burger is the staff’s favourite. The new teriyaki version switches the bun to a pumpkin bun for new delicious flavour.

    Teriyaki Spam Egg Burger – ¥490 (Tax Included)

    The patty is topped with browned spam and covered in a specially-made sweet and spicy teriyaki sauce made with koji. It’s also topped with a sunny-side up fried egg, kale, and mayoーand all of this squished between a pumpkin bun. You get the saltiness of the spam, sweetness of the teriyaki sauce and pumpkin bun, and finally the richness of the egg and smoothness of the mayo.

    Spam Burger – ¥420 (Tax Included)

    The spam burger is also served with browned spam which is covered in teriyaki sauce. It’s topped with an egg, shredded cabbage, and tomato for a compact and hearty serving.

     

    Be sure to try the Freshness Staff’s number one spam burger made even more delicious.

  • 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!

  • Matcha Sweets & Mini Tea Ceremony Experience Coming to The Strings Omotesando in Tokyo

    04.March.2020 | FOOD

    Cafe & Dining ZelkovA is set to offer a new “Japanese Tea Set” service from March 3 to July 2 this year which gives customers a mini tea ceremony experience where they can enjoy a cup of matcha and tuck into some matcha sweets.

    Japanese Tea Set – ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Plus separate 12% service charge

    This tea set comes with genuine a nanbu tekki cast iron kettle for pouring hot water and a chasen tea whisk for mixing the matcha powder. Authentic Uji matcha from Kyoto is used which has a wonderfully rich fragrance that reminds you just how good matcha really is.

     

    The tea set also comes with an Uji matcha tiramisu and a rice flour dumpling anmitsu which comes with an assortment of fruits like the setoka citrus and melon, Tokachi adzuki beans, and brown sugar syrup from Okinawa.

     

    Sit either on the sunny terrace or inside with the cafe’s high-end interior design and enjoy yourself luxuriously with a cup of matcha and some Japanese matcha treats.

  • BT21 Cafe to Open in Tokyo and Osaka With a Spring Theme

    27.February.2020 | FOOD / MUSIC / SPOT

    The 6th run of the popular BT21 Cafe is here. The cafes will open at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi on February 28, 2020, and at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space on March 5, 2020.

    BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe has seen five runs in Japan, and has proven immensely popular amongst fans for the selection of original dishes and drinks as well as exclusive merchandise.

     

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space

    Kobu Salad & Baguettes – ¥1,690

    Chef’s Crepe – ¥1,690

    Drinks – ¥990 Each

    “Springtime” is the theme this time around. TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space will be based around a spring party, and customers will be able to order a set menu with food or dessert.

     

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi

    SHOOKY’s Brown Burger — ¥1,690

    TATA’s Very! Berry! Sandwich – ¥1,690

    Drinks – ¥990 Each

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Solamachi’s menu will be centred on the BT21 Baby Series, where all the characters have been turned into babies.

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space – “Let’s Party With You” Original Stickers and Coasters

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi – “BABY” Original Stickers and Coasters

    Customers can also get their hands on some original merchandise and bonus items too. Book a table and receive one of seven stickers, and order a drink to receive one of seven coasters.

  • ‘SAKURA Romantic Tea Party’ is Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando’s Newest Afternoon Tea Experience

    20.February.2020 | FOOD

    Q-pot. has revealed its new “SAKURA Romantic Tea Party” line-up which is set to be served at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, Tokyo from March 1, 2020 for a limited time.

    The cherry blossom pink coloured and flavoured line-up includes a glamorous afternoon tea set, limited-edition parfaits, plated goodies, drinks, and more. “Romantic” is the key word for this beautiful Japanese springtime assortment.

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

    The tall Romantic SAKURA Parfait is layered with a mix of both Japanese and Wesrern flavours, built up delicious with cherry blossom cream cherry blossom petal-laced jelly, houjicha tea sauce and more, all of which is topped off with cherry blossom cookies and meringue.

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

    This plate of delight features a soft mont blanc made with cherry blossom bean paste cream, rich matcha chocolate, Japanese waguri chestnut, and chestnut cream. Q-pot. CAFE offers a selection of original macarons too which you can pick from including strawberry, chocolate, lemon, and melon. Feel the call of Japanese spring with this romantic cherry blossom mont blanc.

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

    Simply put: a colourful pink and romantic afternoon tea set.

    The top tier is decorated with cherry blossom St. Honoré cakes made with gorgeous cherry blossom cream, peach bavarois, strawberry cookies, and rich cream ganache-filled biscuits.

    The bottom tier includes fat croissants filled with duck pastrami and cucumber that has been dressed with white wine vinegar. They’re served together with a white asparagus cream potage soup and skewered olives, mini tomatoes and pickles, creating a truly gourmet addition to your afternoon tea experience.

    Romantic SAKURA Berry Blossom Tea (Hot/Iced) – ¥750 Each (Tax Included)

    There’s also a cute pink cherry blossom tea that can be served hot or iced. It’s made using Q-pot CAFE.’s popular “Flower Garden” flavour which has a refreshing after taste as well as a floral and fruity sweet scent. Added to it is cherry blossom and raspberry flavouring which mixes deliciously with the milk.

    Hanami Party Plan – ¥3,000 Per Person (Tax Included) *Reservation-only

    You can also book a special hanami party plan which adds a sparkling beverage to the afternoon tea set together with a a cherry blossom card and a crunchy meringue. You must reserve for 2+ people, making it perfect for enjoying together with a friend or special someone.

     

    It’s not long until March now, meaning springtime, cherry blossoms, and Hanami flower-viewing is just around the corner in Japan. Why not celebrate romantically at Q-pot CAFE.?

  • Experience a Cherry Blossom Burger in Kyoto’s Famous Cherry Blossom Tourist Spot Arashiyama

    30.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    This March, a restaurant in Arashiyama, Kyoto, that goes by the name CROSS Burger&Beer/Coffee, has announced it will release its new “Sakura Burger” (Cherry Blossom Burger) for the spring season.

    CROSS Burger&Beer/Coffee is a restaurant known for its burgers made with pitch black buns – a result from combining the mixture with bamboo charcoal – which are served on afternoon tea stands. All of their patties are made with 100% domestic wagyu, specifically hiragyu from the town of Tanba in Kyoto. To ensure the meat maintains its high quality texture, it is minced together with shoulder and shank, which also creates great flavour.

     

    The new cherry blossom burger uses a pink bun like that of the springtime flower. It has a chewy texture, and the surface is charred so that the outside is crispy and the inside soft. It also means that the meat juice permeates the bun better, and without making it go soggy. The patty is uses the same hiragyu meat, which is breaded and deep-fried to create what is known as menchi-katsu in Japanese. By doing this, it locks in the characteristic and unique flavour of the meat, as well its juice.

     

    Drizzled over the patty is a homemade tartar sauce with Kyoto-style chopped vegetables pickled in salt as the base. The restaurant chops up the vegetables randomly to leave texture in the sauce, which has a refreshing taste thanks to them, creating a flavour you’ll enjoy until the last bite. The burger is also stuffed with a sunny-side up egg and purple cabbage, the latter of which has a slightly bitter bite to it, resulting in an amalgamation of mouth-watering flavours.

    Order together with a cocktail or soda float to create an Instagrammable photo.

     

    If you’re heading to Japan to visit Kyoto this cherry blossom season, head to Arashiyama to enjoy the sights and a delicious Sakura Burger.

  • Matcha Croissants & Other Breakfast Delights at CHAVATY in Omotesando

    30.January.2020 | FOOD

    If you’re looking for a very special breakfast in the Harajuku/Omotesando area during your trip to Tokyo, then we recommend grabbing a bite to eat at CHAVATY with their new breakfast service.

     

    CHAVATY is a cafe specialising in tea lattes made using high quality tea leaves. The cafe is announcing a special new breakfast called “CHAVATY Morning” which will begin on Sunday February 16 and will subsequently take place on the third Sunday of every month. You must make a reservation in advance, but what you get is indeed a treat sure to delight your eyes and belly, from teas to croissants, scones, granola, and more.

     

    Wake up and smell the coffee, or in this case the tea, with a choice of either uva straight tea or your choice of a tea latte. While sipping on that, you can enjoy a salad, two scones, and the main of this particular breakfast line-up: the matcha croissaint. There’s also homemade granola with yogurt. All of this for just ¥1,180 (before tax) so you can start your morning right.

    The homemade matcha croissants are baked fresh to order, so you can enjoy them nice and hot. Top them and fill them with the accompanying matcha cream for a luxurious CHAVATY-esque morning matcha explosion.

    The granola is also homemade, and served with plenty of acacia honey. The yogurt is made from 100% raw milk, so you get a mix of that refreshing taste of the milk, the richness of the honey, and the sweetness of the granola. You also get a combination of textures too, from the crunch of the granola to the smooth, fresh cream-like yogurt. A perfectly balanced breakfast for your morning.

    Tea Scone Sablés (Uva/Houjicha/Matcha) – ¥280 Each (Before Tax)

    You can also much down on one of the three homemade tea scone sablés, which come in uva, houjicha, and matcha flavours. Perfect with a cup of tea made from CHAVATY’s high quality tea leaves.

     

    Looking for the perfect Harajuku/Omotesando morning? Then head to CHAVATY.

  • Star Wars Theme Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido & Fukuoka

    25.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    With The Rise of Skywalker concluding the Skywalker saga of the Star Wars film franchise, fans are left craving more from the galaxy far far away.

     

    If you’re one of those people, and need a fix before season two of The Mandalorian, which is coming in late 2020, then you’ll want to hit up the all-new Star Wars-themed cafes now open for a limited time at branches of OH MY CAFE across Japan in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka.

     

    We visited the Tokyo branch of the cafe which is located inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. Here’s our report of this must-see cafe for Star Wars fans, a museum-like space chock-full of concept art.

    Ready to greet you as you walk into the cafe is none other than Darth Vader. This life-size recreation of the Sith Lord is really striking, but don’t worryーthough he is realistic, he won’t use his Force choke on you, he only wishes for you to have a nice meal.

    Plastered across the cafe walls are pieces of concept art used during the production of the Star Wars film series.

    Here’s a galactic showcasing of the cafe’s menu. There are 7 food items and 5 drinks to choose from, all inspired by the franchise and its characters.

    <STAR WARS> Far Far Away Galaxy Black Curry – ¥1,590

    A signature dish of the cafe, this black curry features the Star Wars logo which is actually an edible wafer. The space design is bamboo charcoal-cooked rice which is mixed with spicy sauce and topped with peanuts for stars.

    <BB-8> Seafood BB-8 Gratin – ¥1,690

    Fans of BB-8 won’t be able to resist this delicious gratin, served with salad and French bread for a full belly.

    <Yoda> Root Leaf Stew – ¥1,590

    This stew is inspired by Yoda living his final years in his little shack in Dagobah during Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. It’s packed full of vegetables and will no doubt be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

    <R2-D2 & C-3PO> Buddy Burger Plate – ¥1,990

    This set of two chicken burgers comes with an R2-D2 seasoned with béchamel sauce and a C-3PO burger seasoned with meat sauce. You can take the flags home with you too. We recommend sharing this between two people.

    Portion Bread – ¥500

    This is the one I was most interested in personally, because I was curious to know from its appearance how it would taste. It’s the portion bread that Rey tries eating in the film. At first glance it looks crunchy, but to my surprise it was soft with a subtle sweet flavour.

    Lightsaber Drinks – ¥600 Each (w/ Coaster ¥1,300)

    From the left, the flavours are Darth Vader blood orange, Luke Skywalker ramune, and Yoda melon. When you draw your straw from the paper wrapping, it turns into a lightsaber!

    <STAR WARS > Jet Black Coffee – ¥600 (w/Bottle ¥1,750)

    These limited edition bottles of black coffee feature the famous Star Wars opening crawl credits. Which one you get is randomーa must-have for all fans!

    After enjoying some Star Wars food and drink, it’s time to check out the cafe’s exclusive merchandise. There are 13 types of merch in total all bearing artwork from across the film series.

    Folder – ¥350

    I recommend picking up one of these folders made in collaboration with the cafe. It has illustrations of the food and drinks being sold there.

    Tote Bag – ¥3,500

    This tote bag has illustrations of characters from Star Wars and how they are all connected.

    There’s plenty of other must-grab merch too, from music to stationery and more.

    Customers who spend over ¥1,000 (excluding tax) on any of these exclusive items will receive the above-pictured limited edition bag. These are limited in stock so are available while supplies last.

    There’s plenty of places inside for fans to take great photos, so make sure you snap lots.

    Also, if you book a table in advance and order something from the menu, you’ll receive one of these 25 possible A5 folders, so be sure to book before you go!

     

     

    © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

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

  • Food Review: Q-pot CAFE.’s Afternoon Tea in Omotesando is a New Year’s Treat

    25.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    The afternoon tea is the perfect way to treat yourself to a little indulgence as you tuck into tea and sweets in the latter half of the day. It’s something surely everybody wants to try at least once.

     

    Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.

     

    We recently covered the Christmas afternoon tea at Q-pot CAFE., so what on earth could be so special about this option that we just had to report on it?

    2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, and so I was seated in the cheese area based on mice and rats’ favourite food.

    Seated with me at the table was Q-chan, a rat character created by Q-pot. which looks like a real rat eating cheese. The afternoon tea set I ordered is in fact based on this Q-chan character.

    “CHEESE” Afternon Tea Set w/ One Drink – ¥2,400 (Tax Included)

    The joyous and auspicious-looking afternoon tea set was adorned with a golden rosetta, fittingly festive for the New Year.

    The upper tier of the set is plated with servings of no-baked mousse, cupcakes, cherry scones, and lemon-flavoured cream macarons. Each and every piece was a work of art so beautiful they almost seemed a waste to eat!

    The red velvet cupcakes are topped with chocolate cream made in the image of our Q-chan. The flavours were a perfect match with the sweet and sourness of the red velvet and the subtly sweet chocolate.

    The no-bake mousse was in its own league: sensuously smooth and topped with crunchy streusel. Every mouthful was a treat to the senses―delicious with an incredible smell.

    The lower tier was packed full of filling savoury foods including a roast beef, tomato and broccoli croissant. There was also a rich potage made with onions, potatoes and melted cheese, as well as skewered baby tomatoes, olives and pickles which were perfect as a palate cleanser after the sweets.

    Hot “CHEESE” Tea – ¥750

    The afternoon tea set comes with one drink, so you can pick your favourite from the menu, but for an extra ¥100 you can get the New Year’s-exclusive drink: a hot cheese tea made with Q-pot CAFE.’s luxurious “Sweet Weekend” black tea . It has a smooth texture and a gorgeous subtle cheese scent.

    “CHEESE” Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)

    This parfait is also a New Year’s exclusive. It’s made formed of cute orange apricot layers, salty cookies, chocolate sponge, and topped off with cheesecake. Sat on the cheesecake having a munch is none other than Q-chan.

     

    Apricot and cheese is a rare combination, but it results in this parfait being like a refreshing no-bake cheesecake. As you delve lower into the depths of the parfait you can enjoy an assortment of scrumptious flavours.

    Q-chan’s tail is actually shaped like the letter “Q” too, and hidden behind him is a pile of nuts and at either side of him cookies with “2020” written on them. It really is a filling parfait.

     

    It was a very satisfying meal, from the sweets and drinks to the afternoon tea!

    Q-pot CAFE. Happy Bag 2020 – ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    Q-pot CAFE. is also selling fukubukuro in a cute cheese colour. This is the cafe’s first time selling fukubukuro lucky bags with rat motifs.

     

    Award-winning Japanese writer Mizuki Tsujimura also posted a story about Q-chan on the cafe’s website which can be read below in Japanese.

     

    ▼The Adventures of the Little Rat Known as “Q”

    http://www.q-pot.jp/news/2019/12/1159.html

    There are several other fukubukuro lucky bags you can get your hands on too filled with accessories centred around cheese. The items are limited-edition and exclusive and come in ¥10,000 (Before Tax) and ¥30,000 (Before Tax) options.

     

    If you’re in Japan for the New Year, why not spend it with Q-chan and a side of cheese at the Q-pot Cafe.?

  • Indulge in Omotesando This Christmas With Q-Pot CAFE.’s Afternoon Tea Set

    27.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Christmas is almost here, and at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, the festivities have already begun as they begin serving a selection of special Christmas-exclusive menu items. These will be available until December 25.

     

    Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.

     

    I visited Q-pot CAFE. to treat myself to their exciting Christmas afternoon tea.

    Q-pot. Omotesando is a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit. You’ll spot the entrance by its sparkly illuminations as pictured above.

    The cafe is split into seven concept rooms, such as Melt, Chocolate, BisQuit, SAKURA, and so onーso you can pick which sounds good to you and sit there. It also gives a reason to go back more than once!

    The Story of Sweet Kingdom Afternoon Tea Set ¥2,400 (Tax Included/Drink Included)

    The afternoon tea set: an indulgence any cafe-lover craves for at least once. And since Christmastime is coming, you want to enjoy a little treat too, right? Well, this two-tiered set comes with desserts, sweets, and some light food too.

    The top plate includes gingerbread man pops, cupcakes, vanilla panna cotta, and macarons.

     

    The gingerbread man pops are filled with caramel ganache, while the red velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream and made to look like a Christmas tree. The panna cotta is also sprinkled with dragees to look like stardust.

     

    The macarons are strawberry and melon flavoured. The melon one has a particularly rich flavour and contains red melon pieces. This macaron is so popular that there are people who go to Q-pot CAFE. just to sink their teeth into one of them.

    The bottom plate contains some hearty and crunchy  croissants filled with roast beef, mini tomatoes, and broccoli. It also comes with a side of rich cheese soup with onions and potatoes inside.  It’s a great palate cleanser after the desserts.

    Pistachio Cream Tea Latte ¥750 (Tax Included) *Also sold separately

    The drink that’s served with the afternoon tea set is a Christmas-only pistachio cream tea latte.  It’s a latte made with one of the cafe’s original flavoured tea brews called “Flower Garden.” The tea ensures the drink isn’t overly-sweet and leaves it with a mild flavour. It also comes with a holly-shaped cookie. This drink is also available to order separately from the drinks menu.

    The set comes with a special fairy tale-like Christmas lunch mat.

    CHRISTMAS CAKE ~The Story of Sweet Kingdom~ ¥3,800 (Tax Included)

    The cafe is also selling a cake that looks like something out of a children’s picture book. It’s topped with a coconut meringue snowman, gingerbread man, and strawberry Santa. This would make a great addition to a home party.

    Saku Saku Meringue ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Take away some crunchy snow-white meringues too, so addictive you won’t be able to stop after just one!

     

    The cafe is also selling a Christmas collection of their dessert-like accessories too.

    Christmas Tree Cupcake: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    The Christmas tree cupcake features a chocolate cookie-like base topped with a realistic pistachio cream adorned with pearls.

    Strawberry Santa Claus: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    Check out these adorable bright-red strawberry Santas too!

     

     

    Q-pot CAFE. has lots of other Christmas food and accessories in addition to these too, so if you’re in Tokyo anytime from now up to Christmas Day, then be sure to visit.

     

    Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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