Stone Oven Cooked Burgers Served at New Ishigamaya GOKU BURGER in Omotesando
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.
Ishigamaya GOKU BURGER
Address: 5-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: http://www.kichiri.co.jp/brand/ishigamaya/
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.
J.S. BURGERS CAFE Official Website: http://burgers.journal-standard.jp/
L’OCCITANE Omotesando: Japan’s First Spa & Cafe Combination Store
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.
L’OCCITANE Omotesando Voyage Sensoriel
Grand Opening: July 27, 2019
Address: Emoto Bldg. 1F/B1F, 4-29-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Cafe Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://jp.loccitane.com/omotesando
6 Must-Visit Little-Known Good Cafés in Omotesando
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
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.
Address: Minami-Harajuku Bldg. 1F, 4-6-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
No Fixed Holidays
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.
Address: 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-03:00
No Fixed Holidays
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?
Address: LATTEST 1F, 3-5-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
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
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
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
McDonald’s Japan’s Gurakoro Burger Gets New Beef Stew Flavour
27.November.2020 | FOOD
The Gurakoro Burger is a seasonal item added to McDonald’s Japan’s winter menu every year. This year, they are releasing a new rich beef stew flavour on December 2 for a limited period.
“Gurakoro” is a portmanteau of the Japanese words for “gratin” and “korokke,” the latter being the Japanese version of a French croquette. The Gurakoro burgers are crunchy on the outside and melty on the inside. They first appeared at McDonald’s Japan in 1993 and have returned every winter since, popular for its combination of the Gurakoro patty which is filled with creamy ebi, cabbage, a special korokke sauce, and an egg sauce, all squished between a toasted bun.
Gurakoro Burger | ¥340
The burger was created with a new recipe in 2019 that makes the flavour richer. The number of egg yolks used for the egg sauce was also increased, as was the spiciness of the korokke sauce.
Beef Stew Gurakoro | ¥390
This year, McDonald’s Japan is adding a beef stew sauce made with a combination of red wine and demiglace sauce. Added to this is mustard, creating a delicious flavour that goes hand in hand with the creamy gratin korokke.
Gurakoro / Beef Stew Gurakoro
Running: December 2, 2020 – Early January 2021
Available: McDonald’s Japan (Select branches not participating)
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/gracoro/
Sailor Moon Handbags and Accessories Released in Collaboration With Samantha Thavasa
Samantha Thavasa Japan Limited launched a new collection of merchandise last Friday (November 6) in collaboration with the Sailor Moon franchise to promote the upcoming two-part Sailor Moon Eternal anime film which will be released on January 8, 2021 and February 11, 2021 respectively.
The collection features an original line-up of bags, purses, and accessories created by Samantha Thavasa Group. They were released at SAMANTHAVEGA, Samantha Thavasa Petit Choice, and Samantha Tiara respectively.
Each of the bags by SAMANTHAVEGA are nods to each of the Sailors’ costumes with their colouring, ribbons, and more. And they’re not just for show either – they are practical and functional handbags.
Samantha Thavasa Petit Choice has crafted a handful of delicate and fashionable purses for keeping your coins safe.
And from Samantha Tiara is a collection of breathtakingly beautiful accessories including necklaces and a ring, all of which when bought are packaged in a gorgeous box inspired by Super Sailor Moon’s outfit.
The brands have also created a separate series of items based on Super Sailor Moon.
From SAMANTHAVEGA is a collection of stylish bags and a pass case each of which have glitter on them.
There’s also the eye-catching pink leather purses by Samantha Thavasa Petit Choice which are based on the Climax Moon Compact from the anime and manga series.
Samantha Tiara has also created even more accessories and jewellery including two different rings and necklaces.
The necklace and ring pictured above will be available to purchase online only in Japan from November 20.
A Sailor Moon pop-up store is now open inside Samantha Thavasa Omotesando GATES until November 17 where you can get your hands on some of these items. There’s also a special photo spot for taking pictures and giant LED displays promoting Sailor Moon Eternal.
Samantha Thavasa x Sailor Moon Eternal
Release Date: November 6, 202
Sailor Moon Pop-Up Store
Location: Samantha Thavasa Omotesando GATES
Address: 6-5-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Marvel Superhero Cafe to Open in Harajuku This October
29.October.2020 | FOOD
Japanese company LEGS is set to open a Marvel themed cafe for a limited time in the Omotesando and Harajuku area of Tokyo from October 30, 2020. The cafe’s concept is centred on themes such as power, courage, talent, justice, and camaraderie, and will serve up a special menu inspired by the heroes of the Marvel universe.
The cafe will be decorated in all things Marvel, with Spiderman, Iron Man, and Captain America statues stood proud and ready to welcome customers. There will also be a photo spot in celebration of the upcoming film Black Widow which will be released in Japan first on April 29, 2021 and subsequently the US on May 7, 2021.
The menu line-up will be inspired by Marvel’s roster of characters such as Spiderman, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and more.
<Marvel> Paprikash | ¥1,599 (Before Tax)
A paprikash inspired by the one that Marvel demigod Vision makes in Captain America: Civil War. This one’s sure to have you feeling assembled and ready.
<Captain America> American Tomato Pasta | ¥1,7900 (Before Tax)
A Japanese-style napolitan pasta with a tomato sauce that packs a punch to charge up your power.
<Iron Man> Evening Doughnut-Style Bagel Sandwich | ¥1,799 (Before Tax)
A bagel sandwich inspired by the doughnut eaten by Tony Stark under the sunset.
<Captain America> Ramune Soda | ¥1,099 (+¥700 for coaster) (Before Tax)
A bubbly ramune soda for when you’re in need of a power kick, topped with a cherry.
<Marvel> Cafe Latte | ¥899 (+¥1,500 for mug) (Before Tax)
A cafe latte which comes with an original mug.
All customers who book in a table advance (¥650 per person before tax) and order from the themed menu will receive one of the above-pictured face mask cases from seven different designs.
The cafe will also sell a range of original merchandise in several different designs such as the cafe logo, items based on the menu art, art from the Marvel movies, and more.
<Cafe Logo Series> Acrylic Keyring (6 Designs) | ¥750 (Before Tax)
<Menu Art Series> A4 Folder | ¥400, Bandana Handkerchief | ¥800 (Before Tax) *Available early November
<Movie Series> Avengers: Infinity War Postcards (8 Designs) | ¥250 (Before Tax)
Ⓒ 2020 MARVEL
Marvel Cafe Produced by OH MY CAFE
Location: TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando
Address: 6-3-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 29, 2020
Official Website: https://heroes.ohmycafe.jp/
Kawaii Bear Themed Cafe Menu Arriving at Tokyo’s Q-pot CAFE. This Christmas
28.October.2020 | FOOD
Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, Tokyo, has revealed its upcoming Q-pot CAFE. “KUMA”STMAS MENU which is set to be served from November 1 to December 25.
Happy Merry “KUMA”STMAS！
“KUMA”STMAS is a portmanteau of the Japanese word for bear (kuma) and Christmas. The cafe’s cute menu is here to bring warmth and cosiness this holiday season.
Merry “KUMA”STMAS Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)
A sweet assortment cute enough to tug your heartstrings.
Q-pot CAFE.’s pastry chefs take their time to delicately handmake the adorable bear’s baby face oat milk cookie. The cookie is sat on top of a fluffy duvet of whipped cream, berry jam with fresh berries, and a chocolate génoise cake. It’s a sweet and tangy combination of raspberry and strawberry.
The cookie-topped cake is also served with a rich pistachio cream Christmas tree.
Merry “KUMA”STMAS Bitter Caramel Milk Tea – ¥750 (Tax Included)
A warm and cosy beverage to heal your heart, mind, and soul. This baby bear looks sweet but has delightfully rich notes thanks to the caramel. The tea is one of the cafe’s originals, the “Sweet Weekend,” which has a refreshing after taste and goes perfectly with the caramel cream.
Merry “KUMA”STMAS Afternoon Tea Set | ¥2,400 per person (Tax Included) *Photo shows a set for two
If you love teddy bears, then this afternoon tea set is a dream come true.
The top plate is a delicate assortment of sweet and crunchy oat milk cookies, a glass dessert of fromage blanc and fresh orange jelly, velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream made to look like a Christmas tree, and creamy macarons.
The bottom plate is the savoury selection and comes with croissants stuffed with roast beef topped with honey mustard sauce, a rich potato potage, and skewers piercing olives, mini tomatoes, and pickles.
Special Novelty <Teddy Bear Message Card>
Customers who book a table in advance to the cafe will receive a free teddy bear message card. These are limited in stock, so if you’re in Tokyo don’t miss out.
Jazz Manga Series BLUE GIANT Collaborates With Brooks Brothers in Omotesando
Brooks Brothers, the oldest apparel brand in the US, is teaming up with Shinichi Ishizuka’s popular jazz manga series BLUE GIANT with a collaborative event set to take place at Brooks Brothers Omotesando in Tokyo from October 30 to November 15.
The event celebrates the simultaneous release of all 11 volumes of the European edition of the manga series, entitled BLUE GIANT SUPRIME, as well as the first volume of BLUE GIANT EXPLORER which is set in the US—the holy grail of jazz.
The event will showcase Brooks Brothers’ iconic button-down shirt with a famous quote said by the protagonist of BLUE GIANT as pictured above which roughly translates to: “A white shirt is proof of a jazzman!!”
There will also be displays of original illustrations drawn by Shinichi Ishizuka himself for the event, panels from the manga on show, original art by popular collage artist Kosuke Kawamura and embroidery artist Mana Morimoto, and more. Visitors will even get to try some embroidery themselves in a special workshop, and much more.
The Aoyama branch of Brooks Brothers recently moved to Omotesando, signalling a new start for the store. Likewise, the BLUE GIANT story is now set in the US, which will make for more new and exciting stories. The event serves to celebrate the new chapters of both Brooks Brothers and BLUE GIANT.
Brooks Brothers x BLUE GIANT “NEW CHAPTER”
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 15, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Location: Brooks Brothers Omotesando
Address: H-CUBE MINAMIAOYAMA 5-7-1 Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Running: October 30, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 15, 2020
*Silkscreen service that prints BLUE GIANT motifs, Kosuke Kawamura’s original art, and more onto shirts you buy
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Themed Cafe to Open at Omotesando Hills in Tokyo
Japanese companies LEGS and TRANSIT GENERAL OFFICE are set to open the new cafe TOKYO BOX cafe&space inside Omotesando Hills on September 10, 2020.
For the grand opening of the cafe, it has been announced that it will team up with the manga series Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! to promote the upcoming live-action adaptation. The themed event will run from September 10 to October 12.
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sumito Ōwara and serialised in Monthly Big Comic Spirits. The live-action film, which will hit Japanese cinemas on September 25, 2020, stars Asuka Saitō, Mizuki Yamashita, and Minami Umezawa—all members of the Japanese idol group Nogizaka46—as the main character.
Customers at the collaborative cafe can enjoy a selection of food inspired by the series as well as get their hands on exclusive merchandise.
The full menu and merch list will be announced in early September on the cafe’s official website.
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Cafe
Location: TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando Hills
Address: Omotesando Hills Main Building 3F, 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Cafe Official Website: http://eizouken-cafe.jp/
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Live-Action Film Official Website: https://eizouken-saikyo.com/
Gothic Halloween Afternoon Tea Spookily Served Up at Q-pot CAFE. in Tokyo
28.August.2020 | FOOD
Halloween is creeping its way early to Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, Tokyo, as the cafe announces its “Mad Sweets” themed Halloween menu for 2020. The Gothic-inspired menu will be served from September 9 to October 31 and will be centred on “Sister Obake-chan,” a cute and original ghost nun character conceived by the cafe.
Mad Sweets Sister Obake-chan Plate with Drink | ¥2,060 (Tax Included)
Sister Obake-chan is made from sweet and fluffy vanilla mousse and is filled with a sweet and sour berry sauce. Next to her is a cookie gravestone, pumpkin macaron, and a bone meringue.
Mad Sweets Bone & Ribbon Drinks | ¥750 (Tax Included)
There are both hot and iced variants of the Bone & Ribbon drinks. The hot version is a hot chocolate made with black cocoa-laced cream and topped with a crossbone meringue. The iced drink has a cuter appearance mixing pink and white colours together. It’s a strawberry shake topped with a cute ribbon meringue.
Happy Halloween Afternoon Tea Set | ¥2,400 Per Person (Tax Included) | *The photo is a serving for 2 people
Q-pot CAFE. is will also serve an afternoon tea set this Halloween with plenty of tasty themed sweet and savoury bites.
The top level of the afternoon tea is plated with strawberry jelly topped with an assortment of berries and a bone-shaped meringue, tombstone-topped blackcurrant mousse, and bat velvet cupcakes. Q-pot CAFE.’s popular jack-o’-lantern macarons also make a return this Halloween.
The bottom level is served with hearty croissant sandwiches filled with duck pastrami and mushroom omelette, pumpkin potage, and skewered olives, tomatoes, and pickles.
Q-pot CAFE. is a must-visit for a Halloween experience in Tokyo this year.
Q-pot CAFE. 2020 Halloween Limited Menu
Location: Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando
Running: September 9, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
1F Cafe: 11:00-19:50
2F/3F Shop: 12:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.q-pot.jp
Dine at Harajuku’s New Tarako Spaghetti Restaurant Tokyo Tarako Spaghetti
12.August.2020 | FOOD
Tokyo Tarako Spaghetti opened its all-new, second branch in Harajuku Omotesando on July 31, 2020. The restaurant opened its first branch back in January this year.
To commemorate the opening of the new restaurant, it is serving up two brand new tarako (cod roe) spaghetti dishes made with Japanese dashi.
Tarako & Kombu Umami With Dashi Spaghetti | ¥990 (Before Tax)
The first new dish is a combination of tarako, kombu, and dashi spaghetti. This dish adds a Japanese flair to it by combining tarako spaghetti with tarako boiled in soy. The full flavour of the kombu is extracted when the dashi is poured over, creating an irresistible flavour.
Three Fish Egg Tarako Spaghetti | ¥1,390 (Before Tax)
The second new dish on the menu is the “Three Fish Egg Tarako Spaghetti” which combines lots of tarako with toppings of salted salmon roe and flying fish roe. There’s a whopping 100g of fish eggs on there, so you won’t be going hungry with this filling, colourful serving of spaghetti.
Discover new kinds of tarako spaghetti dishes at Tokyo Tarako Spaghetti Harajuku Omotesando.
Tokyo Tarako Spaghetti Harajuku Omotesando
Address: MS Bldg. 2F, 6-7-16 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Official Website: https://www.tokyotarako.com
Japan’s New Eel Burger is Made in Collaboration With the Theatrical Entertainment Sushi Bar Teruzushi
03.July.2020 | FOOD
Matsuya Foods, Gastroduce Japan, and Teruzushi have all joined hands to cook up the new “Eel Burger” which will be sold exclusively in Japan via Matsuya Food Court on Rakuten and Matsuya PayPay Mall starting from 8:00pm (JST) on July 4, 2020.
Like all countries around the world, Japan’s food industry is suffering at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic, with less customers dining in restaurants and eateries. That’s where Matsuya Foods comes in, which has launched an effort to collaborate with fellow restaurants to release exquisite dishes online. That begins with the “Eel Burger,” the first of many foods to come.
Teruzushi is a sushi bar famous for its “theatrical entertainment” style of sushi serving which has earned it the spotlight in the news and on social media in Japan. They serve high-grade sushi which can have the average person easily spending over ¥30,000 during their visit.
The restaurant, located in Fukuoka, is also famous for its “Unagi Burger,” which uses 220g of eel that is prepared in the kabayaki-style and wrapped around sushi rice. That itself is then wrapped in high quality domestic seaweed, resulting in a unique burger-style of sushi. The Eel Burger is an amalgamation of flavours and textures, with the crunchy seaweed complementing the soft eel.
Eel Burger (340g/8 Slices)
Price: ¥6,000 (Tax Included) *Free shipping
Official Website: https://www.matsuyafoods.co.jp/
Support Japan’s Cherry Farmers During Lockdown by Eating Q-pot CAFE.’s Cherry Parfait
02.July.2020 | FOOD
Q-pot. and Q-pot CAFE. introduced a special cherry parfait to its menu on June 27 to help support cherry farmers whose work has been affected by COVID-19.
Due to less people travelling and sightseeing around Japan as a result of the lockdown and self-isolation practices, orders for cherries are being cancelled, and many festivals across Japan too are being cancelled, all of which is having a huge affect on the country’s cherry industry.
The current season is the best time to enjoy Japan’s juicy cherries, and so Q-pot CAFE. has teamed up with a cherry farm in Yamagata, a prefecture famous for its cherries.
Cherry Cherry Parfait (w/Drink): ¥1,850 (Tax Included)
The “Cherry Cherry Parfait” is topped with snow-white whipped cream, crunchy meringue, and cherries for a gorgeous contrast of red and white.
The cherries used are considered a high-grade type called “satonishiki” which has been dubbed the “King of Cherries.” They sit gracefully atop their kingdom of sweet ingredients including salt milk ice cream, chocolate, cherry jam, sponge cake, and panna cotta.
The cherry farmers are taking all the necessary safety precautions against COVID-19 while they continue to delivery delicious cherries to the people of Japan.
Cherry Cherry Parfait
Location: Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando
Serving: From June 27, 2020 while supplies last
*Due to an event taking place between July 21, 2020 – September 4, 2020, customers must book a table in advance to dine at Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando. The regular menu will not be served.
Official Website: http://www.q-pot.jp
Cute and Dreamy Tanabata Inspired Confections Arrive at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando
29.June.2020 | FOOD
Q-pot CAFE. is celebrating Japan’s Tanabata festival with a limited-time menu which was introduced on June 27.
Romantic Star Plate w/Drink: ¥2,060 (Tax Included)
This starry delight is plated with a fromage blanc filled with ganache cream and peach jelly. There’s star-shaped meringue macarons filled with cream, creamy blueberry and blackcurrant panna cotta, star-shaped chocolate to represent the Tanabata deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, and a luxurious Q-pot CAFE. macaron.
Romantic Peach & Elderflower Soda: ¥750 (Tax Included)
Refresh yourself with a summery glass of this peach and elderflower soda which is filled with blue, purple, and pink transparent jelly which twinkle like a kaleidoscope.
Bottled Drinks (Takeout Only): ¥1,296 Each (Tax Included) *Limited quantity available / *¥100 off if you take your own bottle
Enjoy a takeout bottle of “Aurora Lychee Tea Soda” with its romantic pink, purple, and blue gradation. This herb tea changes colour like magic, and contains marrow cheese plant, lychee puree, and Blue Curacao. The twinkling pearl powder makes it glow like an aurora.
There is also bottled Strawberry Tea Soda, Ginger Ice Milk Tea, and Honey Lemon Vinegar Soda.
If you’re in Tokyo this summer, head to Q-pot CAFE. to enjoy a round of pastel-coloured Tanabata confections and drinks.
Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando
Address: 3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: June 27, 2020 – July 20, 2020
*From July 21, 2020 to September 4, 2020 the cafe will be reservation-only in line with an event, and the regular menu will not be available.
*For the time-being, reservations can be made by telephone call only. Web reservations are currently not available.
Official Website: http://www.q-pot.jp
McDonald’s Japan to Release International Beef Burgers Inspired by the World’s Flavours
19.June.2020 | FOOD
This summer, McDonald’s Japan is releasing three beef burgers inspired by flavours of three countries. From Japan is the “Kalbi Mac,” from Canada is the “Mighty Beef Original,” and from the UK is the “Smokey BBQ.”
When you think of McDonald’s, the first thing that’s sure to come to mind are their beef burgers. The fast food chain has added many different burger flavours to its menu, every country around the world has its own popular style of beef burger. That’s where McDonald’s Japan got the idea for this new series of international burgers, each made using recipes from their respective countries.
Mighty Beef Original: ¥490 / Value Set: ¥790 (Serving: June 24, 2020 – Early August 2020)
Released at McDonald’s Canada, this bacon-filled beef burger is lathered in a rich sauce that has a smokey aroma and garlic punch mixed with black pepper. The salty and smokey bacon bits are what made this burger so deliciously irresistible.
Smokey BBQ: ¥490 / Value Set: ¥790 (Serving: June 24, 2020 – Early July 2020)
The smokey flavour is intense with this juicy beef burger which comes from the UK. It’s filled with over 10 spices, including smokey bacon, black pepper, and cinnamon.
Kalbi Mac: ¥420 / Value Set: ¥720 (Serving: June 24, 2020 – Early August 2020)
And from Japan is beef-on-beef Kalbi Mac which is filled with spicy kalbi beef and a juicy beef patty served between a sesame seed bun. The refreshing sweet lemon sauce and crunchy lettuce serve to elevate the tasty flavours of both beefs.
This is just the first three international burgers to be released at McDonald’s Japan. A new set will be released in mid-July.
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/