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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    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

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    “Miso” Clam Chowder: ¥350

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

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    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

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    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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    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.

  • 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.

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