【Harajuku Lunch】RedRock Harajuku – Japan meets U.K.?! Grubbing a meaty meal at the much-hyped store
Hi everyone! Hope you guys have been spending a great summer so far!
I, Babukabon, reppin’ Harajuku’s one and only information center MOSHI MOSHI BOX, will be taking you through some of the best dishes and stores that can be found in the Harajuku area on my column.
For my first entry, I decided to visit “RedRock,” a store that’s been getting an increasing amount of attention by the day. I’d heard about the hype on this store, and how hungry kids wait in line for hours to get a bite of their popular Roast Beef bowl. They’re originally based in Takadanobaba, but they’d recently opened up a store in Harajuku which was a perfect occasion for me to find out what this hype was all about!
Moo says the cow ♪ If you spot this cow, you’ve safely arrived:
Make sure you purchase a food ticket from the machine outside of the store first, then get in line. I heard there’s a one to two hour wait at the store in Takadanobaba, but here in Harajuku, I was able to sneak in in about 10 minutes! (We started lining up a little before 2PM)
The moment you enter the restaurant, you can sniff all the greatness that’ll soon make its way to your hungry stomachs. The interior is quite fancy, they even have a bar counter at the far corner of the store.
Since it’s my first time here, I had to have the most popular RedRock Roast Beef bowl.
While we wait for my food to arrive, let me supply you with some Japanese food knowledge…
－What’s a “don” (bowl)?－
Usually with a “don,” you’ll find rice on the bottom, and various ingredients on top that covers up the rice. We also call it “don-mono.” We have various types of “don”s – place tempura (deep fried vegetable/seafood) on top and you’ve got a “Ten-don,” place a chicken tucked inside fried egg and you’ve got an “Oyako-don.” More often than not these “don”s are styled with Japanese-styled toppings, but here at RedRock, they’ve gone and done an East-meets-West-don placing roast beef, (an English dish,) on top of rice!
I handed my ticket over to the staff and waited a couple of minutes in excitement…
OH MY GOODNESS! Look how gorgeously they’ve piled a roast beef on top of another…and another!
So let me go ahead and devour this…”Itadakimasu!”
※In Japan, to express gratitude towards the food we eat, we say “Itadakimasu.” Bring your palms together if you want to look more proper.
“This is delicious! These slices are huge! The sweet and spicy sauce on the rice also has a nice twist.”
It’s a little difficult to eat, so if you’re not too good with chopsticks, I suggest you get yourself a spoon.
※As we started off with “Itadakimasu,” this is a phrase that ends the meal.
In Japan, there’s a saying that tells you to eat only until you’re 80% full (hara hachibunme), because that’s the sweet spot, but this one fills you up to at least 90%. But mixing the meat with the raw egg and their original mayo sauce didn’t get me bored while digging into the bowl.
Babukabon rates RedRock!
Exterior ★★★☆☆ → The exterior was kept simple, which made the cow stand out and in turn making it easy to spot
Interior ★★★★★ → Fancy, and has a relaxed atmosphere
Food ★★★★☆ →Presentation ◯、Taste ◯、Easy to eat? △
It was a little difficult to eat with chopsticks though I’m pretty skilled with chopsticks! The sweet and spicy sauce on the rice was delicious. I could eat two bowls of rice if I had that sauce on top.
Service ★★★★★ → Extremely fast. They didn’t make me wait at all!
Overall rating for today…
Go and try out the amazing roast beef bowl at RedRock! I think I’ll have a go at the steak bowl on my next visit ♪
Address： Fuji Building B1F, 3-25 12, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access：6 min. walk from Meiji Jingu-mae (Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line), 8 min. walk from Harajuku station (JR Yamanote line)
Stay in Harajuku’s New Hotel Produced by Rolling Roster of Artists
India-ink painter CHiNPAN is collaborating with Rokuyon, who is known for helping to create a range of unique accommodations such as MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS, to launch a new kind of hotel experience in Harajuku beginning on April 23, 2021.
The project’s name is Harajuku Yofukashi Art Exhibition, with yofukashi being Japanese for ‘staying up late.’ It will invite a new artist or creator on board every one or two months as an opportunity for them to showcase their works.
One of the art pieces
Works displayed in the living space
The bedroom with art pieces against the walls and on the ceiling
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS Series
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is our own hotel site located in the heart of Harajuku’s tourism: it is within walking distance of Takeshita-dori (Takeshita Street), Meiji-dori, the Ura-Harajuku area, and Omotesando. This makes it the ideal place to stay for travellers visiting Harajuku.
SAKURA | More details here
ORIGAMI | More details here
DOSUKOI | More details here
With art events and exhibitions cancelled or severely restricted due to the pandemic, this project serves as a get promotional opportunity for artists to display their works and for art lovers to appreciate them. It aims to grow and become a new way to enjoy art.
Harajuku Yorufukashi Art Exhibition
Japanese Name: 原宿夜ふかしアート展
Start Date: April 23, 2021
Where: Yados Jingumae (Formerly Wind Jingumae)
Address: 2-26-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.chillnn.com/1773daedf52237
Love Live! Super Star!! Official Shop to Open in Harajuku
Anime product and merchandise chain Gamers is set to open an official shop in collaboration with the upcoming anime series Love Live! Super Star!! on May 30.
Full-Colour Pass Cases | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Luggage Tags | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Rubber Key Rings | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Korokotto Love Live! Super Star!! | ¥990 Each (Tax Included)
Love Live! Super Star!! comes as the latest entry to the Love Live! anime franchise and will begin airing this July. The story follows five girls who aim to become school idols. Fans of the series won’t want to miss out on a chance to visit the shop if they’re in Tokyo this spring as they get their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise, pre-sales, and more.
Love Live! Super Star!! Official Shop
Location: Harajuku Gamers
Address: 6-16-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
Opening Hours: 12:00-19:00
Official Website: https://www.gamers.co.jp/
Harajuku’s Pompompurin Maid Café to Open on April 14
Akihabara’s premiere maid café chain “@home café” announced last month the opening of a permanent maid café themed on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin. The café is set to open along Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street on April 14, 2021.
© 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. S620028
@home café has collaborated with many of Sanrio’s popular characters in the past at its Akihabara-based café branches such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and of course Pompompurin, but this time the collaboration is flying out of Akiba and straight into the heart of Japanese pop culture: Harajuku.
This new Pompompurin Café is themed on Pompompurin throwing a party for everyone—that’s you and your friends. It’s a place for Purin to deliver happiness to all who visit in the form of cute and tasty food.
Of course, the @home café maids will also be present, and all wearing original maid uniforms coloured like Pompompurin.
A little look at some things on the menu
Soufflé Omurice | ¥1,450
Butter Chicken Curry | ¥1,300
Pompompurin Pudding | ¥700
Chocolate Banana Mountain Waffle | ¥1,200
Custard Pudding Latte | ¥850
Muffin’s Caffe Mocha | ¥850
Take a commemorative photo
For just ¥550, you can take a chekki photo at the café. It comes with café-original stickers and paper. For an extra ¥300, you can take a photo with one of the maids.
Pompompurin Birthday Party
April 16 is Pompompurin’s birthday, so on that day the café will have a special dessert prepared (which you can see below) along with novelties for customers, new decorations, and more.
Pompompurin’s Birthday Dessert
Special Birthday Parfait | ¥1,700 | Serving: April 14, 2021 – April 30, 2021
To commemorate Pompompurin’s birthday and the opening of the café, all visitors will receive the pin below for free.
Pompompurin will visit the café
On the evening on April 16, Pompompurin will visit the cafe for his birthday to celebrate with everyone. Details and bookings can be found here in Japanese.
Pompompurin Cafe x @home cafe
Grand Opening: April 14, 2021
Where: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU Floor 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-22:00 / [Weekends] 10:00-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: https://pompompurincafe.com/
@home Official Website: http://www.cafe-athome.com/
Japanese Illustrator Mai Yoneyama Releases Limited-Edition T-Shirts
09.April.2021 | FASHION
To commemorate her exhibition “EGO” exhibition currently taking place at Anicoremix Gallery in Harajuku, Japanese illustrator Mai Yoneyama has released a collection of limited-edition t-shirts in collaboration with the sneaker brand atmos. The exhibition, which is showcasing many of Yoneyama’s works, is running until April 14.
Wear Mai Yoneyama’s iconic pop style wherever you go with these limited-edition tees.
MAI YONEYAMA x Anicoremix Gallery s atmos
Released: April 3, 2021
Exhibition Details: https://monokomono.com/events/mai-yoneyama-ego-2021/
The Little BAKERY Tokyo Revamps and Reopens With New Eat-In Area
The beloved takeout bakery The Little BAKERY Tokyo, which is just down the road from another of Harajuku’s popular eateries THE GREAT BURGER, has undergone refurbishment to add a brand new eat-in space. The site reopened on March 22 as a bakery and cafe.
A tasty new eat-in menu
Crushed Avocado Toast | ¥1,250 (Before Tax)
Homemade Maple Granola | ¥1,350 (Before Tax)
New York Pizza (Pepperoni Slice) | ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Classic Ham, Egg, & Cheddar Cheese Sandwich | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Apple Gorgonzola Cheddar Cheese Sandwich | ¥1,450 (Before Tax)
Bread loaves and takeout goodies
Red Bean Paste & Butter Ball | ¥420
Hokkaido Yotsuha Butter Croissaint | ¥260
Custard Pudding | ¥550
Hokkaido Brioche Loaf – Whole ¥580, Half ¥320 / Hokkaido Whole Wheat Loaf – Whole ¥560, Half ¥300 / Hokkaido Milk Loaf – Whole ¥580, Half ¥320 (Before Tax)
The new eat-in menu features a range of irresistibles like vegan-friendly avocado toast, homemade granola topped with fresh fruits and Greek yogurt, a selection of sandwiches made with homemade brioche toast, New York-style, pizza, and more.
Takeout options includes all the classics like bread loaves, sweet custard pudding, soft and crispy croissants, and so on.
There are around 30 baked delights to pick from at The Little BAKERY Tokyo all of which are made using flour from Hokkaido and natural yeast. All items on the menu are made fresh in-house every day, all ingredients from the salt and sugar to the eggs and more are domestic, and all ingredients are sourced sustainably and locally. The bakery also caters to all needs from those with food restrictions and allergies as well as a fantastic vegan menu which replaces animal products like eggs and butter with soy milk and grapeseed oil.
They even sell American-style doughnuts from the doughnut brand GOOD TOWN DOUGHNUTS who are inspired by doughnuts from Brooklyn. There’s around 20-30 to choose from, all colourful and all used with natural ingredients like fruit – none of the bad additives. Of course, there’s vegan doughnuts too, so if you’re struggling to find vegan food in Tokyo, you know where to go.
One worry in the bakery industry is that of leftover stock. But The Little BAKERY Tokyo has a solution for that: by wrapping up their pastries and baked foods and selling them as ‘DAY OLD BREAD’ on their online shop so nothing goes to waste, something which has received huge praise from people across Japan.
Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji themed store to open in Harajuku.
The store themed on Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji by Momoko Sakura, the writer and illustrator of the animations, is set to open permanently from March 26 at KIDDYLAND Harajuku with the cooperation of Nippon Animation, the Japanese animation studio.
Character stickers (15 designs and 1 secret design) |Not for sale
Tote bag | Not for sale
Exclusive shopper bag
Acrylic key rings (5 designs) |¥660 each (Tax included)
Acrylic stand |¥880 (Tax included)
Sticker |¥550 (Tax included)
Anti-bacterial spray |¥550 (Tax included)
Glass mug | ¥1,320（Tax included)
Pouch | ¥550 (Tax included)
Can with chocolate | ¥1,320 (Tax included)
Eco-bag | ¥1,100 (Tax included)
Chibi Maruko-chan/Coji-Coji Acrylic stand vol.1 ¥400 each (Tax included)
Senjafuda votive card ¥300 each (Tax included)
Maruko and Coji-Coji Plushy | ¥3,850 (Tax included)
Maruko and Coji-Coji Mask case pink/purple | ¥1,078 each (Tax included)
Maruko and Coji-Coji Acrylic key rings (2 designs) | ¥528 each (Tax included) / Maruko and Coji-Coji Magnets (2 designs) | ¥550 each (Tax included)
Maruko and Coji-Coji Postcards (2 designs) | ¥165 each (Tax included) / Maruko and Coji-Coji Pouch | ¥880 (Tax included)
Maruko and Coji-Coji Tote bag (2 designs) | ¥1,760 each (Tax included)/ Chibi Maruko-chan Plushy (2 designs) | ¥1,848 each (Tax included)
KIDDYLAND Harajuku has held the fairs called “Thank you, Momoko Sakura” and “Maruko and Coji-Coji” in the past which have ended with great success. In response to this, they have launched the store combined both characters that has never existed before.
The scene of characters from Chibi-Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji playing together has illustrated specially to commemorate the store’s opening. The fans can look forward to getting their hands on the first series of exclusive merchandise using the store logo and its purchase bonus.
The store themed nostalgic and soothing animations by the writer and illustrator Momoko Sakura is irresistible to visit.
Pompompurin Maid Cafe to Open in Harajuku This Spring
12.March.2021 | SPOT
Japanese maid cafe chain “@home cafe” has announced that it is launching a permanent maid cafe themed on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin. The cafe will open on the famous Takeshita Street in Harajuku on April 14, 2021.
@home cafe has collaborated with many of Sanrio’s popular characters in the past at its Akihabara-based cafe branches such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and of course Pompompurin, but this time the collaboration is flying out of Akiba and straight into the heart of Japanese pop culture: Harajuku. The cafe will feature a menu conceived by Pompompurin, and fans of the cute golden retriever will also get to take their pictures with him. The cafe maids will also wear @home-original outfits inspired by Purin.
If you’re planning a visit to Harajuku, don’t miss out on the chance to dine at the new Pompompurin Cafe, opening April 14.
© 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. S612265
Disney x MOUSSY Release Retro Clothing Collection
01.March.2021 | FASHION
High-casual brand MOUSSY has collaborated with Disney to release the “Disney SERIES CREATED by MOUSSY.” The Spring/Summer 2021 collection dropped in Japan on Wednesday (February 24).
PALS TAPESTRY SH JKT | ¥34,980 (Tax Included)
PALS TAPESTRY SK | ¥19,910 (Tax Included)
MATCHING OUTFITS POJ | ¥8,250 (Tax Included)
ALWAYS COOL TSJ | ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
The collection combines 70s-80s vintage taste with a 90s street style to create a special retro fusion design. The items are crafted by Japanese artisans from the gobelin-stich fabric series PALS TAPESTRY and feature Minnie and Mickey Mouse in different attire including cute matching outfits.
Disney SERIES CREATED by MOUSSY
Released: February 24, 2021
Where: The SHEL’TTER TOKYO Omotesando Harajuku Floor 2F
Collab Details: http://www.moussy.ne.jp/disney
MOUSSY Official Website: http://www.moussy.ne.jp
Laforet Harajuku Welcomes High-End Brands and Tokyo’s First Femtech Store For Spring 2021
24.February.2021 | Uncategorized
Starting this month, Laforet Harajuku is readying itself for Spring 2021 with the rollout of items by high-end brands and shops, all with an audience in mind who simply love culture regardless of their age or gender. This spring will see the opening of Lois CRAYON, a brand that emphasises individuality and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, as well as “circle in circle,” a new spot that will serve as a gathering place for a variety of clothing brands like l’atelier du savon, CHILD WOMAN, and more.
Laforest will also welcome LOVE PIECE CLUB to Tokyo for the first time, a shop which opened as Japan’s first centring on Femtech. It offers a variety of items to help support women’s health through technology.
AIR will offer a diverse wardrobe of unisex items from popular street brands such as REVENGE STORM, STARWALK, THEATER8, and more. CHOA ONNI is exhibiting South Korean culture like wearing K-pop idol clothes to take photos, and ovgo B.A.K.E.R is serving up vegan food and gluten-free cookies.
Public toilets will display photos by photography unit Toki to Yamikaya and Alexander Julian.
March 6 | New Store Opening
《Floor 1F》Lois CRAYON
4.23| New Store Opening
《Floor 3.5F》circle in circle
March 26 | New Store Opening
《Floor B0.5F》LOVE PIECE CLUB
February 11 | New Store Opening
《Floor 3F》『 』AIR
February 25 | New Store Opening
《Floor B0.5F》ME’VE the store
March 12 | New Store Opening
February 25 | New Store Opening
February 25 | New Store Opening
《Floor B1F》CHOA ONNI
March 6 – April 4 | New Store Opening
《Floor 2F》ovgo B.A.K.E.R
《Floor B1F》Women’s & Men’s Gallery Toilets
Toki with Alexander Julian
Yamikaya / FLOWER PUSHER
■Laforet Harajuku 2021 SS Promo Visual
Laforet Harajuku’s Spring/Summer 2021 promo visual was created by Japanese art director Uenishi Yuri. Following the Autumn/Winter 2020 theme, Uenishi has conceived a new concept: ‘CHARGE.’ This theme focuses on the roots of plants that spread underground, with the yellow colour used in the visual reminiscent of electricity or lightning flashes.
Laforet HARAJUKU 2021 S/S
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Taiwanese Melon Bread Heads to Harajuku Food Factory
08.February.2021 | FOOD
The hugely popular Taiwan Melon Pan bread, which sells 10,000 units a month in Osaka, Kichijoji, and Nishiogikita, is now being served at Harajuku Food Factory until February 20.
Taiwan Melon Pan | ¥380 (Before Tax)
Taiwan Cheese Melon Pan | ¥450 (Before Tax)
The Taiwan Melon Pan bread is a combination of sweetness, rich butter, and salt for an irresistible flavour experience.
Harajuku Food Factory – “Taiwan Melon Pan”
Serving: February 3, 2021 – February 20, 2021
Where: Harajuku Food Factory
Address: THE SHARE Floor 1F, 3-25-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: http://www.opefac.com/
Valentine’s Dessert Sets Served Up at Harajuku’s Tea Latte Shop CHAVATY
22.January.2021 | FOOD
CHAVATY, a cafe in Harajuku that serves tea lattes made with high quality tea leaves, is getting ready for Valentine’s Day early with the release of some tasty new desserts which they began serving up on Thursday (January 14).
Valentine’s Set | ¥1,100 (Before Tax)
Valentine’s Scone Set (6 Included) | ¥2,480 (Tax Included)
Raspberry Chocolate | ¥970 (Tax Included)
The Valentine’s Set comes with a cute scone as well as fondant chocolate made with rich, high-grade chocolate from the French chocolate brand Cacao Barry. It also comes with a tea latte of your choice. There’s also a scone set which comes with two each of three different scones for a total of six including the Berry & Cocoa Pink Chocolate, Orange & Chocolate Chip Double Chocolate, and Dried Fruits & Nuts White Chocolate. CHAVATY has also made their own seasonal homemade spread: the Raspberry Chocolate.
CHAVATY Valentine’s Set
Running: January 14, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Address: Minami-Harajuku Bldg. 1F, 4-6-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://chavaty.shop-pro.jp/
Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Reveals its Spring 2021 Menu
06.January.2021 | FOOD
BOTANIST’s flagship shop BOTANIST Tokyo is set to begin serving up its spring season menu for the new year at its second floor BOTANIST Cafe from January 8 to March 31.
Quinoa Teapot Salad & Potage (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
A sophisticated salad of quinoa, crunchy carrot and red onion, tomato, and more, all served in a cute teapot.
Salmon Salad & Waffles | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Naturally sweet vegan waffles with lime-drizzled vegetables and served with slightly salted salmon and cream cheese. Pour over the maple syrup to make the cream cheese even richer and enjoy a completely different flavour.
Cherry Blossom Jelly & Fromage Mousse (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥50 (Tax Included)
Refreshing cherry blossom flavoured jelly made with rich and velvety soy cream. The cherry blossom petal topping and sparkly appearance of the jelly makes this a luxurious looking dessert.
Cherry Blossom Chiffon Cake | ¥800 (Tax Included)
A fluffy cherry blossom chiffon cake dusted with cherry blossom powder. It’s a sweet and subtly salty mix topped with fresh cream.
Left: Three Berry Smoothie, Right: Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥850 Each (Before Tax)
The Three Berry Smoothie incorporates the chunky texture of strawberries, sweetness of blueberries, and tangy taste of raspberries, creating a rich but not overly-sweet beverage. The Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie is one to go for if you love amazake.
Strawberry Decoration Hot Chocolate (Collaboration Drink) | ¥800 (Tax Included)
This luxurious strawberry hot chocolate is made in collaboration with Dari K, a craft chocolate maker who uses high quality cacao beans from Indonesia.
Select items on the spring menu are available for takeout as well as via Uber Eats in Japan, perfect for enjoy an indoor hanami this year.
BOTANIST Tokyo’s first floor shop will also release its spring series of products, such as the limited edition Botanical Spring Hair Perfume.
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
TEL: Floor 1F Shop: 03-5766-3777 / Floor 2F Cafe: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:30 (Currently operating on decreased hours)
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/