【Tokyo Cafe】 Break away from the busy city for a cup of coffee at “GRAIN BREAD BREW” located near Hikawa Shrine.
Today’s feature looks at GRAIN BREAD BREW – a café that sits snug nearby Hikawa Shrine in Shibuya. This special café brings warmth to your everyday and receives a perfect score when it comes to spaciousness.
The shop owner, who makes coffee apparatus and tumblers, is a big sandwich-lover. After travelling the world and trying out different sandwiches, the owner came up with delicious sandwich recipes and wanted many people to taste them. This is how the café was born. The café’s name derives from special keywords. “Grain” is used to make the store’s “bread”. Coffee beans are carefully selected to “brew”. This makes the “GRAIN BREAD BREW” we know and love today.
The bright and spacious entrance creates a friendly atmosphere. The interior uses white as a colour theme base. Here, comfortable furniture has been gathered and arranged perfectly. The warm-coloured lighting brings the interior design into perspective, filling the room with a warm atmosphere.
The iconic and cute squirrel is the café’s mascot character. It is inspired by the animals that gather outside Hikawa Shrine, which is located nearby. These squirrel mascots are everywhere inside the café – can you spot them all?
The coffee beans used to brew the specialty coffee are carefully selected from across the world. In order for the full flavour to be extracted from the beans, a coffee press is used. Our team recommends a hot cup of fresh, sour, yet fruity Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Domeruso (￥450 + tax).
What makes the coffee press superior to a flannel drip and paper drip is the ability to press the natural oil of the coffee beans directly into the mug, making the perfect cup. You can enjoy the true essence of coffee to your hearts content right here at this café.
The sandwiches are made using a variety of breads including ciabatta, toast, pita bread and much more. Each type of bread has been specially made to draw out maximum flavour. The monster-style sandwich is filled with a generous 100g of bacon and costs ￥1,000 (+ tax). The springy texture of the ciabatta bread is complimented by the flavour of olive oil. A thick slice of bacon, rich balsamic vinegar, and to top off the texture, a bit of sliced cucumber. At a glance, the dish looks quite filling, but it is surprisingly light. No need to share – those who get full quite easily can still finish it off on their own!
Our recommendation from the sweets menu is the fluffy French toast brûlée. This uses seasonal fruits and is accompanied with ice cream. (￥800 + tax). The texture of this lovable dessert is created by preparing the egg mix for 24 hours. This dish is plated up with apple compote and honey, and vanilla ice cream with a nut garnish. The three parts to the dessert exist in perfect harmony, ensuring that you do not tire of the taste. Every mouthful is something to look forward to.
The company also sells coffee-making equipment and a variety of goods that are easy for anyone to use. The Wallmug Demita (￥800 + tax) is a popular product designed as a result of a collaboration of many famous brands. You can purchase a tumbler and micro coffee dripper (￥700 + tax) to make a set. These are just a few items included in the lineup of easy-to-use goods!
If you are searching for a place where you can remove yourself from the bustling city, enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and soothe your senses, please visit GRAIN BREAD BREW. There is also a takeout menu, so you can enjoy nice coffee whilst watching the autumn leaves of the shrine forest.
Photos by：Kayo Sekiguchi
Original text by：Ryoichi KOMABA
Translated by: Samantha Fernandes
Source：She magazine http://she-mag.jp/diary/81280?wid=54544
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