A café that offers special coffee! Ebisu’s popular café “Sarutahiko Café” is for coffee lovers.

30.October.2017 | FOOD / SPOT

 

Hello, my name is Shiota. I am the curator of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Information Center.

Ebisu is an area that tops my chart in “the area in which I want to reside.” I visited Ebisu, an area where many fashionable and food-loving people gather with one of my center staff, Ellie.

In this article, I will introduce to you the special coffee shop, “Sarutahiko Coffee” Ebisu Main Store which is gathering much attention nowadays.

 

The interior the shop has a warm atmosphere.

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The inside of the store is small but it has a cozy atmosphere. The interior’s color coordination is very fashionable.

And the charm point of this shop is that the staff are all very friendly. They are not pushy with their customers but are very kind and thus the atmosphere of the shop is very good. I can tell that they are relating with their coffee and customers with love. I visited the shop before, privately and at that time I stayed in the shop for a long time.

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Tomoyuki Otsuka – the head of the shop.

He used to be an actor but changed his job and started to sell coffee.

He studied about coffee very hard and has lots of knowledge about coffee.

He did not have enough money to install a counter when he first started the shop, so he made the counter himself. He said he sanded the planks used in his shop himself using sandpaper!

 

Official coffee shop of Sarutahiko Shrine in Ise

Many coffee shops in Japan have an English name but Sarutahiko Coffee uses Kanji characters for the shop’s name (猿田彦珈琲).The name “Sarutahiko” was officially bestowed by Sarutahiko Shrine in Ise.

So, the shop is officially approved by the shrine. They also sell souvenirs other than coffee. The shrine enshrines “Michihiraki” so the souvenirs are popular as gifts at wedding parties.

 

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Michihiraki blend (5 packs) (959 yen, tax included)

 

Menu items which make you want to drink many cups of coffee

Sarutahiko Coffee offers hand-dripped coffee. It feels good to watch the staff making your coffee. Sarutahiko Coffee is a coffee shop which promotes the culture of “hand dripped coffee.” Before they started offering hand dripped coffee, such coffee was thought to be the “wrong” way to make coffee.

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Classic French Short (399 yen, tax included)

The deep dripped hand dripped coffee is more bitter than other coffees. It has less sourness and it is easy to drink.

 

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Caramel Flappe Short (529 yen, tax included)

This drink is not too sweet and has a strong coffee flavor. It is recommended for those of you who love sweet desserts and do not drink coffee so often. The ice melts tenderly inside your mouth so you won’t get a headache.

 

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Coffee of the day, Sarutahiko French (300 yen, tax included)

When we see “coffee of the day,” it makes us think that we will only be able to drink this coffee today, so we had better not miss this chance.

The “coffee of the day” offered on the day I visited the shop was “Sarutahiko French,” a standard coffee of the shop which is bitter but fresh at the same time.

The Japanese-style design of the cup is very cute.

 

By the way, did you notice that the prices of the menu items noted above are cheaper than the usual prices in other shops? Very reasonable indeed!

 

This is because the head of the shop wants to create a community-based shop.

“I want my customers to visit my shop several times per day and feel that the shop is a part of their daily lives.”

The head of the shop is surely a passionate person who loves his coffee, customers and the local area he resides in.

 

I became a fan of Sarutahiko Coffee through this visit.

 

Currently, there are seven branches of Sarutahiko Coffee inside Tokyo. Let’s visit one of their shops and have a real good coffee!

 

 

◼Information

Sarutahiko Coffee Ebisu Main Shop

Address: 1F, Saito Building, 1-6-6, Ebisu, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

Business hours: weekdays: 8:00 to 1:00

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 to 1:00

Holidays: no holidays

TEL: 03-5422-6970

URL:http://sarutahiko.co/

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    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.

  • Winter Vegan Food to be Served Up at BOTANIST Tokyo in Harajuku This Holiday Season

    25.October.2020 | FOOD

    BOTANIST’s flagship shop BOTANIST Tokyo will be serving up a special Northern European-themed holiday season menu at its second floor BOTANIST Cafe from October 31, 2020. The line-up is made with the wish in mind that everyone can live with hope in mind as we draw closer to the end of 2020 and ready for the start of the New Year.

     

    Holiday Menu

    All food on the seasonal holiday menu is vegan and promised to be filling, delicious, and healthy.

    White Mushroom & Meatball Pasta | ¥1,250 (Tax Included)

    A vegan pasta with must-have meatballs covered in a lip-smacking tomato sauce. The pasta is made from rice flour.

    Shiitake Patty & Shimeji Sauce Hamburger | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

    A vegan burger with a patty made from shiitake mushrooms and doused in an aromatic shimeji mushroom sauce. It’s served with hot hasselback potatoes which are seen in the cuisine of North Europe as well as cauliflower.

    Five Mushroom Soy Potage | ¥510 (Tax Included)

    A rich potage made from five varieties of mushroom including shiitake, eryngii, shimeji, and hen-of-the-wood. It has a full-bodied flavour and is nothing short of delicious.

    Vegan Doughnut Holiday Cake | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    A Christmas cake where you can pick two vegan doughnuts from a selection of flavours. It’s filled with soy cream which goes perfectly with the chewy rice flour doughnuts.

     

    Christmas Set To Go


    Christmas Set To Go: ¥2,200 (Tax Included) / Uber Eats: ¥2,600 (Tax Included)

    A Christmas set that can be ordered to go or via Uber Eats. Perfect for get-togethers with friends and families.

     

    BOTANIST Botanical Winter Coffret


    BOTANIST Botanical Winter Coffret (Premium Hair Care Set) | ¥8,690 (Tax Included)

    At BOTANIST Tokyo’s first floor shop, they have announced the release of a new hair care collection called BOTANIST Botanical Winter Coffret which will hit shelves on October 31, 2020.

     

    BOTANIST Tokyo’s vegan winter menu will arrive on October 31, 2020 which is the final day of their vegan autumn menu. Check out their autumn food line-up here.

  • Sanrio Themed Cafe Celebrates Characters’ Monthly Magazine ‘Ichigo Shimbun’

    23.October.2020 | FOOD

    Sanrio is once again collaborating with the EGG & SPUMA cafe located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine EST to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Ichigo Shimbun, a monthly magazine published by Sanrio which includes information about the latest character merchandise, the Sanrio Character Awards, and more. The limited-time cafe will run from November 1, 2020 to late January 2021.

    Sanrio fans can expect a very special menu line-up of food, drinks, and desserts based on their favourite characters from the Sanrio roster.

    There will in fact be two different menus served on separate occasions. The first menu will welcome a soufflé omelette topped with a potato salad Pochacco while the second will see an adorably pink My Melody cream stew.

    There will also be an incredibly cute two-tiered afternoon tea set with desserts and savoury items.

    For drinks, there is a Hello Kitty strawberry milk, Cinnamoroll milk, and milk caramel pudding Pompompurin.

    © 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L613344

    And everyone who orders from the collaborative menu will receive one of eight possible coasters as thanks for visiting.

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