Although the pancake boom that gripped Tokyo last year is showing no signs of dying away, the next breakfast staple is already making room for itself. Simple but oh-so-delicious, the French toast has already attracted the attention of trend-setting 20-something ladies – a development that can only mean massive media coverage, bloody competition among eateries in areas like Harajuku and Shibuya, and two-hour queues to the hottest toast spots. Ranging from hotel restaurants to neighbourhood bakeries, here's your quick guide to 10 of the best places to enjoy an eggy and sweet mouthful.
Best French toast in Tokyo
Staffed by a real Frenchman, this Midorigaoka café makes baguette-style versions of the standard French toast and tops them with decadent amounts of cream. The calorie content here is still lower than at most competitors, and you can also combine your dish with fresh seasonal fruits.
Both the coffee and the bread are excellent in themselves here, but the French toast is really what makes your mouth water. The thick bread is doused in egg until completely soaked, given a quick trip on the frying pan, and served burning hot. Add some honey for best results.
Brunch kings Mercer's daily sets (from ¥1,600) include dishes like sirloin steak and egg or salmon tartar, avocado and poached egg, each accompanied by a couple of slices of plump, melt-in-the-mouth brioche French toast. Not lacking in butter, to say the least, these guys are best enjoyed in moderation.
Any listing of Tokyo French toast would be incomplete without the Okura Hotel's time-honoured version. Appropriately crispy on the outside and satisfyingly soft and eggy on the inside, the dish gets even better when combined with a liberal serving of butter and maple syrup.
Yushima coffee house Mijinco's honey and mascarpone French toast (¥600) is a surprise inclusion on this list. Eaten straight off a cast-iron pan, the thick bread is soft like pudding while the marriage of Italian cheese and caramelised nuts is something that truly shouldn't be missed.