Down a hidden alleyway in the heart of Shibuya, Rubia serves its creative modern Mexican cuisine from 8am daily. The venue opened in late 2020, a collaboration between Mexican restaurateur Edo Kobayashi, who is behind a host of Japanese restaurants in Mexico, and Sarasa, owner of Tokyo’s Casa De Sarasa.
The stylish, relaxed setting is spread over two floors: the first floor is the restaurant, while the second floor is the ‘mixology lounge’ (open from 5pm). The breakfast set meals are a good deal for the calibre of food and location – a salad, soup and three tacos of your choice for ¥1,980.
The soup base varies seasonally (ours was cauliflower) and is served with bright dots of herb and chilli-infused oils; the tacos are modern, Japanese twists on Mexican classics. We love the taco of juicy lamb barbacoa with red cabbage, and the taco that combines grilled manganji peppers with baby corn and onion-yuzu cream.
Aside from tacos, you can opt for Flautas Ahogadas – filling of pork or chicken wrapped in tortillas and served in an aromatic mole sauce, or go for a more traditional brekkie with a hardy continental breakfast, or granola with yoghurt and fresh fruit.