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Inua could very well be the closest thing to Copenhagen's Noma in this part of the world. The main reason? It is run by Thomas Frebel who has worked in the said prolific restaurant for ten years – in fact, he was the man behind research and development, which is to say he was usually the creator of the first draft of new dishes. Inua’s food philosophy is similar to the modern Nordic approach spearheaded by Noma, and you can look forward to a menu informed by the indigenous ingredients and flavours of Japan, but executed with techniques and influences from around the world.
At Gosetsudo you won’t find your typical hot dogs, but plenty of sandwich creations made with hot dog buns. While using fresh ingredients from Kitami in Hokkaido, you can choose from 27 different filling options. Munch on their signature sando ‘Gosetsu Coupé’, which is filled with custard, whipped cream and fruit, covered with a mountain of powdered sugar, resembling the heavy snowfall in Kitami. Other alternatives include the ‘Kitami Onion Yakisoba’, the ‘Kitami Mint Chocolate’ or the ‘Uji Matcha and Hokkaido Azuki Bean Paste’. The buns are produced daily in a nearby factory in Nerima and the price for a sandwich ranges between ¥140 and ¥420. Open July 14, 2018.
Indulge in all things chocolate at this new sweets stand located along Harajuku’s famous Cat Street. Compared to its sister store in Daikanyama, this outpost offers made-to-order crépes along with different chocolate fillings. Look forward to four different choices, including the ‘70% Chocolate + Cacao Custard’ or the ‘Fresh Fruit Crépe’ using American cherries. If crépes are not your thing, then go with their 'Jersey Milk Soft Serve Floats' or their heavenly 'Cacao Soft Cream'.
Equipped with 11 private rooms, this new yakiniku joint in Ginza serves up tender pieces of high-quality meat in a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Choose from premium meat options such as the rare ‘Kuroge Wagyu’ or the pioneer of Kobe beef ‘Sanda-gyu’, which is grilled to perfection by each room's personal chef.
Open July 5, 2018.
All-you-can-eat crepes and galettes, anyone? Located near Toritsu-Daigaku Station, enjoy up to three hours of endless French goodies at this new eatery. With something for everyone, you can choose from a menu boasting 30 different food options. Dig into signature crepes like their 'Double Chocolate' or 'Champ de Fleurs' strawberry creation, or one of their other 15 crepe options. Savory options are also available, including 13 different kinds of galettes featuring the ham and egg 'Completto', or the 'Citron de Poulet' made with chicken and a selection of herbs.
This new brewery in Kita-Aoyama is what beer fanatics dream about. Try out their six craft beer options, including their original 'Beer Lemon Sour', while devouring a plate of craft beer-soaked ‘Beer Chicken’. For those with a sweet tooth, their ‘Original Chocolate Parfait’ made by famed chocolatier Kazuaki Eguchi will not disappoint.
Open July 4, 2018.
Matcha lovers, you'll want to take note of this new Japanese-style café located on Shin Nakamise-dori in Asakusa. The café uses premium-quality matcha from Uji in Kyoto, where you can indulge in ‘Uji Matcha Tiramisu’, ‘Uji Matcha Shiratama (rice-flour dumplings)’, Matcha Kuromitsu (brown sugar syrup) Floats’, ‘Matcha Chocolate Lattes’, and much more. If your schedule is tight, you can order drinks and soft serve to takeaway while continuing your walk through Tokyo's famous street.
Open July 6, 2018.
You can now get your bubble tea fix in trendy Nakameguro. Just in time for summer, popular tapioca tea stand The Alley has opened its latest outpost just a few minutes' walk from Nakameguro Station. Sip on one of their signature drinks including their ‘Tapioca Milk Tea’ or the ‘Bonsai Garden Milk Tea’ along with some munchies like their ‘Baked Bar Muffin’ or ‘Steamed Muffin’.
It might be a bit far from Tokyo’s city centre, but an all-you-can-eat menu of Angus steak seems worth the journey. Mark Is Minato Mirai’s new steak joint offers ‘confit rare’ beef, which is aged at a low temperature and has a fantastic taste when grilled, along with a crispy exterior and a tender roast beef-like interior. If steak is not to your liking, you can choose from chicken, pasta, curry or salad, all provided at a large buffet. Dessert and all-you-can-drink options are available as well.
Open July 10, 2018.
Taiwan’s popular douhua (tofu pudding) café Sao Dou Hua is set to open its first branch in Japan on the seventh floor of Shinjuku’s My Lord shopping mall. While using original equipment and ingredients directly imported from Taiwan, the café is able to provide the most authentic taste of all their sweets. Choose from their popular menu items such as 'Peanut Douhua' and 'Black Sesame Douhua', or go with one of their 'Fruit Douhua' options which come in different flavours including strawberry, mango or banana.
Open July 13, 2018.
Harajuku is the mecca for all things bizarre, colourful and cute, and this new café space is no exception. With its kaiten-zushi-like concept, you can grab sweets off the conveyor belt rotating right in front of your plate. A flat price of ¥1,944 for 40 minutes gives you unlimited access to approximately 25 different kinds of desserts including macarons, cotton candy, crepes, pancakes, ice cream, and more. The café's name 'ron ron' indicates the sound of a cat's purr, and is the reason why most of the goodies boast lovely cat motifs.
Open July 16, 2018.
If you can’t get enough of Japan’s fluffy ‘shokupan’, you'll want to head on over to this specialty bread shop near Kiyose Station. Made from carefully selected ingredients, these high-quality loaves are made to melt in your mouth. Pick from two different types: a plain version called ‘Tamashii Shikomi’, and another with raisins called ‘Hoseki Bako’. Best eaten fresh from the oven, it's hard to resist a bite as soon as you purchase them.