Sit back and enjoy a nice cold glass of kombucha, currently one of the most popular health drinks circulating in the world of holistic eats and drinks. Now, you may be wondering, what is kombucha? The tasty drink is a naturally effervescent beverage carbonated through fermenting tea and packed with healthy bacteria and a ton of grains. The perfect way to cleanse your system, in other words.
The folks behind this particular health café pride themselves in using only the finest ingredients, offering up a refreshing kombucha made in house. The drink comes in their original flavour as well as a limited-edition flavour that changes regularly. Inside the shop you can see how the drink is made, with the tea fermenting in huge tubs along with the ‘mother’ bacteria which floats on top. We tried out their original, which is subtly sweet without having an overpoweringly fermented taste. It's definitely a worthy alternative for those who hate green drinks. For those in need of a full detox, the shop offers cleanse packs where you drink a set amount of kombucha at designated times throughout the day.
Oizumi Kojo also offers cold-pressed juices, 'wellness shots', coffee, wine and beer. As for food options, you get to choose from a selection of healthy onigiri that aren’t your typical konbini types. Their kale onigiri is made with brown rice and small pieces of kale dispersed between. The rice ball is a little firmer than your usual onigiri due to the chewier rice, but other than that it doesn’t hold a lot of flavour.
On the other hand, the umeboshi (pickled plum) onigiri is wrapped in nori and packs a lot more punch than the kale. The rice is still a bit on the chewy side, but that's to be expected when it comes to brown rice. Complete your meal with a side of homemade nukazuke (pickles) and their kale salad and you’ll definitely get your fibre fix for the day.
|Venue name:||Oizumi Kojo Nishi-Azabu|
2-13-13 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku
|Opening hours:||8am-10pm daily|
|Transport:||Roppongi Station (Hibiya, Oedo lines); Hiroo Station (Hibiya line), exit 3|