We know, we know. Tokyo well-known for raw fish, beautiful pearly rice, and silky handmade noodles. No one really goes to Tokyo to have a cuppa joe and an avo toast with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce on the side. But don’t be so quick to dismiss their variations of coffee and brunch – the Japanese impart their elegance and attention to detail on any cuisine they touch. Tokyo is not the city with the most Michelin stars for the most types of cuisine for nothing!
We’re only going to list our absolute favourites here because while we do think that brunch in Tokyo should be experienced at least once each time you are there, there are many other fabulous food establishments elsewhere in Tokyo that you should let your stomach experience too.
1. M House
M House takes its inspiration from a mishmash of cultures—and we mean that in the best way possible.
A large part of our love for M House stems from its gorgeous space.
Stepping into its premises, we are greeted by long, clean lines and a monochromatic colour scheme with warm splashes of wood. Once we ventured into the terrace, the space turned into a sunny Greek seaside café complete with ocean-blue stripes and an indoor water fountain. Upstairs, it’s all elegance: black walls with white wall panelling.
What about the food? We’re happy to say that it’s as wonderful as its décor! The egg dishes, in particular, stand out because of the freshness of Japanese eggs. You’ve never tasted eggs and salmon like this, and the French toast brioche is bursting with richness. For an indulgent meal, don’t miss out on the uni and scallop omelette. You’re on holiday after all!
4-23-13 Ebisu | Mercer Bldg., Shibuya 150-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
Tel: +81 3-3441-7551
Mon to Fri: 11:00 AM – 15:30 PM, 18:00 PM – 23:30 PM
Sat and Sun: 10:00 AM to 23:30 PM
The Dutch pancakes at Path are to-die-for. Biting into them, they are all at once buttery, crispy, and flaky outside, while also fluffy, eggy, and cloud-like inside. They taste as if a croissant had a child with a soufflé. And, as if making them more perfect is even possible, they are topped with silky prosciutto and creamy burrata, with all the flavours tied together with maple syrup. It’s a magical mixture of flaky, airy, creamy, salty.
Path is the offspring of chef Taichi Hara and patisserie Yuichi Goto, so it comes as no surprise that the pancakes are as astounding as they are.
Be warned, though. Tokyo’s discerning eaters are as smitten with this concoction as we are. Lines start to form from 8am before Path even opens, so get there early.
If you’re really not a morning person, Path transforms into a moody fusion bistro at night, serving dishes like horse sashimi and quinoa salads.
P.S. Though we’ve listed it as a brunch place, its really worth your time to visit Path at any time of the day!
1-44-2 Tomigaya | A-Flat 1F, Shibuya 151-0063, Tokyo Prefecture
Tel: +81 3-6407-0011
Tue to Sat: 8:00 AM – 15:00 PM, 18:00 PM – 00:00 AM
Closed on Monday.
3. 4/4 Seasons Coffee
4/4 Seasons Coffee—pronounced “all seasons”—offers 7 single-origin coffee beans, each processed differently, roasted and ground in house daily, and bringing with it a characteristic flavour. If you’re overwhelmed by the selection, the friendly baristas are always happy to chat with you and explain the origin and flavour profile of each bean and brewing method.
This is what we like about 4/4/ Seasons Coffee: it’s specialised but never pretentious, and we always feel welcome in the place regardless of whether we’re a coffeeshop coffee drinker, a Starbucks fanatic, or a coffee enthusiast who buys his own beans and brews them by himself.
The food at 4/4 Seasons Coffee doesn’t pale in comparison to their coffee too. Though its food menu is clearly not the focus, everything is made from scratch and baked in house. They have a daily rotating selection of bread and cakes. For that extra oomph, ask the barista for the best pairing of coffee and bread of the day. You won’t regret it!
2-7-7 Shinjuku | 1f, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Mon to Fri: 8:00 AM – 19:00 PM
Sat and Sun: 10:00 AM – 18:00 PM