The brunch concept has hit Tokyo in a big way. There are so many different places to try and it’s not uncommon to see a queue around the block for the latest pancake hotspot! We tried out more than our fair share of brunch destinations while we lived in Tokyo…and these five always had me coming back. While the list may need updating to take into account the new spots which are always opening, in my opinion these classics will always deserve a visit.
1. Two Rooms
Probably my favourite spot for brunch in Tokyo is Two Rooms Grill.
This light, airy bar and restaurant in Omotesando offers a great brunch set with delicious coffee and a menu boasting everything from huge, juicy grilled Hokkaido scallops with bacon dust to the more traditional eggs benedict.
Two Rooms can be found at: Japan, 〒107-0061 Tokyo, Minato, Kitaaoyama, 3−11−7 AOビル 5F
2. The Roppongi Hills Club
The Roppongi Hills Club combines views and gourmet food. With buffets for starter and dessert and delicious gourmet main courses, there is more than enough food on offer to soak up the main event…
free flowing Bollinger.
And on top of all of that is the amazing view (which I’ve blogged about in more detail here)
You will, however, have to have a friend with a rather exclusive membership to experience this one… If one of your friends is a member it is definitely worth bugging them to take you.
The Roppongi Hills Club is located at the top of Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
If you’re looking for a hardy brunch to soak up the sins of nomihodai the night before look no further than Beacon. While this is no greasy spoon, the huge plates of food here will do the same job and in a much more elegant fashion.
Starting with a delicious selection of bread, croissant and muffins, fresh fruit and coffee, you then move on to the main event. With options varying from lobster cakes and eggs (benedict style) to huevos rancheros and fried chicken with waffles, if this place doesn’t set you up for the rest of the day I think its time to give up!
Hungry tummies can find Beacon at: 1-2-5 Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan
Set up by Aussie, Bill Granger, Bill’s has branches throughout Japan. And, as you would expect, given the Aussie penchant for brunch, Bill’s offers a fantastic breakfast menu.
My favourites being the light, fluffy ricotta hotcakes, served with banana and a sinfully sticky honeycomb butter…
My favourite branch of Bill’s is the one in Odaiba: Decks Tokyo Beach, Seaside Mall 3F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-Ku, Tokyo; but it can also be found at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F 4-30-3 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
5. Park Hyatt New York Bar & Grill
Combining great views and great food, brunch at the New York Bar and Grill on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt is a great option. Made famous by Lost In Translation, this is certainly a bit of a tourist hot spot, but nevertheless a decent option for brunch.
While the dessert buffet in particular was a high-point, the main courses didn’t quite hit the spot in the same way as some of the places listed above.
The Park Hyatt Tokyo is at: 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 163-1055
And because it really was difficult to narrow this one down to a top five, I’m going to cheat a little and drop in a couple of honourable brunch mentions for good measure…Lauderdales in Roppongi (Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi, 6−15−1, 六本木ヒルズけやき坂テラス 1F) and Ivy Place in Daikanyama (16-15 Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0033, Japan).