[Tokyo] Bills | Cafe Kitsune | Turret Coffee


An Australian import, Bills is a casual restaurant that serves Australian brekkie in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant has gotten pretty big in Japan [especially at the more convenient Harajuku branch] so I hear that lines can be a few hours long. Luckily we arrived at around 10:30am on a weekday and didn't have to wait long but lines did form quickly after we were seated which snaked down a flight of stairs. 

The menu was simple with only a few choices for food - basically eggs and pancakes. For drinks, of course we had to order a flat white (¥580) with our brekkie!

The ricotta pancakes with banana and honeycomb butter (¥1400) has got to be the most popular item here! The pancakes were indeed fluffy soft but I felt that the texture was rather one dimensional compared to the ones at MyMy Cafe in San Francisco where they would put in vanilla curd for variation. The flavors were light and honeycomb butter was superb, though I did mistook the one on top for a piece of banana and ate it in one bite (oops!).

The scrambled organic eggs with avocado and toast (¥1450) were amazing though- I mean look at those eggs! The texture of the eggs was so silky soft, fluffy and creamy while full of flavors.

Solid brekkie food but probably not worth it if I had to line up for hours. 

4-30-3 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo 
東京都 渋谷区 神宮前 4-30-3 東急プラザ 表参道原宿 7F
Tel: +81-3-5772-1133

Cafe Kitsune

I've heard a lot about Cafe Kitsune from a few friends who declare this as their favorite coffee shop in Tokyo, so I came here to check it out after our brunch at Bills. Located just a few streets from the busy shopping area in Omotesando, the cafe was located in a quiet and chic area filled with one-of-a-kind boutiques and shops.

I love this courtyard of the cafe where the traditional bamboo theme contrasted with the modern decor of the interior - it's a nice little oasis within the glitzy Omotesando area. Oh and the newly opened Blue Bottle is just right down the street. Seems like Shibuya is the place to be for coffee shops!

I ended up trying the Kitsune Matcha Latte (¥680) and it was probably the best matcha latte I've ever had! The subtle sweetness of the fine microfoam milk balanced the rich and slightly bitter aftertaste of the matcha perfectly. All the places in Hong Kong that serves mediocre matcha latte needs to taste this - this is what a matcha latte should taste like!

The only thing was that they wouldn't serve this to me in a cup since they required that both of us get a drink if we wanted to sit in the cafe, but we only wanted to get one drink which is why this came in a takeaway paper cup instead. Prices were rather on the steep side for the size of the coffee as well, but then again not all places serve a damn good matcha latte!

3-17-1 Minamiaoyama Minato Tokyo 
東京都 港区 南青山 3-17-1
Tel: +81-3-5786-4842

Turret Coffee

Named after the delivery vehicles used in the nearby Tsukiji Market, Turret Coffee delivers quality espresso drinks to this area using coffee beans from Streamer - the coffee shop opened by the 2008 World Champion Hiroshi Sawada in Shibuya. It's located a few blocks from the main streets of the Tsukiji Market so it's a great place to grab your coffee after your morning visit to the market. This is currently J's favorite coffee shop in Tokyo so I had to come check it out!

The coffee shop itself is quaint with a few seats on the inside so we decided to grab the red bench on the outside since the weather was quite nice that day.

This is the signature Turret Latte (¥550) which was big enough to share between 2 people honestly. Everything checks off here: looks, aroma, flavor and balance between the espresso and milk.

If you are in this area and craving for coffee, give this place a try!

2-12-6 Tsukiji Chuo Tokyo 
東京都 中央区 築地 2-12-6 SK東銀座ビル 1F
Tel: +81-80-3344-8819

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