Pancakes, Eggs Benedict or Chinese dim sum - here are a few good places to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon relaxing over brunch.
Open from 11am-11pm daily, this Tokyo outlet of a popular Oregon breakfast restaurant is popular for their gourmet pancakes, which come in variations like Banana-Chocolate Chip with Raspberry Jam, and Roast Mushrooms, Scallions and Cheddar Cheese. They also offer original breakfast dishes like Slappy Benedict (with sauteed spinach, prosciutto, pureed roast garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes) and Vegetable Scramble (squash, leeks, kale and blue cheese). Gourmet pancakes are the big draw at this popular Oregon-based breakfast restaurant, where they come in interesting variations like Banana-Chocolate Chip with Raspberry Jam; and Roast Mushrooms, Scallions and Cheddar Cheese. In fact you're encouraged to devise your own custom combination of sweet or savory ingredients, ten optional toppings (lemon-curd, whipped-cream), and choice of batter (buttermilk, whole-grain or peanut-butter).
If you're not in a pancake mood, they also put together original concoctions like their Slappy Benedict (with sauteed spinach, prosciutto, pureed roast garlic, sun-dried tomatoes) and Vegetable Scramble (squash, leeks, kale, blue cheese), plus more meaty choices like the Slider Plate (spicy mini-burgers) and country-fried steak.
The Pork-belly Benedict comes in a decent-sized double-muffin configuration, along with a generous helping of roast potatoes. The flavorful pork-belly confit is complemented by tart cider-marinated cabbage strips and a creamy Hollandaise sauce livened up with bacon fat. The potatoes are properly roasted, resulting in crisp skins and soft centers.
Slappy Cakes' blintzes make a nice dessert after a savory main - they're filled with tangy, custard-like lemon-cream cheese, dusted with powdered sugar, and buried under a seasonal fruit topping (ours was a sweet blueberry jam). The drinks menu offers assorted brunch-friendly cocktails - Apple Toddy, Lavender Fizz, Marypolitan - as well as wines and amber ale from Oregon. Espresso is churned out by serious-looking Italian-made machinery.
The decor has an updated American-diner feel to it - spacious counter, Formica-top tables and a handful of large booths equipped with pancake griddles. The soundtrack is mainly 1940s vocal jazz (Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra) with a bit of R&B thrown in.
Because of its department-store location the restaurant doesn't open until 11am, but breakfast is served all day from then until 10pm. [Show more] [Show less]
Shinjuku 3-38-1, Lumine EST Shinjuku 7F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The cuisine here is modern American, a bit more European-influenced rather than purely Pacific Rim. For Y6,200 the spectacular Sunday/holiday brunch includes a glass of champagne, your choice of main dish, plus selections from the appetizer and dessert buffet. The Y4,500 weekday lunch is similar, but without the champagne.
Beacon's popular Sunday brunch menu includes dishes like Eggs Florentine with crisp prosciutto; three-egg omelette of the day; Scottish "Loche Fyne" organic smoked salmon and bagel; Australian sirloin steak with eggs; and vanilla custard almond French toast. Very filling brunch platters are priced Y2600-3300, and include toast or croissants, fresh fruit and coffee.
Shibuya 1-2-5. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
The former chef from the New York Grill (Park Hyatt) has teamed up with veterans from the Oak Door (Grand Hyatt) to create a glitzy new dining destination in central Aoyama. The spacious dining room has an open kitchen and comfortable booths looking out over the Aoyama-dori fashion parade; there's also terrace seating in the bar area.
Sunday brunch is served from 9am to noon and includes an appetizer and main course, champagne, coffee and dessert for Y1,900, along with fresh bread and pastries from the popular bakery downstairs. [See FULL REVIEW
Minami-Aoyama 5-1-26. Open 8am-9pm (LO) daily.
The Westin's spacious lobby restaurant is known for their lavish lunch and weekend brunch buffets, plus a breakfast spread (Y3600) from 6:30-10:30am. Weekend brunch is served Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, noon-4pm, and is Y5500 per person. Some outdoor seating is available.
Excellent Hawaiian seafood with intriguing Asian influences - there's plenty of Pacific Rim cuisine in Tokyo, but somehow Roy's manages to stay unique. There's also a decent selection of New World wines to go with the food, and a popular weekend brunch (Y3500, or Y7000 with champagne and wine open bar).
The Grand Hyatt's spacious brasserie restaurant has a dramatic open kitchen and outdoor terrace seating. The popular weekend brunch (Y6300+10%) is served from 11:30am-3pm, and comes with a glass of champagne, a choice of main course and a big buffet with eggs cooked to order, French toast, smoked salmon, Parma ham and numerous salads and desserts. The main course options include substantial fare like Australian beef fillet; roast duck breast with duck confit; roast guineau fowl and sauteed scallops. If you're an early riser and in the mood for something more breakfasty, lavish Western- and Japanese-style breakfasts are served 7-10:30am for Y3700. The Grand Hyatt's spacious brasserie restaurant has a dramatic open kitchen and outdoor terrace seating. The popular weekend brunch (Y6300+10%) is served from 11:30am-3pm, and comes with a glass of champagne, a choice of main course and a big buffet with eggs cooked to order, French toast, smoked salmon, Parma ham and numerous salads and desserts. The main course options include substantial fare like Australian beef fillet; roast duck breast with duck confit; roast guineau fowl and sauteed scallops.
If you're an early riser and in the mood for something more breakfasty, lavish Western- and Japanese-style breakfasts are served 7-10:30am for Y3700. [Show more] [Show less]
It's hard finding a good breakfast in Tokyo outside of the international hotels, but this Roppongi Hills cafe delivers the goods. The breakfast/brunch menu is a mix of European and international influences - freshly made souffles, French-style omelettes, croissants, custom-made salads and buttermilk pancakes. The afternoon/evening menus are a mix of French bistro and international fare - pork rillettes, duck confit, beef-cheek pot-au-feu, falafel croquettes, roast beetroot with goat cheese. Beverages include fancy cocktails, fruit smoothies, and moderately priced wines. [See FULL REVIEW
This "American brasserie" serves an a la carte brunch menu from 11:30 to 5pm every Saturday and Sunday, including Eggs Benedict and other breakfast dishes.Superb, inventive American cuisine from noted Tokyo chef Ian Tozer, built around a deceptively casual menu - rotisserie chicken, grilled meats and fish, substantial salads, and a few regional specialties. All this plus a great boutique wine list, popular all-day brunch on weekends, a smoke-free dining room, and patio seating during the warmer months, in this "modern American brasserie". [Show more] [Show less]
The staff and clientele are a melting pot of nationalities, but the food is all-American. The brunch menu features classics like Eggs Benedict, country-style pancakes, and steak and eggs (Y2200, Y1700, Y2400), and the food can be washed down with a bottomless cup of coffee (Y600). This bustling American eatery brings the buzz of weekend brunch in Manhattan to Tokyo. The interior, simply decorated with black-and-white photos of New York and slim cab-yellow lamps, makes use of the large windows at the front of the restaurant to create an open feel; in the warmer months, customers spill out onto the deck to dine al fresco.
During brunch hours (from 9-4 on Saturdays and 10-4 on Sundays), the place is packed, and, between her frequent trips to Seoul, owner Suji Park can be seen flitting about the dining room, delivering orders and flashing a brilliant smile.
The staff and clientele are a melting pot of nationalities, but the food is all-American. The brunch menu features classics like Eggs Benedict, country-style pancakes, and steak and eggs (Y2200, Y1700, Y2400), and the food can be washed down with a bottomless cup of coffee (Y600).
Portions are enormous. The omelets are as big as your face, and eating the Jason Burger (Y1700) - stacked with bacon, cheese, and fried onions - requires careful strategy. The New York cheesecake topped with blueberry sauce is decadently dense, and should probably not be consumed by one person alone. Drinks are half price from 5-7 on weekdays during Happy Hour. [Show more] [Show less]
Azabudai 3-1-5. Open 11am-4, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
It's hard to miss brunch here no matter how late you were out the night before - weekend brunch is served until 6pm, and includes Danish specialties like the Fishplate (smoked eel, pickled herring, shrimps with dill and marinated salmon; Y2300 with one drink) as well as Eggs Benedict, quiche and kippers.
Roppongi 7-3-22. Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
Pickled herring and much more - their awe-inspiring smorgasbord is a real adventure in dining, so come with a hearty appetite. The lunchtime buffet is Y3,150, including Saturdays (but not Sundays). [See FULL REVIEW
Nagatacho 2-14-3, Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO 9:30-10). Closed Sundays.
The Saturday brunch is 11am-3pm, and costs Y3800 for adults and Y1900 for kids under 12. This includes an hors d'oeuvre buffet, a main dish, and an open wine bar. They also have breakfast service Monday through Friday starting at 8am. [Go to branch review]
Toranomon 2-1-1. Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
This popular German beer bar serves a deluxe weekend brunch priced at Y2980.
Marunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 5F. Open 11:30am-4, 5pm-4am daily.
Weekend brunch menus from 11:30am-2pm start at Y3900 for the Healthy Brunch, or Y4900 for the appetizer buffet plus one main dish and dessert.
Marunouchi 1-11-1, Pacific Century Place. Open 6:30-10:30am, 11:30-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
The popular Y6,600 Sunday "Champagne Brunch" at Trader Vic's features all the sparkling wine you can drink.
Kioicho 4-1, Hotel New Otani 4F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
One might expect this sort of sprawling, relaxed cafe in a neighborhood like Koenji or Naka-Meguro, but it's a surprising find in a business district like Hanzomon. Weekend brunch is served Saturdays from noon-10pm and Sundays noon-6pm, with choices like pancakes, Eggs Benedict made with good-quality prosciutto, plus more lunchy items like pasta and veggie burgers. Individual dishes are well prepared, but brunch as a whole lacks the extra touches - pastries, muffins, juice, coffee refills - that would make you want to linger.
Kojimachi 1-5-4. Open 11:30am-11pm (Sun. noon-6pm) daily.
While they're closed on Sunday, they do a nice Saturday brunch from 11am-3pm. Y3800 (adults, half price for kids under 12) covers all food, including an hors d'oeuvre buffet, and all the wine you can drink. They also have breakfast service from 8am on weekdays. [See FULL REVIEW
Kudan-Kita 1-10-2. Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Weekend brunch at this bayside brewpub is served 11:30am-3pm.This bayside brewpub features some of the most exciting food in town - well-centered modern American cuisine drawing from European, middle Eastern and Asian influences.
Service is attentive but also personal. The stylishly decorated dining room features an ever-changing art collection, and it's positively cavernous (by Tokyo standards) and mostly tobacco-free. There's also an outdoor terrace looking out over a picturesquely urban canal, with heating in winter.
The Y980 sampler of four microbrew beers is a fun way to start off, but don't neglect the excellent wine list, which offers very good values at every price level. Dinner with drinks ranges from Y4,000-Y8,000 per person. [Show more] [Show less]
Weekend brunch (served 10am-4pm) offers omelets, pancakes, German sausages, barbecued spare ribs and interesting sandwiches.
Nakane 2-3-15. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm. Closed Mondays.
With its Francophile name and decor, this Ebisu hideaway has all the trappings of a French bistro, but it's one of the best places for dim sum in the city. Incongruous though this must seem, once you step through the heavy wooden door, there will be no mistaking the delicious aroma of authentic Hong-Kong style Chinese cuisine. [See FULL REVIEW
Ebisu-Nishi 1-19-6. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:20-10pm (LO) daily.
Lohotoi serves up an excellent menu of high-quality, freshly made Hong Kong-style dim sum on weekends, something that has made them popular with Chinese customers from the neighborhood. The dim sum here is famous, and our dishes of steamed and fried delicacies did not disappoint. Around ten dim sum items - most of which come in easy-to-split even numbers - are available, and nearly everything is delicious. [See FULL REVIEW
Ebisu 3-48-1. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Nothing stimulates the appetite like the words "all-you-can-eat dim sum," and the Grand Hyatt's Chinaroom certainly succeeds in satisfying. Choose from a selection of thirty dim sum items plus desserts for a reasonable Y4200 (lunch only, until 2:30 on weekdays and 3:30 on weekends). The tasty morsels are served in pairs, so it's possible for a party of two to sample the entire menu. [See FULL REVIEW
Though some may think that good dim sum is synonymous with brightly lit, noisy dining rooms and plastic tablecloths, we've found that style and substance coexist harmoniously at Sense. The dim sum experience at this Michelin-starred Contemporary Cantonese restaurant is impeccably refined, yet far from staid or sterile. [See FULL REVIEW