Akasaka: Burgers
Authentic (Akasaka: Burgers)
Open 11am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

This cozy backstreet diner serves a menu of American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches, to stay or to go. The unusual broccoli cheeseburger (Y1270) is one of our favorites - the slightly crunchy broccoli florets slathered with melted Monterey Jack cheese sitting atop the burger yield a pleasing combination of textures and flavors. Another novel offering is the peach burger (Y1200), made with yellow cling peaches in syrup.

The rest of the burger menu covers more traditional ground, with toppings like avocado, bacon, chili, egg and cheese, along with filet-o-fish if you're not in a carnivorous mood. Burgers are made from premium-grade meat, incorporating 20% wagyu beef, and the crisply fried bacon is also first-rate.

The menu is rounded out by a roster of sandwiches (pastrami; BLT; grilled chicken; grilled ham, cheese and egg) and hot dogs, but the burgers are the main draw. We were a bit surprised by the extra charges for fairly standard condiments; for example sauerkraut on your hot dog costs Y150 extra, and there's a charge for pickles, but that's a minor complaint.

The dining area has space for 18 at tables, plus a few seats at the counter. Note the early closing hour (8pm) on weekends.

Minato-ku, Akasaka 2-18-19.
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