Buttermilk Channel
Harajuku: American
Buttermilk Channel (Harajuku: American)
Buttermilk Channel
Open 10am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

This Tokyo outpost of a popular New York restaurant serves "Brooklyn-style brunch" and some of the best, and spiciest, Bloody Marys in town. The daily brunch menu features dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, lox platters, Eggs Huntington, and scrambled eggs with mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese. It's Brooklyn style, but strongly influenced by Southern cuisine.

Portions here are somewhat smaller than your typical Tokyo brunch spot, though quite adequately sized for a weekday lunch, and prices are correspondingly cheaper. The advantage of this is that you can order a single breakfast plate if you just want a quick lunch at an ordinary Harajuku lunchtime price. Alternatively you can mix and match and share platters, add on side dishes, indulge in a cocktail or two, and settle in for a leisurely two-hour brunch, even on a weekday.

Worthy of special mention is the excellent "vollkornbrot" toast, which comes with the scrambled eggs and some other platters. Thickly sliced and soaked through with butter, it's more like a dense cake than a heavy bread in texture, and very flavorful. At dinnertime you'll find an expanded menu of creative American comfort foods like duck meatloaf, fried pork chops and grilled-cheese sandwiches.

The dining room is comfortable and spacious, with a number of booths for group parties. Last order at lunch isn't until 3pm, and it's pleasantly uncrowded towards the tail end of lunch. Brunch plates start at around Y1280, with hash-brown potatoes and salad but no beverage. Budget around Y3000 for a full-blown brunch with drinks, and around that or a bit more for dinner with drinks.

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Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-11-11.
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