It's hard finding a good breakfast in Tokyo outside of the international hotels, but this Roppongi Hills cafe delivers the goods. The bright, airy dining room is big and comfortably casual, with glass-paneled doors that open up in warm weather. The atmosphere feels more European than North American - there's a bar area up front (the only place smoking is allowed), an open kitchen, and a pleasant outdoor terrace where customers can bring their dogs. One wall is decorated with old hats, another with antique picture frames, with a big ceiling fan above.
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. Our fresh basil and gruyere omelette was substantial in size and perfectly cooked, with an interior ranging from soft to almost runny. Omelettes are also prepared plain or with smoked salmon, and served with choice of bacon or sausage and baguette slices.
Souffles come in cheese, mushroom-cheese, salmon-spinach, apple-cinnamon and banana-pepper varieties, and they take 20-25 minutes from the time you order. Our mushroom-cheese souffle was outstanding - intensely flavored, moist all the way through and runny at the first spoonful, gradually setting as we continued to eat. The crust was lightly sugared and very soft rather than crusty.
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 (Y2500-5500/bottle). Coffee and orange juice are Y150 with breakfast, and bottles of sparkling wine start at Y4600 in case you want to hold a champagne brunch. Weekday breakfast is served 7-11am and weekend brunch runs 8am-4pm. There's free wi-fi if you want to catch up on your email. Budget around Y6000 for dinner with drinks, and Y1000-2000 for breakfast/brunch.
by Robb Satterwhite
This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.