enigmatic's Reviews ( Cafes )

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  • Lupicia: Roppongi == CLOSED == (Tea / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/30
  • This place is wonderful. I felt terrible for having lived in a tea-centered culture for so long and knowing so little about it. So one afternoon on a shopping trip I went into the store. The staff is fabulous, friendly, helpful, and passionate about tea. I learned a lot from them, and went back for a couple of tea making classes. Once you figure out what you like, you can start ordering for home delivery. This is really good if you live far out of the city and don't have a chance to get to Roppongi very often. I think it's also a good place to bring out of town visitors to learn more about tea.
  • Le Cafe Doutor (Cafes / Ginza)
  • 2009/01/30
  • Disappointment. Say it with me now.... dis-a-ppoint-ment. It felt slightly less like a fancy Denny's, but it is still just a Dotour. The things I hate about "regular" Dotour still exist in this one...it's smokier than a run-down bingo hall. I do not enjoy going in to a place for a simple cup of coffee or sandwich only to leave reeking worse than a night out in Roppongi, sore throat and red eyes included. If you're in Ginza, there are much nicer places you can go for a cup of coffee. I suggest you try them out.
  • koots green tea (Japanese Sweets & Cafes / Harajuku)
  • 2009/01/30
  • This cafe can basically be summarized as a Japanese style tea house with a western twist with organic products. A Starbucks for tea, if you will.

    They have loose organic teas (but they don't sell it bulk...I would totally buy it if they did) and they also have more western-y treats like matcha smoothies. The location is quiet even when it's pretty full.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Shibuya (Doughnuts / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • The smell wafting from a Krispy Kreme is enough to give you a cavity. But it is absolutely divine. In the satellite locations like this one, the line is significantly shorter than at the Krispy Kreme in Shinjuku. Due to the length of the line in Shinjuku, I was never able to enjoy the cafe treats they have to offer (like specialty coffees and smoothies). But in locations like this one you can sample pretty much everything the company has to offer. Just keep in mind that no matter how large or small the Krispy Kreme is, the noise level is fairly high.
  • Narrow K's (Cafes / Kichijoji)
  • 2009/01/30
  • This cafe is a bit small, and doesn't feel as warm and inviting as a lot of other cafes. While the cakes, teas, and coffees are pretty good, they are a bit on the expensive side, especially given the multitude of options available to you in Kichijoji. The only time I go back here now is when I am waiting for someone to meet me and I have more than 10 minutes I need to fill. I can enjoy a snack while people-watching and notice when my group arrives.
  • Delifrance (Bakery / Akasaka)
  • 2009/01/30
  • Typical Japanese bakery chain located all over Tokyo, but this particular chain has more of the things I like than most other bakery chains. The quiche is fabulous, the chocolate chip muffins are heavenly, and the fruit smoothies are almost as good as a smoothie from Baskin & Robbins. They make fresh stuff all day long, but just be wary of the pre-made sandwiches...that thing you think is mayo probably has a healthy dose of horseradish.
  • Dean and Deluca: Shinagawa (Groceries/Supermarkets / Shinagawa)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Dean & Deluca...one of the things I do like about this place is that all of their products are base-line natural. Take the lemonade for example...no concentrate...actual lemons, natural mineral and sparkling water, with a bit of gum syrup. Even though it's a little pricey, it is definitely well worth it. And let's be honest, if you've made the trip out to the immigration office you deserve to give yourself a treat on the way back home.
  • Bagel & Bagel: Ikebukuro (Cafes / Ikebukuro)
  • 2009/01/29
  • I LOVE bagel & bagel!!! You simply must try the "everything" bagel...it has, as you may have guessed, everything on it and in it. Fabulous toasted with plain cream cheese. And the wheat bagels with the sweet basil cream cheese are awesome. Probably the best thing about this place is that they dont' stop at just making different flavored bagels - the cream cheese offers a delightful variety as well. You can also buy extra cream cheese and take it home so you can actually have a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast the next morning (I actually go out of my way to find one of these places since there are none near my apartment).

    Oh, and remember, the sandwiches are made in advance...nothing made in advance is ever as tasty as the freshly made...

    Don't forget the cheesecake!
  • Cafe 246 (Bookstores / Akasaka)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Yummy chicken tenders and creative choices on the menu. It's always really loud, except at lunch time, of course. They have an outdoor patio area, perfect for evening beers in spring and summer. They've also got computers for you to use if you simply HAVE to check your email.
  • astral lamp (Cocktail Lounges / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Aside from the really cool name of this place, it is a nice little hole-in-the-wall location with friendly staff, and good food. It just has the feeling of being your nice little local place...cozy and welcoming. As with many spots like this, though, you really can't take a large group.
  • Sweets Paradise: Shibuya (Japanese Sweets & Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/12/26
  • Holy diabetes, Batman! If you're looking for a great way to send your bloodsugar through the roof, go here. Sweets abound, but the smaller pieces allow you to enjoy without making an extra notch in your belt. Thought their specialty really is dessert, the food is pretty good, too. If feels a bit like a school cafeteria, but the food certainly doesn't taste like the stuff you ate in elementary school.
  • Pink Sweet Berry (Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/12/26
  • Tasty fro-yo is a nice break from the heavy ice creams at places like Cold Stone or even Baskin Robbins. They've got lots of topping options and the staff is friendly with limited English ability (you can order easily, but asking for directions might get a bit more difficult). Prices are pretty much what you'd expect at a place like this. There is usually space available for sitting. Nothing majorly special.
  • ==Close== Rolling Stone Cafe (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/11
  • What a great place. Whether you're hosting an event or looking for a quiet place in Roppongi, it's definitely a good stopover. It has a large patio area, decent food, and a great atmosphere. The bar is very well stocked, and the whole place can be rented out for special events, or you can just host a small group if you make a reservation. The staff is friendly and speedy.
  • Frames: Daikanyama (Cafes / Daikanyama)
  • 2008/11/10
  • I have never enjoyed broccoli as much as I did at this cafe with a retro lounge-style atmosphere. It was, by far, the most melt-in-your-mouth garlic infused delectable veggie I've ever had. If Mom had made them like this, she never would've had to tell you to each your vegetables. Broccoli aside, the staff is pleasant, but the popularity of this cafe means they are stretched a little thin. Definitely worth the walk up the hill, the view is wonderful, if you can get a seat by the window.
  • Starbucks: Shibuya (Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Perfect place to sit and watch the world's busiest intersection. But if you want to sit anywhere, be prepared to wait. Unlike it's other million locations, this Starbuck's comes with one-size cups and a limited menu due to the sheer volume of customers.