Commune 246, Omotesando

Tokyo. What’s not to love?

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Rare to see these which makes it a bit artsy when you do.

We headed to Commune 246 at Omotesando. It’s a space with 17 or so establishments- food trucks and fixed shops.

We tried so many!

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Brooklyn Ribbon Fries

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Small order of All Spice. Thin and fried!

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Dote cafe

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Steak was a bit tough (ugh, wagyu has ruined all other steaks!)but it was tasty and meal was teeming with veggies. The various beans cup were good, too!

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Cori. Vegan food stand

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Hummos with bread. The bread wasn’t toasted though which I would’ve prefered.

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Ichizu

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Cold Soya. Very smooth. Little A liked this. Lemonade from Dote cafe with honey in the bottom.

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Fish coop

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We ordered Mentaiko Mayo fries. Remind me to make at home! Should be easy enough. Piping hot fries enough to burn your tongue (it did!)

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Breton

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Rib! We had to wait for 20 minutes for this but tender and flavorful.

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Tonpai Kitchen and others. We didn’t get to order from them. Coz we were soooo full!

You will find a food truck Avenue B soup and veggies. Don’t ask for soup. They don’t have soup. 😂😂😂

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When we visited, they were having a spice event.

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We were given samples for these curry rice in cute spoons!

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If you go up the stage, they will play a short light projection show. The plates are plain white. Then….

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The little chef will cook curry for you….

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Tadahhhh! Brought to you by Bon Curry Neo. They give you a 500yen coupon afterwards which you can use in Commune.

11am to 10pm
Www.commune246.com

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A New York Day in Omotesando (Part 2)

Another NY brand we visited that day was Dominique Ansel’s new bakery at Omotesando.

It was the opening day and we braced ourselves for the waiting time.image

Looks can be deceiving. That’s not the line.image

Here is the line on the streets. There’s another snaking line on the parking lot beside the shop. image

And a line inside the shop.

This line is just for the first floor food items. Don’t line up there if you wish to eat at the cafe– there is no (snaking) line for that. The menu, however, is different and you cannot order first floor items.image

The cakes and baked goodies better be great!image

This Kouign Amann was worth lining up for. They gave tasters while we were lined up.image

Here’s another look– such a happy pile of breadimage

Madeleines that were given out as well. Real good! image

Almond croissants on display. Sadly the famous Cronuts were no longer available. image
Matcha Monaka Cookie which is only available in Tokyo.image

Croissantsimage

Display of cakes and pastries to try out! The cat is made of creampuffs; Tokyo Brest (instead of Paris); pine cone gingerbread cake;  lime tart; sunflower tart; Chocolate cake with mousse; The fluffy cheesecake; and caramel eclair. image

On this side, you’ll find the chocolate eclair, a 25 layer apple gratin, the lychee and coconut pavlova, cherry tart, and tiramisu.

Of the three cakes we tried, I liked the Sunflower Tart the best because the sunflower part is made with mango strips. It reminds me of home! 🙂  The rest were too sweet for me! Oh my gosh, I think my tastebuds turned Japanese!

The Lychee Young Coconut Pavlova was packed with fruits which was great. The meringue shell, though, was cloyingly sweet. It was dusted with gold leaf though so you feel a bit royal eating this pavlova.

The lime tart was interesting– you pour out the sugar mixture resting on the white chocolate curl then squeeze the lime on the cake to get an instant caramel. However, I felt that the citrus flavor was too strong. In any case, I like this better than the pavlova!

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Frozen S’mores are made to order. They torch the mallows right in front of you. It is of course best eaten soon after. image

I liked this dessert for the multiple textures on each bite. image

Another made to order dessert is the cookie shot.

That’s the creative chef right there. He was so down to earth and friendly. He was on the street watching the dancers perform (they hired some to keep the waiting people entertained). No one else bothered him– I took the chance and asked for an Anselfie (his term). Hooray for Japanese shyness/politeness!

Fyi, they serve the cookie shot at 3pm onwards. The interactive part makes this quite popular but it’s not something I would go back for. Again, I found this a tad too sweet. As with everything though, you got to try it once.imageNew Open (I think this is purposely on Japanese English ‘coz it is easier for locals to understand, no?)

The staff all speak English so it’s really not a problem if you can’t speak Nihongo. And if you want to speak Tagalog, look for Maria Cristina– the friendly server who handed us the freebies while waiting in line.

They really know how to take care of guests 🙂 They gave face misters, water, and umbrella to anyone who needed them.

Worth a try if there’s no line. We wouldn’t try this stunt again. Not in the near future anyway!

Website here

A New York Day in Omotesando (Part 1)

I like Omotesando. It has all the foreign things you need. image And sometimes, you need lobster roll! Luke’s Lobster serves 3 types of rolls. image Lobster image Shrimp image Crab

The rolls are buttered and toasted, swiped with mayonnaise and filled with awesome seafood that has secret spices and bits of cold butter.

They also have seafood mix and match wherein you can get lobster with shrimp, shrimp with crab, lobster with crab. Set meals are also available for an additional 400yen, you get chips and a drink.image They serve several special alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. The ginger ale soda looked particularly interesting specially on a hot sunny day.

Luke’s Lobster is easy enough to find.

Valdirections: go to Omotesando station, take Exit A1. Turn on the corner of Kiddyland and you’ll find it on the first corner on your right.

Enjoy!

Ukai Tei Omotesando

Let me start with this:

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A cart of desserts for your picking. 

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This is after they serve your main dessert.

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I asked for the classic starwberry shortcake. They served it like this.

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L had the pistachio éclair with ice cream

But first, the entrance photo taken by Little A.

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Our reflection on the lower left area.

We were seated in the salon and served hot tea while waiting for our private room. Normally, counter seats are offered so you can see the chefs working on the teppanyaki. But, they dont allow kids under a certain age to sit there so we were given a private room instead.

Once we were shown inside, we only had to wait a couple of minutes before the gastronomy magic happened.

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Marinated small prawn with asparagus baba (what Little A call bubbles). It was so flavorful too!

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This was supposedly a cold onion soup but we wanted hot soup so they swapped it wih clam cream soup.

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Sauted Bream. It sounds so simple, right? But it was so good.

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The chef is shaving mushrooms on top of the grilled fish.

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Fresh ingredients and high skilled chef make my tummy really happy.

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Next up. Ukai tei’s top quality beef. We didn’t upgrade the beef to *best* quality because L and I agreed that best quality might be too calorie-fic for us! Also, we just ate steak the other day…so…

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Look! small but omg, so rich!  Do you see the garlic chips? How amazing are those? The onion strips were sweet!

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Close up of wagyu

Little A was meh on the fish. Ate only a little. But, this dish? I was too slow in preparing her fork, she just used her hands to feed herself!

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Afterwards came the meal which consists of fried rice, pickled veggies and miso soup. To make sure you are full, teehee!

Then, we were whisked off to the dessert parlour where we had the most amazing dessert spread. We shared a platefull of petit fours and drank coffee (in my case, milk with coffee) while Little A roamed around the room and squealed in delight (cakkkeeeees!)

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Another look

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Strawberry pudding that is also part of the trolley desserts.

Ukai tei is one of the best lunches I have had recently.

Website here
5-10-1 OMOTESANDO-GYRE 5F, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
TEL.+81-3-5467-5252
Reservations can be made online

Maisen Tonkatsu

We’ve passed by Maisen’s Omotesando shop countless times but never went inside. After a seminar in the area, we went in for a snack.

Fine. It was more than a snack. It was maybe a snanner or a dinack. Hehheh.

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Tonkatsu with Egg. The meat was tender you could mistake it as ground meat.

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DrG’s order. I didn’t get to try this but it was pork slices in barbecue sauce.

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Siomai is good! All pork. No extenders.

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The secret sauce!

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Sweet and Hot

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Old Japanese bath house with the original light switches

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The thought of eating at an old bath house doesn’t seem to be a good idea, no? It is a little off putting. But, Maisen has always been a crowd pleaser. The lines are long at peak hours. We were lucky to be seated without having to wait.

Maisen will open at Manila soon.

Website here

Address Tokyo-to 4-8-5 Jingumae Shibuya city
Access The subway “Omotesando” station Than A2 exit, 3 minutes on foot
Business hours 11:00~22:45

A Spontaneous Day in Tokyo (Part 1)

A holiday right smack in the middle of the week! How exciting!

DrG woke up Little A and we all got dressed to go to breakfast at Bills, Omotesando.

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At the 7th floor of Tokyu Plaza

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Books you can browse or at least we thought we could. Nobody else were.

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Posters and prints on the wall

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Sunrise Smoothie. Yogurt based drink with banana, orange and berries

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Valrhona hot chocolate.

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Homemade Lemonade Soda.

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DrG ordered the full Aussie (1900 yen)
The scrambled organic eggs were creamy and very butter-y. The gravlax was a bit too toasted on the edges but still good and chewy. The dish has crunchy bacon, tasty pork and fennel sausages and herbed button mushrooms and a roast sweet tomato. Why is it called a Full Aussie? Cause you’re going to be sooo full after eating everything on the plate!

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The Ricotta pancakes that led us to Bills (1350yen)

Three very fluffy pancakes came out many minutes after the other dish (they did say it takes a while) but it was worth the wait! They came out warm and soft- like clouds with slowly melting honeycomb butter on each layer. The pancakes weren’t sweet at all which surprised me because I’ve always had sweetened pancakes. Nothing a drizzle, a dallop, or drench of syrup wouldn’t solve! Pockets of ricotta gave a creamier bite.

The place was totally packed and a line formed quickly after we were seated.

If you find yourself up early in the morning *and* craving for pancakes, go to Bills.

You can always reserve seats for dinner. The full lunch and dinner menus are on their site. The pancakes are available the whole day.

Website here
Opens at 830am
Access: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F
4-30-3 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
TEL +81 3-5772-1133