You might not know this, but Japanese cuisine was added to the UNESCO ‘intangible heritage’ list in 2013, meaning its something unique in the world not found anywhere else (we won’t talk about that “Japanese” teppanyaki and all-you-can-eat buffet place you liked before you got here.) I could eat my fill of sushi, takoyaki, udon, soba any and every day of the week, but one thing that I constantly pine for is a hearty breakfast. Scrambled eggs and bacon with toast, hash browns, and pancakes… or heaven help me, WAFFLES and SAUSAGE! I grew up in a family where my first meal of the day sometimes bigger than the other two. And after decades of Japan living under my belt, a top ten question is always “where can I get a decent down-home breakfast around here from many a gaijin. Allow me to share a few of my favorites.
This appropriately named establishment does exactly what it says on the label; serve breakfast foods from around the world all day. Thai, Mexico, Poland, Germany, France, the UK, and America are all represented here with decent portions and prices.
“The Breakfast Queen of New York” landed here in Tokyo about three years ago at Lumine II above Shinjuku Station. I couldn’t actually get in the place to have a meal until 2018 because it’s always crowded, but thankfully since then, they’ve opened two more locations around Tokyo and also operate in Osaka and Nagoya too. My favorite NYC export on the breakfast scene and probably the only place where I can get Eggs Benedict with lox here in the Metropolis.
Multiple locations and hours; check Sarabeth’s Japan locations web page for more info.
Have you ever been out in some part of town doing something and afterward intent on getting home but then stumbled upon a diamond of a find and wound up spending more time and money than you should have? That describes my experience with Jade 5 perfectly. After a night out in the area, I fell into this cafe and was blessed with a menu that had BREAKFAST BURRITOS and BLUEBERRY PANCAKES! ‘Nuff said. You know that ain’t appearing any other menus in Tokyo, so I suggest you find your way to Hiroo for some comfort breakfast stat! (Lunch is also good with a BLT with for-real bacon, and actual apple pie like granny makes.)
This entry on the list is specifically aimed at those people like myself who were extraordinarily disappointed upon finding out that Denny’s in Japan is a Bizzaro twin to its American sibling. Not a single Grand Slam breakfast in sight. Royal Host, on the other hand, has all-day breakfast, has a drink bar with unlimited coffee (my savior), and can be found in most major cities in Japan.
Multiple locations and hours; check Royal Host’s locations page (in Japanese) for more info.
— By Jason L. Gatewood
Royal Host Breakfast by Jason L. Gatewood