New Cafe Ron Ron in Harajuku offers colorful all-you-can-eat conveyor belt sweets【Pics】

If you’re hungry for cute desserts in Tokyo, the new Cafe Ron Ron offering conveyor belt sweets is a place you’ll want to check out! 

Sweets and all-you-can-eat are words that go together well in our books. Now combine that with the idea of a conveyor belt restaurant, and you’ve got something that sounds delectably fun and tempting.

So when we heard that just such a cafe was opening in Harajuku, you can bet we were excited! We were actually fortunate enough to have the chance to visit this unique cafe a few days before the official opening, and we thought we’d share our experience with you.

Here’s the exterior of the new MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron. The name of the cafe, Ron Ron, apparently comes from the French expression for the purring sound made by cats.

We’re sure everyone who was there was anxious to try some sweets going around on a conveyor belt.

The menu is all-you-can-eat for a 40-minute period at a fixed price of 1,800 yen (US$16), which you pay by purchasing a ticket from the machine at the entrance.

The ticket also includes a drink of your choice, which you can choose from the selection of teas, coffees, and juices that come in stylish bottles.

Some of the more interesting choices available include colorful drinks like rose water, mango & passion, and strawberry & passion. If you’re feeling particularly thirsty, you can buy additional drinks for 500 yen a bottle.

And now, for the sweets. Yes, they really were going around, just like at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, except it certainly wasn’t sushi on those plates!

Plate after plate of dainty desserts moving along right before your eyes — it’s a sweets lover’s dream!

We can certainly understand how people would be excited about capturing the long lane of desserts on their cameras.

You can choose from approximately 35 different menu items going around on the conveyor belt.

And unless you’re intent on eating every single item being served, we think you’ll have a pretty hard time choosing which ones to eat, as everything looks so pretty!

Let’s take a closer look at some of the treats on the menu. There’s jelly in a striking blue color.

And of course there’s everyone’s favorite, ice cream! Now that’s not a dish you’re used to seeing being offered on a plate.

Here’s a lovely looking chocolate cupcake.

The delicate crepe filled with whipped cream and berries looks delectable.

There’s also “cake on a stick” topped with plenty of cream.

They even have brightly colored cotton candy!

We also saw a matcha flavored mousse that should be a refreshing treat.

And not everything on the menu is sweet. If you want something salty for a change, they have potato chips

…and other savory items such as boiled egg and mayonnaise on bread.

And here are some of the items they set aside specifically for us to view on display. Yup, there’s some seriously photogenic sweetness going on there.

The cat-themed treats are particularly adorable! Here’s a strawberry shortcake with a cat motif just begging to be admired as well as consumed.

Who would have thought that a cat tail would add so much style to a macaron?

And here’s a version that combines both a macaron and cotton candy! We hope wanting to try two sweets in one doesn’t make us greedy.

Obviously a piece of cat-shaped chocolate makes cake even more magical than it already is.

We selected a few items to try for ourselves. Having plates of delectable looking treats lined up in front of you is always a thrill, isn’t it?

We also chose a bottle of jasmine tea as our drink, which was truly refreshing and likely to go well with most any of the items being offered.

And how were the items we tried? They were delightful to both look at and taste. The miniature pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries not only looked divine, but the cream and drops of syrup placed on the plate added just the right amount of sweetness.

The dainty miniature dango dumplings made of rice cakes in three colors offered an enjoyable chewy texture without being too strong in flavor.

And to try something from their savory menu, we had this adorable miniature bun with Japanese-style yakisoba fried noodles sandwiched in between. The sauce used in the noodles provided an enjoyable change from the sweet treats.

Also from the savory menu, we tried a bite-sized steamed bun.

The bun contained a pork filling, which again provided a welcome salty flavor among all the sweet desserts.

But now, back to the sweets, since this is a conveyor-belt sweets cafe after all. As our final item, we picked up this dessert steamed bun. And how cute are the small cat paw prints on the bun?

To our delight, the bun contained a satisfyingly rich custard filling, and we loved it!

We definitely enjoyed the treats we tried, but moreover it was simply a delight to see so many colorful and daintily-presented sweets going around the entire cafe. We’re of the firm opinion that you can never have too many sweets options, be it ice cream sandwiches in drinkable form, mystery McFlurries, or even a scoop of the night sky.

The MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron opens Monday, July 16. If you’re looking to get your fill of sweets and salty bites in the Harajuku/Omotesando district, this could be the perfect place for you. And it could also be your chance to find out just how many plates of snacks you can eat in 40 minutes!

Restaurant information
MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingu-mae 6-7-15
東京都渋谷区神宮前 6−7−15
Open: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. (7 p.m. last order)
Website

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Häagen-Dazs ice cream sandwich milkshakes now available at pop-up cafe in Tokyo【Taste Test】

Häagen-Dazs fans will want to check out this limited-time-only cafe before it’s gone at the end of the month!

Häagen-Dazs has proven their commitment to providing us with quality ice cream by constantly releasing premium, fancy, limited-edition flavors like gold-dusted Matcha Opera ice cream. Their delicious flavors are sold as cups, ice cream bars, and, my personal favorite, Crispy Sandwiches.

In this summer heat, though, eating an ice cream sandwich is going to be a messy experience. Luckily, right now we can get the same delicious flavors in a Crispy Sandwich-flavored milkshake at the newly opened Häagen-Dazs Crispy Sandwich Beach Cafe, which is now open in montoak, a cafe and lounge in Omotesando, Tokyo!

They’re offering three delightful flavors: Caramel Classic, Hojicha Wa no Ka, and Triple Berry Rare Cheese, and they cost 700 to 800 yen each (US$6.29-$7.19). Each shake is blended with real Crispy Sandwiches, and topped with half of a Crispy Sandwich, some whipped cream, and other flavor specific-toppings, which means you’re going to get more than enough Häagen-Dazs from one of these babies.

We tried out the Hojicha Wa no Ka, flavored with roasted green tea, first. It’s made with black sugar and topped with whipped cream, red beans, and a Hojicha Wa no Ka Crispy Sandwich, which gives it distinctly Japanese nuances. With each sip through the thick straw, the earthy aroma of roasted green tea fills your mouth, but just when you think that’s the end of it, a refreshing sweetness bursts forth for a lip-smackingly tasty flavor.

If you mix in a little bit of the whipped cream and read beans as you go, it tastes just like a Japanese sweet served with green tea. Plus, the pieces of the wafers that have melted into the shake give an extra nice touch to an already complex flavor. You won’t be able to stop drinking this one!

The Caramel Classic, with its crunchy topping of caramel nuts, is a very satisfying drink. It’s not too sweet, and has a hint of bitterness to it, which gives it a very mature flavor. It seems like something a rich lady would be drinking as she walks her perfectly coiffed toy poodle around Omotesando.

The Triple Berry Rare Cheese is a very summery milkshake. The berries provide a nice sweet and sour aroma to the shake, while the pink color gives it a very bright appearance. With strawberries mixed in along with a bit of jam, this shake has an undeniable fruitiness that berry fans will love.

These shakes are big. You’ll want to bring a hearty appetite with you when you stop by this stall, so we don’t recommend that you come on a full stomach.

If you want a little bit more than a milkshake, though, they also have Crispy Sandwich Shake Parfaits, but they’re limited to just 100 per day, so if you want to try one, you should get there early. They are priced at 1,296 yen each ($11.65).

Though this pop-up stand will only be open until July 29, you can still enjoy at least one of the flavors after it closes. The Hojicha Wa no Ka Crispy Sandwich is now available in supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide, so if you really just can’t live without more of that roasted green tea flavor, you’re in luck.

Cafe Information
Häagen-Dazs Crispy Sand Beach Cafe / ハーゲンダッツ クリスピーサンド ビーチカフェ
Address: montoak, Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingu-Mae 6-1-9
東京都渋谷区神宮前6-1-19モントーク
Take-out hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last order 7 p.m.)
Eat-in hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. (last order 9:30 p.m.)
montoak’s hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Mon-Thur, Sun); 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. (Fri-Sat, the day before a holiday)
Website (Japanese only)

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Mr Sato tries the gorgeous new bonsai parfait that everyone’s talking about in Harajuku

The delicious bonsai dessert comes in three different varieties.

If you’re on the lookout for delicious treats in Japan, Tokyo’s hip Harajuku district is the place for you. While the bustling central area of Takeshita Street is probably best known for its variety of crepe stands, strolling a little further down into the backstreets of Harajuku, known as Urahara, reveals some other tasty treats as well.

Tucked away in a side street here is a beautiful wooden building that catches the eye, and it’s home to Tsurukamero, a Japanese restaurant that takes its name from tsuru (crane) and kame (turtle), two auspicious animals which can be seen on the facade of the building.

Tsurukamero is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner, with some creative menu items that take their inspiration from some of Japan’s famous icons.

While the meal options here are enough to stop hungry passersby, the restaurant has been attracting attention recently for its unique dessert selection, which comes in the style of beautiful bonsai. With three varieties to choose from – chocolate, matcha, or berry banana – our sweet-toothed Japanese-language reporter Mr Sato was curious to find out what it would be like to eat a bonsai, so he took a trip to the restaurant to try the new dessert for himself.

Despite us pleading with him to try the matcha variety, which comes complete with a taiyaki fish-shaped sweet red bean cake and an adzuki-flavoured ice cream on a stick, Mr Sato could not be moved once he’d set his eyes on the chocolate option. As a firm lover of chocolate, he ordered the Choco Parfait, and when the waitress told him it would take ten minutes to make, he knew he was in for something special.

▼ When the dessert was delivered to the table, Mr Sato’s eyes gleamed with delight.

The parfait came served on some beautiful Japanese tableware, with the main components sitting inside a small bowl in the middle of the dish.

Although the images on the menu made it look like the bonsai pine tree branches were inserted into the dessert, Mr Sato was happy to find that this wasn’t the case. Instead, the pine tree decoration sat gracefully on the side of the tray, creating patterns in the light, which became more and more pleasant to look at as he tasted the dessert.

The parfait itself was rich and creamy, with mounds of ice cream and fresh cream throughout, yet also light and refreshing, thanks to the addition of fresh blueberries. What really made Mr Sato’s toes curl, though, was the delicious chocolate powder and sauce, which filled every mouthful with the sweet and decadent flavour he’d been yearning for.

After finishing the dessert, Mr Sato gave it two enthusiastic thumbs up. Not only is the 800-yen (US$7.46) price reasonable for desserts in the area, it’s also a nice relaxing spot to stop while strolling around the Harajuku backstreets. Plus, not only are the parfaits delicious, they’re gorgeous to look at too, and will no doubt turn all your friends to jelly when they see your photos of the dessert pop up on social media.

Store Information

Tsurukamero / 鶴亀樓
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-27-2
東京都渋谷区神宮前4-27-2
Hours: 12:00 p.m.-4:00p.m., 5:30p.m.-10:00p.m. / weekends and public holidays 12:00p.m.-10:00p.m.

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Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku launches spring menu full of crazy kawaii-ness

The Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku has just released a new seasonal spring menu, and it looks like the insanely colorful offerings won’t disappoint!

The Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku, which has been an icon of Japanese kawaii culture since opening in August of 2015, has just launched their “Spring Lunch Fair” campaign. The new items on their menu certainly look worthy of the cafe’s reputation as a “visual representation of the colorful and crazy Harajuku district.”

▼ The cafe is designed after Harajuku, which they’ve described as a “monster”
that gobbles things up and expands, creating a unique culture in the process.

The new spring menu features “poisonous-looking yet cute” items  in typical monster kawaii style and includes the latest in the cafe’s popular line of original hamburgers, as well as easter-themed desserts made in collaboration with major snack manufacturer Lotte. Let’s take a closer look at the seasonal items!

The spring lunch menu includes the colorful dishes below:

The “It’s Time for Flower-Viewing (hanami) Burger (2,400 yen, US$22.47)


Hanami, or flower-viewing, is a big deal during spring in Japan, so it stands to reason the activity has been made into a hamburger! This sakura-themed creation features pink buns with a menchikatsu (fried minced meat cutlet) patty, garnished with salsa and topped with a sakura leaf. It even comes with a bit of dessert, in the form of sweet dango dumplings in three colors.

The Fujiyama Taco Rice (2,100 yen)


This dish offers a Mt. Fuji made of pink rice with flavored meat “lava” flowing out of the mountain, topped with cheddar cheese and garnished with prawn chips, while the green vegetables are meant to represent the vast “sea of trees” (jukai) that surrounds the actual Mt. Fuji.

The Colorful Vegetable Parfait Fondue (2,200 yen)


The ingredients in this dish, which include brightly-colored quail’s egg, purple cauliflower, and pieces of blue bread (in addition to the more ordinary looking sausages, shrimp, and cherry tomatoes), not to mention the pink and purple cheese sauce, are certainly eye-catching. The idea here apparently is supposed to be that the eggs are monster eggs and the cheese sauce is a kind of “honey” from a fantastical carnivorous plant.

The cafe has also created delightfully quirky-looking Easter-themed desserts in collaboration with Lotte, which you can order as part of a set meal in place of a regular dessert for an extra 400 yen. The “Lotte Enjoy Easter Kawaii” desserts include the following two options:

The Pink Rabbit Easter


This playful dessert represents a rabbit that has had too many Lotte Chocolate Pies and Custard Cakes and has turned into a giant monster Pink Rabbit! The dish involves a Lotte Custard Cake base topped with a Lotte Mini Choco Pie and strawberry, wrapped in a generous serving of strawberry cream.

The Koala’s Easter Island


This dish is supposed to represent the “Lotte Easter Island“, made in the image of floating dessert islands inhabited by the koalas from Lotte’s popular Koala no March snack. The dish includes a “Custard Cake” island, a “Chocolate Pie” island, and a “Pie no Mi chocolate biscuit” island decorated with colorful cream and Koala no March biscuits.

There are also desserts you can take away as well, which again can be ordered in place of a regular dessert for an extra 500 yen. Below are the two take-away options:

The Chihuahua Wa Wa Cake


This colorful cake was designed in commemoration of the Year of the Dog and is made from strawberry mousse contained inside a layer of yogurt mousse for a combination which should delight children and adults alike. Unfortunately, the green cream decoration doesn’t come with the cake when it’s to take home.

The Mushroom Cake Bite!Bite!Bite!


This is what a lifeform from the cafe’s Musroom Disco area looks like when turned into a cake! The image here is of a carnivorous plant about to devour some brightly colored easter eggs. The inside of the cake contains chocolate ganache covered with white chocolate mousse, so it should be satisfying as a sweet as well as eye-popping to look at. (Again, the decorative green cream is not included with the take-away cake.)

So do the new items look colorful and kawaii enough to you? The spring menu is available now until April 8, so do check it out if you’re not afraid of the bold designs and colors!

Restaurant information
Kawaii Monster Cafe
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-31-10, YM Square Building 4th floor
東京都渋谷区神宮前4丁目31‐10 YMスクエアビル 4F
Telephone: 03-5413-6142
Open 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for lunch and 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. for dinner (weekdays and Saturdays); 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sundays and holidays)
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Mr. Sato lives it up like a Harajuku schoolgirl, eats Japan’s longest soft serve ice cream cone

When it comes to battles against giant food, always bet on Sato.

Though he’s far too much of a tough guy to let it show, we think Mr. Sato might be feeling a little down in the dumps. See, there was a time when he had sole claim to the title of SoraNews24’s giant food taste-tester.

Crazy attracts crazy, though, and recently some of our other reporters, guys Mr. Sato has taken under his wing, have started their own adventures in gluttony. And that’s fine; it makes Mr. Sato proud that he’s being such a good sempai by helping these young bucks expand their horizons and stomach linings. But we don’t want him to forget his salad days of oversized junk food, and so recently we sent him to eat what’s being billed as Japan’s biggest soft serve ice cream cone.

The Long! Longer!! Longest!!! snack cafe just opened its doors on March 1. Located on Takeshita Street, Tokyo’s mecca of teen fashion in the trendy Harajuku neighborhood, Long! Longer!! Longest!!! is clearly aimed at the social media crowd, boasting that it has taller/longer ice cream cones, churros, cotton candy swirls, and twirl-cut French fries than you’ll find anywhere else in the country. “Long!”, “Longer!!”, and “Longest!!!” also happen to be the names of the three sizes they offer, and since Mr. Sato never gives anything less than maximum effort (even when his ultimate goal is to be lazy), he obviously went with a Longest!!! ice cream cone, which set him back 700 yen (US$6.60).

Watching the employee prepare the swirl was an elegant display of technology and technique.

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▼ The finished product

Usually when we do our taste tests, we have to keep telling ourselves to slow down and take our time taking photos, resisting the urge to start eating right away. This time, though, Mr. Sato felt that time was of the essence, since the ice cream’s towering height had him thinking it could topple over at any moment. He also recommends having your phone out and the camera app open before you get your dessert, since the less tapping and swiping you have to do while trying to keep the cone perfectly upright, the better.

Somehow, Mr. Sato managed to fire off a few selfies, though the grip necessitated by the size of his treat meant he couldn’t risk flashing a “fashionable-schoolgirl-in-Harajuku” peace sign. Figuring he only had seconds left until the ice cream went diagonal, he took his first bite, and found that he didn’t have quite as much to worry about as he thought he did. Long! Longer!! Longest!!! makes its ice cream with just the right amount of moisture, and while it’s creamy with no trace of harsh iciness to its texture, it’s not at all watery either, giving it a surprising amount of structural integrity. Flavor-wise, it’s really tasty stuff, with plenty of milky goodness…so much so, in fact, that Mr. Sato ate the whole thing all by himself.

▼ Like we said, Mr. Sato always goes all in.

The cone itself is garnished with cereal flakes, and after consuming so much creamy ice cream, their crunchiness almost felt novel to Mr. Sato’s teeth, and acted as a crisp ending punctuation to his dessert, and also a reminder that Mr. Sato will always be ready to eat whatever his fans want him to.

Restaurant information
Long! Longer!! Longest!!!
Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-7-3, Cute Cube Harajuku 1st floor
東京都渋谷区神宮前1-7-3 キュートキューブ原宿1F
Open 10 a.n.-8 p.m.

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Tokyo cafe offers all-you-can-eat pie, makes us wonder why we should ever eat anywhere else

Yeah, all those boutiques in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku district are nice, but this is our new favorite place in the neighborhood.

A while back, we made our first visit to Tokyo’s all-you-can-eat cookie buffet restaurant, which was unquestionably a life-changing moment for all of us here at SoraNews24. But nutritionists say it’s important to have a varied diet, and so this week we switched things up with a trip to a Tokyo cafe that’s offering all-you-can-eat pie.

The Harajuku neighborhood is best known for fashion shopping, with high-end international brands’ flagship stores along the sides of the wide Omotesando boulevard and trendy teen-oriented boutiques packed into the narrow corridor of Takeshitadori, a street right across the road from Harajuku Station. On Takeshitadori you’ll also find one of the three Japanese branches of The Pie Hole, a bakery that started out in Los Angeles before making its way across the Pacific.

One of the most important words for diners in Japan to know is tabehoudai, meaning “all-you-can-eat.” As of February 14, though, the Takeshitadori Pie Hole is offering a “pie-houdai” deal, with unlimited pie for 80 minutes, and so we rolled up on the first possible day, arriving at about 2:30 in the afternoon.

As we expected, there was a line. With about 10 people in front of us, we ended up waiting 45 minutes for a table, which was actually a shorter time than we’d braced ourselves for. Maybe we got lucky with it being Valentine’s Day, when most of Japan’s collective sweet tooth is biting into chocolates.

While we waited, we looked over the menu of all-you-can-eat options, which included nine varieties of sweet pies. There are also a few savory options to choose from, but we were here for dessert, and resolved to eat as many of the sweet pies as we could.

For the pai-houdai, The Pie Hole allows you to order up to four types of pie at a time, and once you’ve cleaned your plate you can order another batch. Since the restaurant charges 1,620 yen (US$14.70, after tax) for the all-you-can-eat deal, and single slices are ordinarily priced at around 450 yen, we decided to go all in and four slices to start, thereby instantly recouping our investment.

As our server went to get our pies, we walked over to the self-service drink station that’s part of the pie-houdai package. Customers can pour themselves a cup of orange juice, coffee, or tea (the latter two either hot or cold) to help wash down all the pie, and refills are free.

Soon enough, our server was back with our first round of pie. We decided to go straight down the menu, starting with the Salted Honey Custard, house-specialty Mom’s Apple Crumble

Earl Grey Tea (with white chocolate mousse), and Chocolate Raspberry pies.

Each and every one of them was deliciously satisfying, but we actually found ourselves wishing we’d saved the chocolate raspberry for our meal’s finale, since it’s also extra-filling. Still, being the pros we are, we enjoyed every last bite, and then put in our second order.

The Salted Caramel Pecan was a taste of the Deep South in the Far East…

…and the Pumpkin Pie was so good that we wondered why it isn’t eaten more often outside of Thanksgiving. Finally, the half-moon shaped Strawberry and Lavender was elegant in both appearance and flavor.

Sadly, the Matcha Green Tea pie had proven so popular that it was already sold out for the day. To compensate, our server brought us a second type of apple pie that’s not supposed to be part of the all-you-can-eat pie lineup, so we were pretty pleased about beating the system, so to speak.

Speaking of extra goodies, the all-you-can-eat pie deal doesn’t automatically include ice cream, but if you follow The Pie Hole’s official Twitter or Instagram account, then upload a photo of your pie-houdai experience, you can get some free scoops.

Having polished off eight different pies, we’d saved ourselves some 2,000 yen, and that’s not even counting our drinks. The Pie Hole’s pie-houdai promotion continues until March 28, offered on the Wednesday of every week, and is definitely worth taking a weekly break from all-you-can-eat cookies for.

Restaurant information
The Pie Hole Los Angeles (Takeshitadori branch) / ザ パイホール ロサンゼルス(原宿竹下通り店)
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-5-12, Ito Building 2nd floor
東京都渋谷区神宮前1-6-12 ITOビル2F
Open 10 a.m,-8 p.m.
Website

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Brand-new salmon sashimi bowl joint in Tokyo’s Harajuku is perfect for hungry fashion fans, bears

Restaurants that specialize in salmon sashimi are few and far between in Japan, but now there’s one right in the center of Tokyo.

Tokyo’s Harajuku district is about fashion first and foremost, but it’s still a multi-faceted part of the city. The narrow alley called Takeshitadori is where you’ll find outlandish teen trends, while Omotesando is the wide, tree-lined boulevard where international fashion houses have their flagship stores.

Then there are the backstreets collectively known as Ura Hrajuku (“Inner Harajuku”), where up-and-coming designers display their wares. As of the end of last month, though, Ura Harajuku is also where you’ll find a restaurant called Kumada.

Kumada is a relatively common family name in Japan. Meaning “bear field,” it’s usually written in Japanese as 熊田. However, this restaurant’s sign says 熊だ, literally “we are bears,” and once you take a look at the menu, you can see why.

In Japan, tuna gets the biggest share of the sushi and sashimi glory. But salmon is also an incredibly popular choice to be eaten raw, and it often beats out tuna in sushi preference polls. And so Kumada dedicates itself to the favorite fish of many sashimi lovers and just about all bears, serving a menu made up almost entirely of salmon sashimi bowls.

Bowls start at a reasonable 980 yen (US$8.75), and available toppings include Nagano-caught Shinshu salmon, Miyazaki-sourced Nishimera salmon, and even seared aburi salmon for those who don’t like to eat their fish as raw as actual bears do. Since Kumada’s ursine allusions had us feeling extra hungry, we decided to splurge on the 1,580-yen Salmon Sanshu Tabekurabe Bowl, which comes with three kinds of fish, like a sashimi sampler served over rice.

The first component we tasted was the Norwegian salmon (pictured above), which was moist, firm, and delicious.

Equally tasty, but in its own way, was the Japanese Shinshu salmon, with a smoother, more refined taste.

Our final topping was yukimasu (maraene), a whitefish also caught in Nagano. It’s technically not salmon, but it has a texture and sweetness not far removed from sea bream, and so we were happy to have it in our bowl, and the flavor made for a great combination with our two types of salmon.

Once you’ve finished off your toppings, it’s time for yet another great part of the meal, an included in the price of all Kumada’s sashimi bowls is free ochazuke, made by pouring hot green tea over the rice and sprinkling on thin-cut nori seaweed and sesame seeds.

You also get one last piece of salmon sashimi, served with a pat of mentaiko (spicy cod roe).

Kumada just had its grand opening on December 29, but with a great location that’s an easy walk from Harajuku or Meiji-jingumae Stations, we look forward to going back often whenever we feel the need to get in touch with our inner bear.

Restaurant information
Kumada / 熊だ
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-20-10, Sukigara Building basement level 1
東京都渋谷区神宮前3-20-10 すきがらビルB1
Open 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays
Website

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