I am a breakfast person. I go to bed thinking about what I’m gonna eat in the morning. I could eat breakfast three times a day for several days straight without even feeling the slightest bit sick. And I’m not even joking. Toast, sausages, pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict, you name it, I love it.
So I’m always on the lookout for great breakfast/brunch places in Tokyo, and I’m happy to say that there are a lot more options these days than just a few years ago. Seriously, it used to be really hard to find a place that served decent Eggs Benedict. Oh, and don’t get me started on bagels. (Although they may not be a real “breakfast” food per se, I still sort of categorize them with the whole breakfast-brunch-snack type of meal.) It’s still pretty rare to find a REAL bagel here in Japan. In my opinion, most of what they serve as “bagels” are just bread shaped like doughnuts. Where’s the chewiness?? What’s a girl gotta do to get a decent bagel with some good old lox spread?
But anyway. Where was I?
Oh yes, breakfast + brunch.
So the other day when I went to Omotesando with my lovely mother, we had brunch at Clinton St. Baking in Minami-Aoyama. I’ve never been to the one in New York City, but I’m pretty sure it’s just as delicious or maybe even more so than the one here in Japan. My mother and I shared blueberry pancakes (stuffed with blueberries and topped with a bunch too) and of course, the Eggs Benedict.
This place is definitely worth a visit if you’re into breakfast food.
(One bit of advice though, if you’re planning to eat here in Japan, I’d recommend getting there around 11 am or earlier. We got there at about 10:45-ish and there was no line, but the closer it got to noon, the longer the line got outside.)
Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant
Hours: 8 am – 11 pm
5-17-1, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo