5 Spots For Boozy Weekend Brunches In Tokyo
From unlimited champagne plans to bloody Marys And Pancakes
There's no reason to wait until after dark to meet your friends for dinner and drinks as a growing number of restaurants in Tokyo now offer brunch-and-drink plans worth getting out of bed for.
So, whether celebrating someone’s birthday or just looking for a place to catch up with friends over good food and a couple of midday drinks, these five spots in Tokyo guarantee you a pleasant weekend outing.
Starting off our list in stylish Ginza is Mercer Brunch, a restaurant that advertises itself as a New York-style brunch specialty store. Perfect for weekend birthday celebrations or special occasions, champagne brunches and outdoor terrace seating are available from April until the end of October during weekends and on public holidays. The restaurant’s specialty is French toast and the regular brunch menu starts at ¥1,700 per person to include 11 French toast variations such as salmon and eggs or vegetables and pork confit. Champagne starts from ¥1,100 per glass or a Mimosa cocktail will set you back ¥1,200.
Where: Kirarutoginsa 4F, 1-8-19 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
When: From 10 am to 5 pm, champagne plan available weekends only.
Cost: Regular brunch menu from ¥1,700, champagne brunch plan ¥4,600 per person.
At Ruby Jack’s Steakhouse & Bar in Roppongi, a special weekend brunch menu is popular with expats in Tokyo. It’s a little pricey but for ¥10,000 you can put the ‘booze’ into boozy weekend brunches with the 90-minutes all-you-can-drink package to include free-flowing champagne, red and white wine, the classic brunchtime Bloody Mary cocktails, spirits and beer. Main courses are primarily meat-centric, with options such as Prime Rib Roast and Steak and Eggs available. For those not looking to go all out at breakfast time, a cheaper plan is available to include a glass of champagne only, or you can opt for the brunch set which includes a starter, main course and tea or coffee for ¥2,750 per person.
Where: 2F Ark Hills South Tower 1-4-5, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Saturdays and Sundays only
Cost: All you can drink 90 minutes package at ¥10,000 per person.
In the fashionable Roppongi Hills area lies the casual American style brasserie Roti, popular in Tokyo with expats for their affordable Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner options. The restaurant also offers an extensive brunch menu, available on weekends and national holidays. Worth a particular mention from their brunch menu are the blueberry pancakes, and avocado toast with soft poached eggs. In addition to a more traditional breakfast style menu, there are also six kinds of burgers to choose from along with a number of salad options. While there’s no all-you-can-drink option available with brunch at Roti, the restaurant does have special deals on bottles of wine, available at just ¥2,600 each.
Where: Piramide Building, 1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Weekends and national holidays from 11 am to 5 pm.
Cost: Main course from ¥1,400 per person, bottles of wine from ¥2,600 each.
At the Grand Hyatt hotel, there are two restaurants to choose from for brunch. At The French Kitchen, diners can enjoy seasonal dishes with a French flair with a three-course buffet to indulge in. The 90-minute Grand Weekend Brunch package is available to include the buffet and all-you-can-drink alcohol for ¥8,800 per person. Alcohol options include champagne, wine, cocktails and house spirits.
The Grand Hyatt’s second option is the new weekend brunch menu at The Oak Door steakhouse. The four-course champagne brunch menu includes main dishes such as Wagyu beef tenderloin and their signature Truffled Oak Door burger. A free flow drink plan is also available for the same cost as the French Kitchen.
Where: 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
When: Weekends and national holidays.
Cost: ¥8,800 per person for 90 minutes free flow drinks package plus brunch at the French Kitchen or the Oak Door.
While there isn’t currently an all-you-can-drink option available at Bills, it would be wrong to publish a list of brunch venues without including this popular Australian chain. Bills currently has four restaurants in the Tokyo area and is well known amongst locals for being a top brunch spot, with long lines often forming outside the Omotesando branch every day of the week. The breakfast menu is available until midday and is well worth the wait in line. For weekend brunches, try visiting the Odaiba branch, it’s quieter during the mornings at weekends and is open from 8 am. Situated next to Odaiba beach in the Decks shopping mall, it’s a lovely spot to enjoy brunch before taking a stroll on the boardwalk.
If you’re missing a traditional western style breakfast try the ‘Full Aussie,’ a huge plate of eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, roast tomato, and mushrooms.
Where: Decks Tokyo Beach, Seaside Mall 3F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo and other locations
When: Breakfast menu available weekdays from 9 am, weekends from 8 am.
Cost: From around ¥1,500 per person excluding drinks.
For other recommended brunch spots in Tokyo, read this article.