Tokyo Brunch Recommendations for This Weekend May 7-8
If you're looking to finish your Golden Week off in style, check out these great Tokyo terrace restaurants.
The French Kitchen
The flagship French bistro at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Roppongi Hills offers two different packages under its Grand Weekend Brunch, which provides the perfect setting for friends and family gatherings to relax and indulge on classic bistro buffet offerings with free-flowing champagne, wine and cocktails. It’s a must-try for all brunch lovers who are looking for a relaxed meal with a touch of French luxury. To make the most of the beautiful summer weather that is finally forecast for this weekend, reserve a table on the lush, spacious terrace. Package A (¥6,200 per person, plus tax and service charge) includes a full seasonal buffet by chef David Bellin and one glass of Louis Roederer champagne. Package B (¥8,800 per person, plus tax and service charge) includes the same buffet food, as well as 90 minutes of free-flowing Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne, red and white wine, cocktails of the day, port wine matching the cheese buffet, house spirits, and soft drinks. The brunch buffet is limited to two hours.
Hours: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
This large Italian restaurant in Bunkyo-ku is a popular place for weekend lunches, especially when the weather is nice. The reason for this is its 160-square-meter terrace, complete with tents shading some tables, plenty of beautiful greenery, and even a small fountain. During the month of July, Aoi Napoli is hosting a summer truffle fair, with truffle pizzas, pastas, a main dish of the day, and even truffle desserts such as vanilla ice cream with a truffle caramel balsamic sauce. Prices for items on the special menu start at ¥500 for desserts and ¥1,700 for pasta. Also on special is Chandon Brut sparkling wine, which pairs perfectly with truffles, starts at ¥700 for a glass or ¥3,600 for a bottle. A long brunch with friends or loved ones on a sun-filled terrace, complete with truffles and sparkling wine: what could be a better way to spend a weekend afternoon in summer?
Hours: 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
An extensive menu with unique offerings like a Grey Goose oyster shot, plenty of salad options, a fruit plate, and also classics like eggs Benedict, French toast, and steak makes Two Rooms a popular destination on the weekend brunch circuit. If you can snag a seat on the open terrace, the views over bustling Omotesando will make you want to laze there all day, sipping mimosas and gossiping with friends. The brunch set (¥3,300 per person) includes a choice of a starter, main dish, and tea or coffee, but to really treat yourself, go for the special brunch course (¥6,100 per person), which gets you two starters or one plus a pasta dish, a main dish, dessert, and tea or coffee. And extensive wine and cocktail list is available to wash it all down.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Good Morning Cafe & Grill
Located directly across from Toranomon hills, Good Morning Cafe & Grill has taken a fairly lackluster location in the middle of the concrete jungle and created a great place to dine outside. Potted trees and misting fans help keep the outdoor space cool, and large awnings provide shade for some tables. Rather than a view that looks down on the city, this one allows guests to gaze up at one of Tokyo’s tallest and most striking skyscrapers. The cafe opens at 8 a.m., making it perfect for early risers and those with kids. Both a morning menu and a lunch menu are available, offering options such as scrambled eggs, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and steaks. Prices are reasonable, starting at ¥630 for eggs and ¥950 for a burger set.
Hours: Morning menu, 8–10:45 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.