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I have very fond memories of Shake Shack. When K and I went to Tokyo in April last year, Shake Shack Ebisu had just opened for a couple of days and there was a huge hype (= long queue) as usual with the Japanese. We dragged our luggage over for our first meal after landing and spent almost S$80 on fast food! To be fair, we ordered a lot so the cost was kind of justifiable — 2 burgers, 2 milkshakes, 1 cheese fries, 3 concrete sundaes. Satisfaction level was 100%.

Fast forward one year. This time I met my visiting Matchaya crew member and I didn’t go loco with ordering. A cheesy ‘Shroom Burger and black sesame milkshake (can be stronger in goma flavour but what a brilliant idea!) later, I left feeling 100% satisfied too.

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I don’t understand why Magie Du Chocolat マジ・ドゥ・ショコラ is so popular. There’s constantly a stream of people queuing and because I was sitting right next to the cashier, I could see how much those people were spending. Let’s just say they didn’t hesitate to fork out yen for chocolates. But I was not impressed with their 35% & 75% mixed chocolate soft serve, and the signature baked chocolate soufflé cakes (matcha so sweet omg). Average and very forgettable.

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Hello uni omelette!! Went to Mercer Brunch just for that but ended up with two same-same-but-different plates on the table, score. Because there’s uni, and there’s lobster. The latter has a reddish tinge from the fresh tomato lobster cream sauce and I like the slight sweetness. The one with uni has a more briny flavour so it really depends on personal preference. Worth a try but pity that the texture is not as fluffy as La Mère Poulard’s!

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Because we churn soft serves day in day out at Matchaya, I no longer crave for soft serve ice cream when in Japan anymore. Except perhaps milk flavour as dairy is king here. I found Laitier レティエ by chance; with the eye-catching blue exterior, anyone walking by will pause and take a second look. According to their Facebook page, the milk used is from Izu Farm in Shizuoka (thanks to Google Translate) and lower in fats/sugar yay. I do like their soft serve; very creamy with a whipped texture. Almost as good as Matchaya’s! Hahaha.

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Oh Tokyo, I underestimated your passion for food again. I thought no one will want salads for Saturday brunch but of course, I was so wrong. Cityshop シティショップ opens at 11.30am and there was already a long queue before doors opened. And the line kept forming.

At any one time, there are 15 “delis” (i.e. salads) available, from meat and fish to grains and roasted veg. I picked 5 to customise my lunch plate and it was aesthetically pleasing with so many vibrant colours. Not to mention delicious too, with lots of flavours from the marinations and dressings. Top favourites include the roasted brussel sprouts and cauliflower, saury with Japanese salsa, and pumpkin with yogurt sauce. Almost Ottolenghi-ish!

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Walked past the Potasta ポタスタ outlet at Shinjuku Lumine Est and the tightly packed sandwiches with generous amount of filling caught my eyes. Most are savoury with a lot of greens (e.g. scrambled eggs and tuna) but I wonder how the sweet ones will fare (pumpkin with white chocolate hmm)… I didn’t feel adventurous so the safest dinner choice for me was the wholemeal sandwich with beans and kinako. So fragrant with the roasted soy and the texture of the whole beans was just right, not mushy at all!

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