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Japan: Bills @ Omotesando (Harajuku)

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Bills at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando is Australian famous chef’- Bill Granger’s 4th venture in Tokyo. I’ve heard raves about how good the brunches here are, afterall Bill Granger is known for being the King of breakfasts. Putting 2 and 2 together – Australian breakfasts + breakfasts by the king of breakfasts, it’s no wonder this outlet could attract queues of up to 3 to 4 hours and even FIVE, when they first opened. CRAZY. 

I wasn’t too keen on visiting Bills because I’ve looked through their menu and thought there was nothing much that attracted me since I’ve had SO many kinds of brunches in Singapore, and I was in Japan! NOBODY GOES TO JAPAN FOR ENGLISH BREAKFASTS! Okay.. I did, eventually. Because my mum whined about having too much Japanese food and she was envious of her friend having eggs benedict… Hence, I succumbed.

Photo 4-3-16, 2 46 57 PMWe visited Bills on a Friday afternoon, and were lucky to be able to get a seat in just 15 minutes!

The Place

Located at the heart of Tokyo – just at the intersection between Omotesando and Harajuku, Bills is strategically located at the 7th floor of Tokyu Plaza. You shouldn’t be able to miss it with the visible signboards at the exterior of the mall. Photo 4-3-16 1 26 06 pmThere’s a lift that goes up directly to Bills in Tokyu Plaza! Or you could just enjoy the ride up the escalators to look at the stores within the mall, they have pretty nice stuff and I even snagged a dress for just $19! Hehe!

As we visited on a weekday, the queue was pretty minimal but I could imagine how it would extend down the stairs during peak hours, must’ve been tiring!

I loved the interior of bills with the natural light flooding in through the clear glass panels and the elegant white-brown design. They apparently have an al fresco dining area as well, but we weren’t able to explore because I was too embarrassed to walk around in the crowded cafe. Photo 4-3-16 1 44 18 pm

They have their own coffee bar as well. I LIKE. Photo 4-3-16 1 46 55 pm
Unfortunately we were assigned to a not so ideal spot for phototaking. But.. Well.. I’ll try to make the best out of it!Photo 4-3-16 1 47 14 pmThe cafe is probably one of the biggest I’ve seen any where, and can you imagine they are still attracting such long snaking queues despite the space and the fact that they’ve been around for 3 years or so already?! The last I heard, someone actually queued for 2 hours to have a meal at Bills! CRAY.

The MenuPhoto 4-3-16, 1 45 25 PM Coffee here ranges from ¥480 to ¥800 (S$5.80 to S$9.65), not forgetting the additional 8% charge.. That makes it S$6.60 to $10.40. Boy, it’s expensive dining here!Photo 4-3-16, 1 45 37 PMThe prices of their cafe food matches that of our Paddy Hills in Singapore.

They’ve got a different menu for dinner too!

The Food

1. Drinks – Mochaccino (¥680) and Cold Brew Iced Coffee (¥580)Photo 4-3-16 1 57 55 pm We had to try their coffee of course. I’m not too sure if they have the one drink per person policy here, which many cafes in Japan do implement. Photo 4-3-16 1 55 02 pmI loved how their coffee was medium bodied, slightly acidic and very smooth. The cold brew I had was SUPER smooth. The standard of their coffee totally justifies its price!

2. Fresh Aussie – ¥1600+, S$19.33+

Photo 4-3-16 2 07 17 pmYes, yes please don’t remind me how ridiculously priced this one is. Poached eggs with avocado, steam greens, cherry tomatoes and their very own gravlax.

I can’t believe I actually paid over $20 for this, just because my mother wanted poached eggs. The entire dish was light, but I don’t see how this makes Bills a darn good breakfast place with such offerings. The gravlax was expectedly well cured, besides that, everything else was just… average.

3. Ricotta Hotcakes – ¥1400+, S$16.90+
Photo 4-3-16 2 08 06 pm THE item to order when you’re at Bills, and of course I had to order it especially since I was a huge fan of hotcakes!

Soft, fluffy pancakes served with banana and honeycomb butter. First, we had to do a pour shot.

Thanks mum! :D

Thanks mum! :D

Possibly the MOST pillowy hotcakes I ever had. The honeycomb butter gave the entire dish an uplift, otherwise it could really taste quite bland on its own. We wished the banana was at least a little caramelized to salvage the lackluster appearance of it on the plate of hotcakes, and it didn’t seem to fit into the dish somehow. They’ve probably dumped it in as an afterthought.

This was how soft the pancakes were. I could sleep on it. Besides the texture and the yummy honeycomb butter, there was really nothing much to shout about, and for that price.. Sigh I think you should try at least once, but I’m pretty sure there won’t be any seconds. The hotcakes can get quite boring after a few mouthfuls, so order this to share amongst your friends instead of having everything on your own!

Closing Remarks

Nah, I don’t think Bills is THE breakfast place to visit in Tokyo, and that further cements my view of NOT doing English breakfasts in Japan because it is not only really expensive, the taste is average at best.

The texture of the hotcakes were seriously of another universe, so I guess that’s the “must-try” factor in this dish. Otherwise, I’d say skip Bills, for there are tons of other places to go and experience when you’re in Japan! I certainly do not think they are worth the hour long queues!

It's so fluffy I'm gonna dieeee

It’s so fluffy I’m gonna dieeee

Best breakfast in the world? To each his own when it comes to food!

How to get there?

〒150-0001
東京都渋谷区神宮前4-30-3
東急プラザ表参道原宿7F

Tokyu Plaza
Omotesando Harajuku 7F
4-30-3 Jingu-mae,
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001

Opening hours
Daily: 8:30am to 11pm
Last order 10pm for food, 10.30pm for drinsk

Reservations can be made 1 month before from their website here!

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