Best Sunday brunches in Tokyo
Like any upstanding Sunday-morning ritual, brunch is an institution to be revered and respected -- a leisurely weekend meal spent in good company, lingering over a little comfort food and recovering from the night before.
We love our rotten beans and raw seafood at certain times, but after a hard week, carbs, grease and a hair of the dog are definitely in order. Here's our pick of the best Sunday brunches in Tokyo.
This place enjoys a longstanding reputation for offering some of the best Sunday brunches in Tokyo. Served from 11:30 a.m to 5 p.m., the extensive American menu features classic brunch items such as omelets and pancakes in addition to plenty of standard dishes and tasty fried goodness.
The mimosas are made with fresh OJ and guests can register for the weekend brunch club, which grants a free brunch dish for every ¥15,000 spent.
The patio offers ample space for kids to run around, making it a favorite for families and tired parents. Generous portions and the ever-popular truffle fries won’t disappoint.
Piramide Building, 1/F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
+81 (0) 3 5785 3671
The terrace at this Omotesando fine-dining venue in the Ao building keeps guests coming back for some of the best Sunday brunches in Tokyo. Try the Bloody Mary -- fiery and full of flavor, the secret is in the sauce. Two Rooms is proud of its in-house mix, which can also be sampled with vodka as an oyster shot: Just do it.
Brunch is about much more than the food, and for a cocktail-infused meal, this is the place. The cocktails don’t come cheap, however. Brunch runs 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes a set menu for ¥ 2,950 with two courses and coffee or tea.
The offerings extend beyond traditional egg-laden fare, but the signature Eggs Benedict is a standout on the menu.
Should you decide to stay on for the superb nighttime view, Two Rooms runs late -- bar time is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. the next day (10 p.m. on Sundays).
AO Building, 5/F, 3-11-7 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
+81 (0 )3 3498 0002
Park Hyatt’s New York Grill
Made famous by Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation,” this is the best hotel buffet brunch in Tokyo.
Other hotels offer similar brunch deals, but there’s something special about the combination of the food and the view from this 52nd-floor restaurant, where on clear days you can catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji.
The ¥6,600 menu grants you a glass of Champagne, coffee and tea, access to the appetizer and dessert buffets (which are enough to fill up on alone) and a choice of main course.
The menu selections rotate monthly, but expect a range of poultry, fish and, of course, beef dishes. We adore the ice cream station, where you can customize your own bowl of frozen delights as you savor one of the best Sunday brunches in Tokyo.
3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-105
+81 (0) 3 5322 123
Crawl on over to this casual bistro after an all-nighter for its brunch hours from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Lauderdale is conveniently located in Roppongi Hills.
With French tunes playing in the background, the menu is decidedly European, offering creative twists on traditional brunch favorites.
Menu items are reasonably priced, with each main course served with a choice of two sides. Plus, the free refills on coffee and tea are appreciated.
Try the buttermilk pancakes and homemade soufflés, which have a slightly sweet taste and are well worth the 20-minute wait. There’s also free Wi-Fi on tap to go with one of the best Sunday brunches in Tokyo.
1/F Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka Dori, 6-15-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
+81 (0)3 3405 5533
West Park Café
This unassuming family-friendly restaurant has three locations, but the one in Yoyogi Uehara is the best-known. Brunch is offered until 5 p.m., making it an appealing choice after a visit to Yoyogi Park.
The all-American brunch menu, though abbreviated, has Eggs Benedict and Florentine in addition to the Croque Monsieur/Madame, which are served on perfectly baked homemade rye bread.
You can also buy a loaf of the bread, in addition to homemade bagels and moist, heavenly desserts that are an integral part of one of the best Sunday brunches in Tokyo.
The Bloody Mary leaves a little to be desired, but the staff are quite accommodating in bringing condiments and even extra vodka to spice it up. Brooklyn Lager and other specialty ales from Europe and America are also available, and we love their no-smoking policy on weekends.
There’s an open terrace area that makes for interesting people watching in the narrow streets neighboring the restaurant.
Park Yoyogiuehara 1/F, 23-11 Motoyoyogi-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0062
+81 (0) 3 5478 6065