Tokyo chocolate dining

Chocolate ramen, chocolate baths and chocolate karaoke; Tokyo is about to get sticky

Tokyo chocolate dining


Chocolate on the menu

Ore no Hamburg Yamamoto

Hamburger restaurant, Ore no Hamburg Yamamoto, and food and shopping conglomerate Lotte once again join forces to create this year’s edition of their Ghana-chocolate-featuring Valentine treat, ‘Ore Ghana’, on sale from February 1 to February 14. Topped with chocolate and surrounded by a seasonal take on ‘Ore Demi’ (the restaurant’s original demi-glace sauce) that combines Ghana Black Chocolate with balsamic vinegar and red wine, the Ore Ghana is a burger that makes no attempts to disguise its chocolaty involvements.

Ebisu Main Store
Address: 1F Myogahara Bldg, 4-23-12, Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo
Tel: 03 5475 5701
Open: Monday-Saturday, 11am-3pm (lunch), 5pm-2am (dinner); Sunday, until 11pm

Shibuya Shokudo Branch
Address: 1F Wada Bldg, 3-18-5, Shibuya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Tel: 03 6914 2941
Open: Monday-Saturday, 11am-4am; Sunday, until 11pm

Taiyo Branch
Address: 1F Nakamura Bldg, 3-26-1 Higashi, Shibuya, Tokyo  Tel: 03 6419 8991
Open: Daily, 11am-3pm (lunch), 5pm-11pm (dinner)

Hiroo Branch
Address: 5-3-12, Hiroo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Tel: 03 6450 2961
Open: Daily, 11am-3pm (lunch), 5pm-11pm (dinner)

Men-ya Musashi Bukotsu

For the third year running, food and shopping conglomerate Lotte join forces with popular ramen shop Men-ya Musashi (is there anyone they're not joining forces with?) to present this year’s edition of their Ghana-chocolate-flavoured ramen: ‘Miso Ghana 2011’ — on sale (in the limited quantity of twenty portions each day) until Valentine’s Day. With an increased chocolate content of 1.2 in comparison to last year’s, this year’s version powers-up its chocolaty taste to create an exquisite blend of cocoa, spices and ramen soup. Comes topped with a mixture of lamb and pork combined with ingredients cooked in Ghana Milk Chocolate, Ghana White Chocolate and white wine vinegar-flavoured mashed potato. Available from February 1 until February 14. Price, 900 yen.

Address: 6-7-3 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo Tel: 03 3834 6528
Open: 11am-9:30pm (note: ‘Miso Ghana 2011’ available from 2pm)

Le Trianon French Restaurant

In a similar fashion to the two previously-mentioned restaurants, Le Trianon French Restaurant (their head chef posses the qualification of ‘Kyo-yasai Meister’), located on the first floor of Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, has joined forces with food and shopping conglomerate Lotte (surprise!) to offer limited edition Valentine’s course meals that combine the sweet taste of chocolate with fine French cuisine and simple, wholesome Kyoto vegetables. Available from February 1 until February 14. Price, 8,000 yen.

Open: Thursday-Tuesday, 11:30am-3pm (lunch), 5:30pm-9:30pm (dinner); closed Wednesday
Address: 1F Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, 3-13-1, Takanawa, Minato, Tokyo
Tel: 03 3447 1139


For a chocolaty dish that’s a little less sponsored by Lotte, look no further than Tepito’s Mole Poblano: chicken generously covered in a traditional Mexican chocolate sauce — a concoction that’s said to have been developed by a monastery in Estado de Puebla and now plays an important role during Easter and other festive occasions in Mexico. In addition to their Mole Poblano, which features a sauce with a flavour that’s more spicy than sweet, Tepito also regularly hosts live music — check the schedule to add some cha-cha to your choco.

Address: 3F KM Bldg, 2-34-8, Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo  Tel: 03 3460 1077
Open: Friday-Sunday, noon-3pm (lunch); Tuesday-Saturday, 6pm-11:30pm; Sunday, until 10pm (dinner); closed Monday and holidays

Brick oven Pizza Cattolica

Champion artisanal pizza maker Azuma Moriyama studied pizza making at a specialist college located in northern Italy’s Cattolica. His ‘Chocolate Pizza’ is simple: pizza dough made using the best quality Italian flour, topped with chocolate sauce. Baked in a genuine Italian brick pizza oven and with no hidden ingredients, it’s a pizza-lover’s taste-bud treat.

Address: 5-29-6, Higashi-Mukojima, Sumida, Tokyo
Tel: (03)3618 6747
Open: Tuesday-Friday, 11:30am-2pm (lunch), 5pm-9pm (dinner); Saturday-Sunday and holidays, 11:30am-9pm; closed, Monday

The article continues here: 5 to try: Japanese choco tunes

テキスト Akiko Toya
Translated by Brin Wilson
Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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