Omotesando is one of the most fashionable and exciting neighborhoods of Tokyo. There are many luxury brand stores, popular cosmetics shops, very fancy wedding venues.

Today, July 16th, another exciting place opened. It’s “OmoteSando-chaya”, a new style Japanese café!

Chaya is a Japanese word consists of cha (tea) and ya (store).

All you can eat style

This café isn’t a normal café. Surprisingly enough, they offer around 70 kinds of food and drink. For 90 minutes*, you can order up to two items per order. Enjoy Japanese sweets, beverages and snacks at your own pace.

*60 minutes for weekday lunch time

Three must-try Japanese sweets

Okay, now let’s see some delicious Japanese desserts from the menu!

First is Mizu Warabi Mochi.

Mizu means water in Japanese, and the Mizu Warabi Mochi really looks like a big rain drop. The name includes mochi, but unlike real mochi, this sweet isn’t chewy. The texture is jiggly like jelly, but slightly different…you have to try to understand. It’s because this crystal ball shaped sweet is made from water, Japanese agar and warabi powder.

Warabi is bracken starch, and it is the key to the unique texture. It isn’t known as widely as mochi rice flour, but actually, it is also one of the most important ingredients for Japanese sweets.

As you can see in the picture, this photogenic dessert is served in black sugar syrup with kinako, soybean powder.

The second is monaka.

Monaka is a traditional Japanese confectionary. Sweet red bean paste is sandwiched between two crisp wafers. The white square in the picture is gyūhi, a very soft mochi made from glutinous rice flour. Crispy wafers, silky red beans paste, and soft gyūhi. You’ll enjoy the combination of the three different textures!

The third is, of course, matcha parfait! When it comes to Japanese food, you can’t forget matcha, green tea.

You can enjoy not only its taste but also the beautiful color contrast of the green soft-served ice cream and the small white dumplings.

Interesting Japanese savory snacks

Do you not have a sweet tooth? No worries! They also have unique Japanese savory snacks. For example, the one in the middle in the picture below is yakionigiri, grilled rice balls. It is a soy-sauce flavored popular Japanese snack.

Grand Japanese interior design with private partitions

The menu is not the only special thing about this café. As you can see in the picture, all of the seats are partitioned individually. Each partition has a beautiful Japanese motif.

If you have the chance to visit Omotesando, why don’t you try this café?

OmoteSando Chaya

  • Address: B1, Imon Building, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
  • TEL: 03-6450-6037

Business hours

  • Opening Day: July 16th (Fri) 11:00 -
  • Business hours: 11:00 - 21:30 (Last admission 20:00)
  • Price with tax

    Weekday lunchtime : 11:00 - 13:00 (60 minutes)

    • Adult ¥1,280
    • Children Elementary school and below: 880 JPY
    • Infants (4 and 5 years old) 500 JPY
    • Free for children 3 years old or under

    No lunch service during Obon, end-of-year holidays, Golden Week, etc.

    Weekday after 13:00, weekends, and public holidays

    • Adult ¥1,850
    • Children Elementary school and below: 1,150 JPY
    • Infants (4 and 5 years old) 600 JPY
    • Free for children 3 years old or under

By - Mochijapa (Ayano Irizuki).