New Zealand Café is only minutes away from MIMARU Tokyo Akasaka, and it’s one of my go-to places for a genuine coffee experience and great food. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can enjoy the aroma of AllPress Espresso while chatting with friends or enjoy the sights and sounds of the Akasaka neighborhood over a meat pie.
Lamb sandwich and New Zealand style iced coffee
Working in the early morning as a hotel receptionist at MIMARU Tokyo Akasaka, the number one question I am asked is, “How did a Texan like you wind up in Japan?” The second most asked question is, “Where can I get some good coffee?” The first answer involves a ninja and is way too complicated to answer in the early morning, but the second question has an easy three-word answer – New Zealand Café!
Open daily from 8:30 A.M. to 8:30 P.M., you can enjoy food products from New Zealand, such as hand-pressed coffee made from AllPress Espresso beans and popular foodstuff. My first time, I immediately went for the Lamb Sandwich – I love lamb! What really caught my eye, though, was the New Zealand Style Iced Coffee. “What is New Zealand Style Iced Coffee?” you ask! It’s AllPress Espresso over ice, sweetened with Manuka Honey with a big ol’ scoop of hokey pokey ice cream on top!
Now, in Texas, we always do the hokey pokey. We stick our right hand in and our right hand out, and we most definitely shake it all about…but I had never heard of hokey pokey ice cream before! Turns out, it’s vanilla ice cream with an actual honeycomb in it! A big scoop of it goes right on top of your coffee, and boy does it taste great. Looking around the shop, you will notice they sell a lot of honey products, as well as other goods from New Zealand which can be found in their second-floor gift shop.
Dad’s Pies and kiwi juice
Coming from the USA, I’ve had chicken pot pies, pumpkin pies, and of course apple pies. Now, thanks to New Zealand Café, I can add Dad’s Pies to that list! Another type of New Zealand-based food they serve – and this one is my favorite – is a delicious meat pie with tomato sauce on top which comes with a salad too! Every bite has a bit of flakey crust, savory meat, as well as sweet and sour tomato sauce.
Perhaps you visit New Zealand Café in the evening and aren’t in the mood for a caffeine kick, or you’re not quite on board the coffee train yet. Don’t worry! They offer a multitude of other things, like juices, smoothies, hot chocolate, and even New Zealand beer for those who want to wind down after a day out in the bustling city. I usually go with the kiwi juice, as I love kiwis. Does anyone else eat the skin off kiwis, or is it just me? Is that even safe?
Lunch special sandwiches are a must!
Another great thing about New Zealand Café is their lunch special – homemade sandwich plates. Since their sandwich of the day changes daily, you will never get the same one twice. From BLTs to spam and egg, hamburger steak to fried chicken – all their sandwiches are homemade and ingredients endless. If you aren’t in the mood for the soup and salad which come with their lunch special, you can opt for a full-sized sandwich instead and double the enjoyment.
Next time you’re at MIMARU Tokyo Akasaka, just ask me which way to New Zealand Café, and I’ll point you in the right direction…which is left! Located under the big New Zealand Gift Shop sign – you can’t miss it! Be sure to say hello to Jimmy Hajime, the manager, for me!
New Zealand Café
- Open hours
- 8:30am to 8:30pm
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