As an Aussie, I cannot help but crave great coffee with awesome meat pies. It’s the norm in Sydney, or anywhere in Australia for that matter. In Tokyo, it is more the exception, although there are a few cafes on my list that I still need to visit. Coffee has come into its own of late in Japan, but good quality pies are still hard to come by. Luckily, I can definitely recommend Byron Bay Coffee Cafe.
I remember a few years back when coffee seemed to be limited to the retail chain cafes or Starbucks. However, in the past 5 or so years, the coffee and espresso scene is slowly changing in Japan. Fashionable cafes, with great tasting coffee, are now popping up everywhere. Enter Byron Bay Coffee, with stylish cafes in Nihonbashi (Mitsukoshi-Mae) and Hamatsucho (Daimon). The quaint, but rustic look gives it that slightly upmarket and trendy vibe, and it works.
Aussie Coffee Culture
One thing to try from their coffee selection is Australia’s very own Flat White. This is very much our own coffee creation from our booming coffee culture. You only have to visit places like Flinders lane in Melbourne or Randwick in Sydney to understand what I am on about.
The Flat-White concoction was created way back in the 80s, and has since spread to Japan, but also the state’s very own Starbucks. Without getting too technical, a Flat-White is similar to a Latte in some reapects. The key differences are the microfoam and stronger coffee taste. In contrast, Lattes use more milk and typically have thicker foam, but I digress.
Try the Pie
Yet, the key attraction for me at Byron Bay Coffee is its Meat Pies. My particular favourite is the ‘Gravy Beef’, and that is essentially what they are, but with some kick to their bite. Other alternatives include Tomato, Tomato and Mashed Potato and the classic Apple Pie. Bonus, you can get the Apple Pie with Ice cream too for an extra 100 yen. Unfortunately, I stick with what I know and in my last three visits, always went with the Gravy Beef. All pies are 650 yen, excluding the Tomato and Mashed Potato which is 750 yen.
Other options on their cafe include the standard selection. You can choose from an Espresso, Long Black, Mocha, Latte, Cappaccuion and Hot Chocolate. Oh and don’t forget the Flat White. The genuine aussie coffee taste is definitely there, if not diluted slightly. Plus, it works surprisingly well when combined with a pie. I am really waiting for them to make a combo set though.
Either way, the pies are the key selling point for me. This combined with a quality drop of coffee and you’re set for the afternoon. It is enough to keep me off the craving train for now.
You may also be interested in Allpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & Cafe, another stylish cafe in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa with fantastic coffee.
Byron Bay Coffee Details:
Nihonbashi Opening Hours: 8:30 am-7:00 pm every day.
Nihonbashi Address: Tōkyō-to, Chūō-Ku, Nihonbashihonchō, 1−5−２ 152 Building or find it on google maps here.
Hamamatsuchō Opening Hours: 7:30 am-6:00 pm, closed on Sundays.
Hamamatsucho Address: Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Hamamatsuchō, 1−23−9, Sezon Building Hamamatsucho or find it on google maps here.
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