Harry’s Sandwich Co strikes a careful balance between homemade comfort-food and authentic American cooking. Especially, when your Californian friend reassures you of its genuine American character, taste and authentic atmosphere.
Harry, is the humble owner, chef, bartender, kitchen hand and service staff (did I miss any?). A true American from the San Francisco area. Harry comes across very down to earth and is full of knowledge, not only on the local area but greater Tokyo food scene too.
Love for All
In fact, his love of both Japan and home is apparent. The walls of the cafe are filled with stunning pictures of the bay and surrounding area. Including some impressive sporting takes featuring the Warriors NBA team and the 49ers football team. Overhearing his conversation about his love for video games and Pokemon-go with other clientele further proves this theory.
The little eatery is located in the narrow backstreets of the stylish district of Harajuku. His prime location is locked away on the third floor in an aging unassuming building resembling a residential block. The location is a little obscure, but with ample signage, it is easy to navigate the maze of pathways and staircases. We follow the stairs up to the top floor and we are pleasantly greeted by his distinct orange colour scheme.
Today seems to be our lucky day, as we find the little cafe-esque shop deserted. Just our luck? In any case, we were pleasantly surprised there were no lines to deal with during the peak of lunch hour.
A True American Menu
The menu itself is pretty simple to follow for most options. Sandwich combos include chips and drink. Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous you can size up 400 yen for a beer or other alcoholic beverages. The great sense of value here is that prices are the same for lunch and dinner no matter the time of day.
This was our debut to this cool little eatery. Naturally then, we consulted Harry for his recommendations. He gestured us towards the Meatball Hero and Pork Cubano. The Meatball item he told us is his current seasonal favourite.
Our Culinary Experience
The Meatball Hero, as its accurately named, contains homemade meatballs in a deliciously blended marinara sauce. This is complemented with fresh mozzarella cheese inside the fresh bread roll. The mix of homemade meat, sauce and cheese flavours in a sandwich was a wild ride for the senses.
The Pork Cubano is a sandwich inspired from Cuba. It features grilled seasonal pork and ham, combined with mustard, cheese and pickles. All of these ingredients inside two slices of toasted bread, help to make a crunchy, meaty taste with an extra kick. The pickles definitely help to complete the delectable experience.
After finishing our order, we were both still feeling hungry for more. This was considering the fact we had both skipped breakfast, we knew we needed more to cure our hunger. So, we consulted Harry again. This time he offered us an off the menu special he appropriately names the Buffalo Chicken.
Out of the three sandwiches we ate, this the best yet. According to my friend, this was a sandwich in true American style and zest. I believed him too, as this was the most tantalising dish I had tried so far. The chicken combined with Frank’s Red Hot sauce and blue cheese is a meal sent from heaven. Its ultimate blend of rich, creamy and spice is an explosion of flavours for your taste buds.
Harry’s menu is full of other options too, with many vegetarian-friendly choices. These include the Nassu, which comes from the Japanese word for eggplant. He also packs a Caprese and Grilled Cheese among other non-meat friendly options.
As an Aussie living in Tokyo, I love the flavour, cultural richness and variety of Japanese cuisine. However, it must be my foreign (gaikokujin) blood that always betrays me with western cravings I ultimately need to satisfy. So, I am glad to say that Harry’s delivers by the bucketload. We strongly recommend you check it out soon!
Harry’s Sandwich Co Details:
Opening Hours: 12 pm – 11 pm every day except Tuesdays
Address: Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingūmae, 1-16-7, MS Building 3F or you can find it here on google maps.