Good Eats

Good Eats: Ivorish (Fukuoka/Tokyo)

I’ve always been a bread girl. I don’t eat nearly as much now as I did in my younger years (rice is more of a staple in the Uncover Japan household) but oh, it’s torture to walk past a bakery here and not buy something.

And when it comes to breakfasts, I leave the eggs to my husband. It’s French toast that I go for nearly every. single. time.

Which is why I can’t TELL you how excited I was when I learned a few years that a French toast specialty restaurant had opened up in Fukuoka. Yes, that’s right. A restaurant devoted entirely to French toast. I was equally crushed when we left Kyushu without my ever having made it to Fukuoka.

The entrance to Ivorish (the eatery is in the basement)

The entrance to Ivorish (the eatery is in the basement)

Luckily, Ivorish decided a move to Tokyo was on their agenda as well and I popped into their Shibuya branch the other month for a hearty, wheaty breakfast.

The restaurant doesn’t take reservations but we got there a few minutes after it had opened on a Sunday and had no trouble securing a table for three. The menu is both on paper and chalked above the semi-open (or at least glassed in) kitchen off to the side of the room.

The picture menu

The picture menu

Ivorish offers both savory and sweet French toast. Being a French toast purist, I opted for sweet but I couldn’t pass up the seasonal special with pumpkin, marscapone cheese and sliced almonds. My daughter allowed me to sample her fresh berry portion – the grapes were an interesting touch but the raspberries and strawberries were deliciously fresh, not frozen. My husband went for the nutty caramel choice, with a fantastic crumble topping and really rich sauce.

My husband's full portion of the nutty caramel French toast ... with crumbled Oreos!

My husband’s full portion of the nutty caramel French toast … with crumbled Oreos!

 

My half portion of the pumpkin French toast

My half portion of the pumpkin French toast

I wisely opted for the half portion and was more than satisfied. The full option will leave you loathe to even contemplate lunch or dinner that same day.

Ivorish is a short walk from Shibuya station and is the perfect place to enjoy a rather unique brunch while in the city.

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