I know, I know – we’re in Tokyo so why are we eating hamburgers? Well, like I mentioned in the previous post, Japanese restaurants have a tendency to serve one thing and one thing only and after several days where everyone had to agree to one-dish meals, I started googling burgers in Tokyo and found Bareburger Ginza which had just opened the day before (31 March 2016) at the brand-spanking new Tokyo Plaza Ginza department store which was conveniently located a few minutes walk from our hotel in Shiodome.
Bareburger Organic opened its first outlet in 2009 in Astoria, Queens and now has 28 locations mostly in New York but with a few scattered in Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Ohio, Washington DC. Its’ first overseas franchise was in Tokyo with Dubai and Frankfurt opening soon. Voted by Zagat as New York’s best burger and Michelin-recommended for four years in a row (2011-2014), Bareburger has a lot to live up for since they use only free-range, pasture-grazed, humanely raised and antibiotic, gluten and hormone-free beef and chicken. Even the beverages are organic and the french fries are cooked in non-GMO Canola oil.
The menu has Bare “burgers and wiches”, from¥1380/US$13 for the Buttermilk Buffalo Chicken Sandwich to ¥2980/US$28 for the Tomorrow Burger – a limited Tokyo special of Ozaki (Wagyu) beef tenderloin burger . For vegetarians, there’s The Shroom, a wild mushroom patty with alfalfa and balsamic mayo wrapped in kale. There are also Greens (salads) and Bare shares which have side or share portions of french fries, sweet fries (sweet potato), onion rings and buttermilk chicken bites plus a couple of sliders. They have a kid’s menu called Cubby Fare (¥880/ US$8.50) – a choice of Panda (buttermilk chicken bites and buttermilk ranch dip) or a Grizzly (burger with Egmont cheese on a brioche) served with fries, dessert and organic juices (orange and apple) or organic milk. They also have house-made natural soda, lemonade, iced tea and creamy milkshakes and a large selection on organic wines and spirits, organic craft beers and cocktails. Desserts are ice cream sundaes: either the banana foster or the choco-peanut butter.
On both visits, once for dinner and another to indulge the C’s Grizzly craving, we enjoyed the food and the atmosphere plus the super friendly service and English-speaking (a challenge in Japan) staff. We enjoyed the Buck Wild – burger with pimento, fried egg, crispy onions, dill pickles on a brioche bun) and the Supreme – burger with Egmont cheese, country bacon, green-leaf, chopped fried, special sauce on a birch bun topped with house-made onion rings. We shared the fries and rings combo and the buttermilk chicken bites with classic lemonades and a creamy chocolate milkshake served in tall ice-cold aluminum cup. The experience was all-American and guilt-free because of the organic and non-GMO ingredients they use making it one of our best meals in Tokyo. Wonder when they’ll open one in Singapore? Soon, I hope.
Tokyo Plaza Ginza 10-B (10th floor), 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Telephone: +81 3 3572 5315
Open daily, 11:00AM to 11:00PM (Last Order 10:00PM)