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Start Your Morning Off Right with Breakfast in Shinjuku!

Dec 10, 2019

Why not start your morning in Shinjuku? Many train lines will take you to the metropolis, making it a convenient location for tourists. Before you start exploring the city, it’s a good idea to have some breakfast first. In this article, we will introduce you to three restaurants in the Shinjuku area when you can have a balanced breakfast.

Indulge in Specially Brewed Coffee at Paul Bassett Shinjuku

Paul Bassett Shinjuku is a stylish café that was founded by World Champion barista Paul Bassett. By specially focusing on the beans, roasting techniques and baristas, this café’s collection of specially selected coffee beans from all over the world are hand-roasted to make fine cups of coffee.

Photo:Yohei Fujii

This highly aromatic coffee is freshly brewed when you order off of Paul Bassett’s morning menu. There are usually six varieties of bread and pastries such as danishes available, and when you choose one you can purchase a drink for an additional 250 yen. Other dishes on the morning menu include croissant sandwiches and healthy fruit and quinoa salads.

We recommend trying the Eggslut, a dish consisting of a baked baguette and creamy soft-boiled eggs, and fluffy Ricotta Cheese Pancakes with Special Maple Syrup that are mixed with plenty of meringue. As for their drinks, it’s worth trying the Flat White, a latte made with an excellent balance of coffee and milk.

Even though the café is in the basement, it still gets a lot of natural light. Relax in this casual space that has around 100 seats available. Paul Bassett is a bit far away from Shinjuku’s busy city center, so it’s the perfect place to relax and take time getting your day started!

Paul Bassett Shinjuku
Shinjuku Nomura Building B1, 1-26-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-8:30PM (Last order for food at 7:30PM)
Saturdays: 8:00AM-8:00PM (Last order for food at 7:00PM)
Sundays: 9:00AM-7:00PM (Last order for food at 6:00PM)
The morning menu is available until 11:00AM
Phone Number: 03-5324-5090

Try Riceballs Made with Fine Ingredients at Odamusubi

Stop by the Odamusubi Flagship Store on the underground concourse near the West Exit of Odakyu Shinjuku Station, and pick up the special Breakfast Riceballs Set consisting of two riceballs, miso soup and three side dishes.

Odamusubi takes pride in the ingredients that they use to make their riceballs. Hitomebore rice from Miyagi Prefecture and high-quality seaweed from Harimanada, a part of the Seto Inland Sea located off the coast of Awajishima, are used. Specially selected seasonal ingredients are used for the filling.

There are so many different kinds of riceballs that you’re sure to have trouble choosing what to get! Once you have selected what you want, you’re free to use the eat-in space, or you can get the food to go. As Odamusubi close to the station, it’s a convenient spot to grab some breakfast!

Odamusubi (Flagship Store)
Odakyu Line Underground West Exit Concourse, 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: Weekdays - 6:30AM-9:00PM (Last order 8:30PM)
Saturdays - 6:30AM-7:30PM (Last order 7:00PM)
Sundays, National Holidays - 6:30AM-7:00PM (Last order 6:30PM)
The morning menu is available until 11:00AM

Try the Japanese Comfort Food Ochazuke at Dashi Chazuke En

Ochazuke is a dish that has been eaten in Japan for a long time. It is made by pouring green tea, dashi (fish-based soup stock) or hot water over rice that has already been cooked. You have a chance to try this traditional comfort food for yourself at Dashi Chazuke En. This restaurant presents ochazuke as “Japanese Fast Food,” and the varieties of ochazuke available include toppings that go well with their high-quality dashi soup. Anyone who stops by can enjoy the authentic flavor of ochazuke at this restaurant.

Dashi Chazuke En’s dashi soup is very carefully made, as it is the base of the umami flavor of the dish. The soup is thoroughly boiled at low heat with kelp, dried sardines, dried frigate mackerel, dried and smoked mackerel, and dried bonito added to create a rich flavor. Chicken broth is then added for an even deeper flavor. Finally, sake, sweet rice wine, white soy sauce, and roasted salt are added to complete this high-quality dashi soup. The soup is served in a kettle, so you can choose how much you want to add to your rice.

The rice and toppings are prepared just as carefully as the dashi soup. Domestically harvested rice that makes for delicious ochazuke is used in every dish and the toppings are specially selected. Although there is only one type of dashi soup at Dashi Chazuke En, you can experience different sides to the soup depending on what toppings you select.

Stop in before 10:00AM to order from their special morning menu. You can choose from four varieties of ochazuke, and the meal includes a side dish and pickled vegetables. If you’re extra hungry, then you can ask for a large serving of rice. Don’t worry about running out of delicious soup – you can get as many refills as you like!

Place your order on the touchscreen outside of the restaurant. The touchscreen menu is in English as well, so the ordering process is smooth and straightforward, even if you don’t know any Japanese. Enjoy a modern take on a traditional Japanese dish at Dashi Chazuke En!

Dashi Chazuke En (Odakyu Ace Branch)
Odakyu Ace North Building, West Exit Underground Area No. 1, 1-5 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Monday-Saturday, 8:00AM-11:00PM (Last order at 10:30PM)
Sundays and National Holidays, 8:00AM-10:00PM (Last order at 9:30PM)
Breakfast is available until 10:00AM

There are many places in Shinjuku where you can pick up a quick breakfast. Start your day off on the right foot and eat a balanced breakfast!