Travel Report: Blue Garden Restaurant – Harajuku, Tokyo.
February 2019. Wonderboy and I were delighted to have escaped the obnoxious crowds on Tokyo’s manic shopping zone Takeshita Street. Having fought our way onto the parallel-running peacefulness of Brahms Path, we began actively seeking out a good spot for lunch. I wanted somewhere quiet, a place to kick back for a bit and reflect on what had been an amazing few days of sightseeing. When we saw Blue Garden Restaurant I instantly knew we’d come to the right place. Perched over Brahms Path’s cobblestones and accessed via a stone staircase, its spacious interior is tastefully decorated with leather chairs, soft sofas and long wooden, dining-room-style tables. So far, so good!
February 2019. As we settled into Blue Garden Restaurant my initial thought was that lunch here was probably gonna cost a pretty penny. But I couldn’t have been more mistaken! As the friendly waitress explained, we were just in time to catch the back end of their set lunch deal. For a mere 1000JPY (£7/€8/$9) we could stock up at the salad bar, choose a main and a soft drink, then help ourselves to complimentary tea and coffee at the end. Not too shabby!
February 2019. The quality of Blue Garden’s food also exceeded our expectations. Everything at the salad bar was fresh and tasty, while the mains were fantastic! Wonderboy chose a cheese-topped pan-fried beef patty with potato and vegetables, while I plumped for the ginger chicken. Both dishes came served with piping hot white rice.
February 2019. Blue Garden Restaurant turned out to be an ideal place to chill out for a while. With the lunch period over it soon emptied out so it was just ourselves, a smattering of other customers and Hepburn and Monroe for company. Whipping out the Mac, I managed to get some work done and Wonderboy even nodded off completely to the dulcet tones of Jack Johnson.
February 2019. Blue Garden Restaurant went down as one of the best value meals I had during my time in Tokyo and indeed I’ve since seen it pop up on several online articles with complimentary taglines like “hidden gem”. Their lunch period runs from a very generous 11:00-17:00, while they also do a more expensive dinner deal priced at 3000JPY (£20/€24/$27).
You can find Blue Garden Restaurant on the leafy respite of Brahms Path, an utterly charming and inexplicably quiet side street off Takeshita Street.
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