Pancakes, French Toasts.....these might be the food least associated with Japan but their popularity in Tokyo do not lose out to sushi or ramen. Foru Cafe is a home-style cafe near Waseda University and started by a student from Waseda.
Her name is Yukina Hirai and she started this business after being inspired by her working holiday in Sydney. Already popular among students on weekdays, this cafe gets busier on weekends as it has been featured on a popular TV food show. What makes her French Toasts special is that they are made with Brioche (though I doubt it is the first shop in Japan that sells Brioche French Toasts as described). The menu is divided into savoury (Cheese French toasts) and sweet (Brulee French Toasts). While the Raw Ham and Potato Salad Cheese French Toast and the B.L.T French Toast definitely sound appealing, we yield in to the sweet temptation and ordered two brûlée French Toasts. The Tiramisu French Toast ¥850 consists of a tiramisu ice cream on beautifully sugar-torched brioche.
The puffy bread is sliced effortlessly and reveals a custardy layer beneath the golden caramelized crust with slightly charred edges. As always, presentation counts in Tokyo and it is spiced up with chocolate sauce and some heart-shaped puff pastries that were sadly under baked.
The Blueberry Cheesecake ¥850 recycles the same formula but takes on a fruity theme with a large scoop of framboise and blueberry cheese ice cream, raspberry sauce and almonds. Overall, both are remarkably rich and buttery. And nothing beats having a hot French brioche that is send to the tables straight right from the one-man semi open kitchen. Not to forget the irresistible fragrance that greets you even before you stepped into the cafe.
So I highly recommend this place for brunch or any meal simply because the food is delicious yet economically priced below ¥1000. If you head somewhere else, it hits an average of ¥1200 or more.
ForuCafe (For U=For You)
Shinjuku Ward, Nishi Waseda 2-4-2, 6-101
Nearest Station: Tokyo Metro Tozai Line Waseda (5-min walk) or JR Yamanote Line Takadanobaba
Here for official website
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