Saturday, April 23, 2016

Franze and Evans Tokyo : London's Trendy Brunch

Sometimes I feel that I am eating the world via Tokyo. In this 24/7 city which loves to eat, the number of international brands from the East or West are increasing exponentially, leaving the Tokyo-ites to be spoilt for choices. After Bills, Dominique Ansel, Clinton, Rituel and many others, London brunch institution Franze and Evans is one of the latest which has opened its doors in Omotesando Hills. There is a kind of feel-good moment as I stepped inside this warm cosy settings in rustic wooden decor and chic graphic paintings. It makes me want to linger on for a good, relaxing meal without the pressure to hurry.



Breakfast menu here does not the usual full American spread of eggs, bacon or towering pancakes but much simpler. But you won't leave hungry with the fine selection of warm savoury croissants (¥580) stuffed with bacon scrambled eggs or tomato Mozarella. The croissants offered a sharp crackly bite and are darn flaky, albeit slightly too loud that would arouse your neighbour's attention. There are plenty of Mediterranean -inspired cold deli items but those don't call out to me during wintry seasons. 

Other made to order all-day plates include Granola (¥880) and French Toast (¥1280), the latter which was criminally sweet and rich being drenched in dark maltose brown syrup and topped with caramelized bananas . It had a very fine custardy texture that weren't exactly porous to soak up the syrup which is a good thing since sugar was unnecessarily. 
But I think the full spread of cakes and pastries are the best things for those who love (or need) something sweet to start the day. Don't expect those light mousse Japanese cakes here as these are the typically dense Victorian-style cakes. But not all as promising as they looked. The slice Salted Caramel Banana Loaf (¥700) crowned with cream cheese frosting was sapped of the moisture despite looking like a potential winner. 

I prefer the signature Pavlova even though most people would rant incessantly of its sweetness. The cream is fairy airy and light, to the point of non-existence against the crunchy meringue. It's the best pavlova that I've come across in my life and I never knew pavlova could be so lovable. 
There is also some cold deli selection like quinoa salad or grab-to-go salads but I'm still an old Chinese who prefer to start the day with food that is warm or at least at room temperature. There is plenty of spaces without a huge noisy crowd (yet). I left the place with a fully satisfied belly and here is another perfect spot to add to my breakfast list in Tokyo. 


Franze and Evans Omotesando
Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4 Chome−9, 1F
Mon-Fri 9am-9pm
Sat 10am-9pm
Sun/PH 10am-8pm

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