In Japan, the rainy season begins in June. This means that there is much more rain than usual. Nevertheless, there are also many sunny days. On these days the weather is perfect. Blue sky and it’s not as hot as it is during the summer months. On such days I crave hamburgers. If you are like me, you might want to try these special burger shops in Tokyo!
Shake Shack Meiji-Jingu Gaien Shop
If the wether is good, I would recommend “Shake Shack”, which is in the Aoyama area. The burger restaurant is facing the famous Ginkgo lined avenue of the “Meiji Jingu Gaien Park (Meiji Shrine Outer Gardens)”. In summer, the ginkgo leaves are bright green and at the end of fall, they slowly turn into a beautiful yellow color. When you walk down the ginkgo avenue, it fells like walking though a yellow tunnel. It truly is a beautiful location – the burger restaurant is just another good reason to visit!
In 2001, Shake Shack started as a food truck in New York. Today, it is known as burger restaurant with save food of high quality. For their patties, they use 100% Angus beef (with no hormones).
So, what did I order? I hat a simple hamburger, french fries and a black sesame shake. When you order, just say: “One Hamburger with all toppings, please!” If you do so, you wont get just a simple patty between buns. For the regular price of only 680 yen you’ll get a hamburger with one beef patty, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and mayonnaise. that’s really reasonable! All together, I paid about 1500 yen.
So, how was the burger? Well, let me put it like this: once you’ve eaten this burger, you can’t go back to fast-food hamburgers. It’s just too delicious! Also, the French fries are great. These crispy fries are highly addictive!
Sitting outside on the patio was very comfortable. The pate is decorated with light bulbs hanging down from the trees. In addition, they have a table tennis set on the terrace. High-school students were playing table tennis while chatting and laughing. It was a very relaxing atmosphere.
On the weekend, this Shake Shack tends to be extremely crowded. The line at the register often has a one hour waiting time… If you want to eat at Shake Shack in Aoyama, I recommend going there on an evening of a weekday.
The Counter Roppongi
Another burger restaurant recommendation of mine is “The Counter Roppongi” which is located inside of “Tokyo Midtown”.
It’s a burger shop from LA. The biggest feature is their “custom burgers”. In other words, you can create your own burger with your favorite ingredients!
There are 80 kinds of patties, sauces and toppings. All together, that adds up to over one million different burgers, the staff told me. If you don’t want to think to much about the best combination of toppings, or if you are in a rush, just choose one of their signature burgers from the menu. Of course, I went with the custom made burger.
I chose: a beef patty, Multigrain Buns, garlic aioli, lettuce , quinoa, tomatoes and avocado slices. Also, I got sweet potato fries as a side menu.
Was brought to our table, was a pretty huge burger. Since Germans (like me) love their bread (and are a little opinionated concerning bread in general), I was very excited to try the multigrain buns. To make it short: the buns were delicious!! (Also, they might be a little healthier than the regular brioche ones ^ ^) Quinoa which is the latest health trend in Japan also goes well with burgers.
The next time I visit, I’d like to try chicken or vegan burgers. For a chicken burger I would choose sautéed mushrooms as a topping and add honey mustard sauce. For a vegan burger apricot sauce and sprout could be the perfect match…
The price of a custom burger is about 1500 yen to 2000 yen. This is a slightly higher price than what you’d pay for a gourmet burger set in Tokyo. But the taste and the “custom made” aspect of the burger is worth the price. Softdrinks have a free refill system and they have a big variety of beer and cocktails. For a special family dinner this might work as well, but considering the price and location, the restaurant is suited more for adults.
Japanese food is great, but sometimes you just want to eat a good burger, right? If you are like me, you should definitely check out these two places! Both of the burger restaurants that I wrote about today are at very nice locations and worth a visit. Enjoy your burger!!
Shake Shack Meiji-Jingu Gaien Shop in Aoyama
2-1-15, Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 11: 00 ~ 22: 00
THE COUNTER Roppongi
Tokyo Midtown Galleria B1
9-7-4, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 11:00 ~ 23:00