Saturday, July 27, 2019

Cavalock and The Tokyo Starbucks Roastery Rendezvous

One of the highlights of this year's Tokyo vacation has got to be breakfast at the new Tokyo Starbucks Reserve Roastery over at Meguro. It's pretty easy to get there. Depending on where you are, you could take the train to Shibuya station. Then head to the Toyoko line. Bit of a walk through the station but if you been to Tokyo before, it's no big deal. Board the Toyoko line train and alight just two stops later at Nakameguro. Head up to the surface and use your Googlemap to find the building. It's a nice stroll down the river, it would had been a lovely walk if it was sakura season as that's where all them sakura trees are. Anyway, just walk straight down the road and you can't miss it.

Now the Baker-at-Home and I have a strange relationship with Starbucks. We used to visit them at least once a week when we were dating then stopped completely once we got our own little apartment. We rather drink our own coffee at home or at kopi tiams and other smaller joints. We just weren't that crazy bout the oversized Starbucks mugs and the watered down, sugar-laden swill sold back home. Too harsh?

But really, even if you aren't a fan of the coffee, you should visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo when you are in the city. This is a really cool iconic 4-storey building. I'm no architect or interior designer but I like the design and layout of the place. It's spacious as well as immersive and even though it's crowded it doesn't feel busy and cramped. I can imagine if they open something as big as this in Singapore, the whole place will be swarming with students who will park their asses there the whole day. You don't see such selfish and inconsiderate behaviour in Tokyo.

All that pix is just the ground floor where we had our breakfast, upstairs you got a floor for tea, another that's part of a bar and cold brew coffee, an outdoor terrace and lounge. I had the butterscotch latte that was rather pleasant. Definitely a place to drop by for a unique experience, something different from the usual Tokyo attractions. Go as early as you can on a weekday cos I heard there'll be a queue later in the day. Think they open as early as 7am or 8am.

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