Bagel shop 5 minutes walk from Akihabara train station. Only opened from 11:00 to 14:00 on weekdays and the 1st and the 3rd Saturdays of the month. Haven’t had a chance to try their bagel sandwiches but the bagels are delicious enough to eat on their own. It is a branch of Garden Berries in Chiba which I have visited before.
Add: 1-8-14, Izumicho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
(Jun 02, 2008)
Absolutely amazing bagels! Apparently it is so popular among bagel fans that on weekends, a queue will start to form before the shop opens at 11am and the bagels often get sold out early in the afternoon. I tried my luck on a weekday when I happened to be in the neighbourhood. I only managed to get there by 1:30pm but there were 9 different kinds of bagels available and no one was waiting. Though when I left, people started to queue….I think I was just lucky. Each person can only buy up to 10 bagels. Price of the bagels ranges from 180yen to 250yen each. A bit expensive for just bagels but they are very big and very solid. You can order bagel sandwiches too – 600yen for two choices of filling. I had potato salad filling for half of the bagel, and pumpkin salad for the other half. The shop is so tiny and has no cafe space so I had to take-out the sandwich and ate somewhere else. Very delicious sandwich but the bagel was not toasted. Later I toasted the rest of the bagels at home and they were much much nicer.
(Dec 02, 2009)
My first visit after the shop had moved to Shirogane. The bagels are just as great and now the shop is much bigger and they seem to have made more bagels. There was no queues on a weekday lunch time!
Maruichi Bagel (マルイチベーグル)
Back to this super delicious bagel place with a friend(see tag for old entry). We went there about 20 minutes before the shop opened at 12, the queue was shorter than last time, but unfortunately the people before us(about 10 people) were all going to eat-in and we couldn’t fit into the first round! Waiting for the second round would mean having to wait for at least an hour, and the shop staff refused to let us put down our names and perhaps wait in a coffee shop nearby or something….we hesitated but it was a long way there and stupid us, we didn’t prepare a Plan B….so we ended up waiting outside the shop, standing and starving and hot, staring at other people’s food through the window for an hour. ^^;; Potato soup came with the lunch set. I had the potato and chicken and zucchini gratin, which was alright. The salad however was very delicious. And of course the freshly baked spinach bagel, the thing we came for, hot from the oven, was very very good. Bought loads to take away too – black sugar and soybean flour, coffee and raisin, caramel and chocolate, taro, lemon apple, cheese pepper, and fig. But I think this will be my last time coming here…just too much effort. ^^;;
Pomme de terre
Super popular bagel shop…I went there 15mins before the shop opened and there were already 12 people in the queue….oh my. I was planning to eat-in and also take-out, but then I was alone and got kinda panicky about whether I should get a seat first or buy the bread first or how can I do both at the same time…^^;;. But then the girl from the shop came out and asked everyone in the queue if they wanted eat-in or take-away, and miraculously most of the people just wanted to take-away, so I got a seat reserved immediately and I could get the bread first before sitting down….yet by the time it was my turn, the most popular item “miso bagel” was sold out! And 45 minutes after the shop opened, all the bagels were sold out….for the day!!!!!! Crazy!!!!!! The counter table in the second picture was lined up with bagels when I got in, but when I was still eating my lunch, only a few were left over, and yet people still kept coming and getting shocked about the sold-out. Anyway, the lunch was grilled chicken with bread-crumbs, and of course a freshly baked carrot bagel on the side. The chicken was so tender and nice, the vegetables fresh and sweet, and the bagel was crispy on the outside and chewy inside, incredibly yummy!! Also came with a cold potage and coffee, 1200yen. I wish I live nearby and can lunch here everyday!
Pomme de terre