Cheese Meets Meat

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Name: Cheese Meets Meat

Kind: Restaurant

Location: 35°42’00.14″ N 139°45’10.76″ E

Station: Suidobashi Station or Korakuen Station

Phone: 050-5597-3769 (+81-50-5597-3769)

Free WiFi: Unknown

Worth it? Absolutely.

Our Rating: ★★★★★

Last updated 8/23/2020

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In western Tokyo, just south of Tokyo Dome City, there’s an upscale little restuarant called Cheese Meets Meat. The original one is in Yokohama.

This quaint little restaurant is superb – a must see if you are in Tokyo.

The menu is quite good – most are traditional dishes but heaped with all kinds of extra cheese. Prices are a bit on the high side – around $30-$40 per person, but well worth it. The quality is excellent.

They also feature delivery.

To get here take the JR Chuo Line or the Toei Mita Line and get off at Suidobashi Station. Exit the northwest exit, go around the corner, and head south down the street. Cheese Meets Meat is down about 2.5 blocks on the right.

You can download a complete train map here.

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Exit here (north/west exit), turn left out of the station, left again at the corner and head south.

You’ll pass several side streets – there’s a cheap 200¥ coin locker on one if you need one, and Cheese Meets Meat is on down a bit on your right.

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You’ll pass this coin locker on your left.

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Pass this side street.

From Tokyo Dome City

If you are coming from Tokyo Dome City (TDC), head out the south exit on the west side of the complex, cross the little bridge there, and head south on the street straight ahead. Cheese Meets Meat is down just 2 blocks to the south.

To get to TDC, take either the Marunouchi or Namboku Metro subway line, and head up into the TDC complex (the Metro station is across the street from TDC). Cross through the LaQua complex (towards the stadium), head to the right down the stairs beyond the stadium, through a small covered area where First Cabin is, across another small foot bridge, and down the stairs + cross the street. Make a dog-leg left down the street towards Cheese Meets Meat.

Cross through the LaQua area shown here (the other direction – this is facing north).

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Go past Tokyo Dome Stadium to the left in this photo...

Courtesy Tokyo Drew

And down the stairs + through the small covered area on the right.

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The covered area from the reverse angle. There’s a bowling alley and First Cabin.

Exit the covered area….

And head down this ramp.

Immediately on your right you’ll pass this Koban (police box).

Looking back north towards Suidobashi Station. Cheese Meets Meat is on the left. Tokyo Dome City is at the end of the street straight ahead.

A Shortcut From Suidobashi Station

There’s actually a quicker shortcut to Cheese Meets Meat from Suidobashi Station: if you exit the station from the east exit and loop around the long side of the station to the south, you’ll come to the trestle shown on the right above. If you turn hard left here, it will take you down a short diagonal side street which will end right across from Cheese Meets Meat. Don’t head down the tiny street straight ahead, but instead make the hard left down the larger side street shown on the left above. This photo is looking southwest.

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Namboku Line Korakuen Station (N11) – it’s in the basement across from TDC.

Marunouchi Line Korakuen Station (M22)

JR Suidobashi Station east exit – take the north/west exit instead. Take the east exit here + turn right at the street shown ahead for the shortcut mentioned above. Note the nice brand new renovation paint job on the overhead tracks.

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Head south down the street for Cheese Meets Meat on the right.

Enjoy!

LINKS

https://cheese-meets-meat-yokohama.com/

https://r.gnavi.co.jp/4z5fs7zm0000/

https://restaurant.ikyu.com/108595/

https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1310/A131003/13234784/

https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/e891.html

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/line_namboku/index.html

https://www.kotsu.metro.tokyo.jp/eng/services/subway/stations/suidobashi.html

http://japan.apike.ca/japan_tokyo_suidobashi.html

https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/subwaymap/

https://www.jrailpass.com/blog/chuo-sobu-line

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Brozer’s Burgers @ Tokyo Sta.

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Name: Brozer’s

Kind: Food

Where: Takashimaya Annex Bldg. @ 335°40’50.80″ N 139°46’21.81″ E

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Just a few blocks east of Tokyo Station, on the top floor of the Takashimaya Annex Bldg. is a fabulous burger place called Brozer’s. This place is an absolute must-see in Tokyo.

They’ve got a wide variety of food including big burgers, chicken, and grilled cheese, as well as salads, sandwiches, and loads of drinks. Well worth checking out. A big burger plate with fries will run you about 1200¥ ($12) – more with drinks or desert. But….. for dessert you might want to instead stop just north of Tokyo Station at Sarabeth’s, which is a little more spendy, but worth it. After walking all day, you’re going to need food and lots of it. Brozer’s fits the bill.

There is also one in Ningyocho.

The one near Tokyo Sta. is easy to get to:

Exit Tokyo Sta. on the Yaesu (east) side. You’ll come out roughly on the right below:

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Tokyo Sta. Yaesu side north east exit.

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Just across the street you’ll see the entrance to this tree-lined side street. Wait for the light, head over, and stay on the left sidewalk.

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Cruise on down the street past the Yaesu Terminal Hotel on the left.

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You’ll be on this here tree-lined street. Head east 2 blocks or so.

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At the next mega-intersection hang a left. Go north past the large Takashimaya Bldg. on the right (shown above), up to the Takashimaya Annex Bldg (“Takashimaya SC”) one block north. It’s the smaller grey bldg. with the rounded corner. Head in the large glass door at the rounded corner. Brozer’s is on the top food court floor.

Another view @ night. The entrance is the round corner on the bldg. @ the next intersection. Also note the Metro station entrance on the sidewalk on the left.

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Take an elebator (elevator in English) or wind your way up through the various stores on escalators. As you exit the escaltors at the top Brozer’s is on the left.

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Wait to be seated. Grab a drink @ the bar if you like.

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Order and chow down. After a full day of walking, you can easily eat all this food in a few minutes – tripple decker homburg (hamburger), fries and rings, pickles, and a full grilled chesse on toast. Around $12 total. You may even still be hungry after all this so get ready for seconds, or for dessert. You can order up until 10:00 PM (22:00 as they say in Japan). Enjoy!

We try Brozer's ridiculous Tomato Spaghetti Burger because we love ...
BROZERS' Ningyochohonten Photo (Ningyocho / Kodemmacho/Hamburgers ...

LINKS

Official

http://tokyofood.blog128.fc2.com/blog-entry-98.html

BROZERS’ Ningyocho (Takeout & Delivery)

We try Brozer’s ridiculous Tomato Spaghetti Burger because we love carbs and can’t help ourselves

Esola Complex Ikebukuro

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Name: Esola

Kind: Mall

Location: 35°43’46.97″ N 139°42’34.73″ E

Station: JR Ikebukuro Sta.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

Free WiFi? Yes.

Worth it? Yep.

Updated 2/12/2021

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Esola is a must-visit complex in Ikebukuro in western Tokyo.

Exit JR Ikebukuro Station @ the South Exit and immediately turn right (north). Esola is just on your right. The south exit is near the LUMINE depato (formerly Metropolitan Plaza). The TOBU depato is just behind Esola.

Check out the great 1st floor café Roasted Coffee Laboratory. RCL is actually run by a company called baycrews.co.jp which runs a bunch of restaurants all over Japan including (believe it or not) one called eggslut. They also run the out-of-this world pancake chain called Flipper’s (there’s one in Harajuku/Omotosando and one in Shibuya). And they run j.s. Pancake Café which we stumbled into one day over in Nakano (west of Shinjuku).

If you come out of the main Ikebukuro West Gate Park exit on the west side of the station, just head down the street ahead on the left, and Esola will be down on your left a few blocks (street entrance is shown at 00:52 in the 2nd video below, and Esola itself is at 3:02 – right across from the newly constructed Global Ring park).

The entomology of the name Esola isn’t clear – the only info available is that it is derived from early Germanic + is a woman’s name meaning patiently quiet. It’s not clear if the mall’s name was taken from the #1 smash hit song Esora (エソラ) by Japanese band Mr.Children, but it’s highly likely since that song was released in 2008 on Mr.Children‘s spectacular album Supermarket Fantasy (which we highly recommend BTW) before the present Esola complex was built.

Enjoy.

Additional Photos

Head left down this street from the West Gate Park exit. Global Ring is on the right, Esola is down on the left.

Global Ring across from Esola. There is also a café here.

LUMINE depato just south of Esola.

LINKS

https://www.esola-ikebukuro.com/

https://baycrews.co.jp/

https://baycrews.jp/store/detail/0635

http://pancake.journal-standard.jp/

https://tokyotouristinfo.com/en/detail/M0304

https://www.fun-japan.jp/en/articles/11551

https://tokyotouristinfo.com/en

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarket_Fantasy

Mr.Children Official

VIDS

Those fans sure do go nuts.

Building of Global Ring just across the street from Esola.