This New Sustainable Coffee Shop in Ginza Is Going Plant-Based
If you're looking for a place that's got healthy meals and a relaxing atmosphere, you've come to the right place.
KOMEDA is □, HIGASHI-GINZA
Ginza-Shochiku Square, 1-13-1 Tsukiji, Chuo District, Tokyo
Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
How to get there: It’s a 2-minute walk from Higashi-Ginza Station.
KOMEDA is □, Higashi-Ginza, a new concept store from Komeda Coffee (Japanese chain cafe), opened last July 15. As a "sustainable coffee shop where you can enjoy relaxing with the mother earth while embracing the preciousness of the earth," the shop offers a carefully selected plant-based menu.
Beppin (literally translates to “beautiful lady”) Burger Avoteri (Avocado with Teriyaki source), using the soybean meat patty
KOMEDA is □, Higashi-Ginza has opened on the first floor of Ginza-Shochiku Square, which is just a 2-minute walk from Exit 5 of Higashi-Ginza Station on the Hibiya Line and Toei Asakusa Line. Two years ago, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Komeda Coffee launched the Make Heart More Relaxed project for the realization of a sustainable society. As part of the project, Komeda Coffee opened the store, thinking that "it should be more environmentally friendly and consider social and emotional values."
The spacious interior. Each seat has an electrical outlet.
“When we learned about water pollution, deforestation, and greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, we wondered: Isn't it possible to refrain from foods of animal origin once a week or once a month, even if not every day? Shouldn’t it be easier to do something for the mother earth? With that in mind, we made a slogan “Let's make a day to rest meat,” and created a relaxing restaurant that offers a 100% plant-based menu,” said a spokesperson for the store, explaining the background.
“We didn't want to break the relaxing image of the Komeda brand, so we prepared a spacious sofa and an open space. We struggled to produce a spacious place in such a place in Ginza but managed to have seats with partitions to give you a feeling of relaxation.”
The menu was developed with Beppin Plus Co. (A Japanese company offering a variety of services regarding food and heath, which is also known as Chie’s Kitchen) with over 34 types of food and 8 types of dessert over a year. Komeda's Morning Service, which is famous for its huge volume, is also reproduced on a 100% plant basis. From the opening until 11 a.m., toasts with Soy Milk Cream, instead of butter, are offered to those who ordered drinks, accompanied with toppings that can be selected from 3 types: jam without using white sugar, ogura-an (Japanese sweet bean paste), or sesame confetti.
Komeda’s Morning Service, which is famous for its huge volume, is also reproduced on a 100% plant basis
The item on the menu that you should try is the Beppin Burger Avoteri (¥1,080), which uses a soybean meat patty. It is a voluminous dish that gives the impression of "This is Komeda!" with a healthy patty, buns made with rice flour, plenty of avocado, and a naturally brewed rich sauce to create a familiar taste.
Regarding these dishes, the public relations spokesperson said, “I think that if you order by looking at the menu and something smaller than the image comes in, you will be disappointed, so we have prepared a large volume as a store that aims for Food Entertainment. We also paid attention to the deliciousness! We recommend pancakes using 100% rice flour to create a special texture.”
Furthermore, special coffees are offered such as "Komeda Blend," using 100% sustainable Arabica beans, "Rain Forest City Roast," special coffee extracted by siphons, and "Kome-Kuro (“Black of Komeda,” in literal translation)," blending Kilimanjaro beans based on the Brazil's highest-grade beans. Komeda's first-ever alcohol menus, such as Bio-wine, using organic grapes, and beer, are also 100% plant-based.
Making a signature coffee extracted by siphon
34 foods and 8 desserts menu! Komeda’s first-ever alcohol menus and snacks are also available
KOMEDA is □ has dishes that you can enjoy at any time of the day, morning, lunch, or dinner. The interior that creates a relaxing atmosphere is also speciality of the café: two symbol trees in the centre of the store, “Regenerated Tree”; the wall next to the cashier that uses Takachiho (a small town in Miyazaki Prefecture)’s volcanic ash and coffee grounds produced at Komeda’s coffee shop; and pendant lights made of glass what was once planned to be discarded during the production process of blown glass.
Two symbol trees in the centre of the store, “Regenerated Tree”
Are you excited to try these plant-based dishes, too?
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (09 July 2020)