After a visit to a disappointing event and the gods raining on us, hungry and tired, we needed good food.
The area of Harajuku and Omotesando is famous for its fashion but it also offers a good variety of food. In a little alley, we found a burger shop that calls itself The Great Burger. Good reviews with a visible queue, let’s give it a shot!
This burger place sits about 40 with the interior being a little hippie. The photographs on the wall are interesting but may be offensive to some (e.g., the American flag with stars replaced by skulls and the red stripes are now a long snake). Go in with an open mind.
Their menus come with both English and Japanese descriptions and some of their staff also tried to speak in English. Very friendly to foreigners!
This is their signature Bacon Cheese Burger with french fries for JPY 1,300.
Smoked bacon strips — √
Juicy meat patty — √
Fresh vegetables — √
Oozing cheese — √
Toasted buns — √
Great pickles for a non-pickle lover — √
One of the best burgers I’ve had in Japan 🙂 But I do want to say, I love their fries too. They were ALL crispy. In fact, I’m not sure which one I liked more.
*Trivia: In Japan, burger shops serve their burgers with a “burger pocket”. Yes, they even have a name for it. I don’t know if there is actually an unwritten rule that you HAVE to use it. I don’t fancy it but I succumb to societal norms sometimes.
Corned Beef Sandwich. A dish that is NOT common in Japan and frankly speaking, my first time seeing it on the menu. The taste was great but the balance of the moisture in the meat, vegetables and sauce could be done better. The meat felt dry if it didn’t have the sauce but the sauce became a little watery towards the end, making the sandwich soggy. Overall, still a good dish.
Again, awesome fries. I have to emphasise.
The Great Burger
6 Chome-12-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
東京都 渋谷区 神宮前 6-12-5 1Ｆ
Opening Hours: 11:30 ~ 23:00