With a plethora of boba choices on Oahu, which ones are a must for those who need a bubbly pick-me-up. Here’s a shortlist of some of our favorites.
Bills. Not the most Japanese name for a restaurant you’ve ever seen and for a good reason. Bill Granger, the creator of the popular chain, isn’t Japanese; in fact, he’s Australian. Bill does however have an affinity to Japan and has since built quite a following from Japanese customers. The Omotesando location of Bills is located on the 7th floor of Tokyo Plaza above a Starbucks overlooking a small rooftop courtyard perfect for sipping on your latte and people watching the endless stream of tourists enjoying the view of the Tokyo skyline.
The line was long. Wait in line and “exhaust every topic of conversation you can think” of long. We waited 1 hour which we were told was light. Once in, we were greeted with friendly staff and a beautifully designed interior with a small corner library seating area. The aesthetic is clean and bright, with shades of white and light brown. If you’ve ever been to an Australian inspired coffee shop, you get the idea.
After sitting down, we both grab the drink menu to look for the brunch staple. One of two drinks that solidify that you are brunching, not just having a late breakfast or late lunch. The champagne powered yet Vitamin C giving mimosa. We love Bloody Mary’s too but mimosa’s amirite? We ask if that’s an off-menu option, and of course, it is, and within minutes we’re on our way to forgetting why we’re there.
We check out what our neighbors are eating and see the fluffiest pancakes and breakfasts in proportions we’re only used to seeing at traditionally American style breakfast spots. We land on the Full Aussie breakfast, a plate of potato, gravlax and poached eggs and a small plate of snapper crudo, avocado, lemon, dill and green tomato oil.
The Full Aussie was delicious as expected, but the real eye-opener was the plate of potato, gravlax, and poached eggs. It tasted like an eggs benedict 2.0. The overall experience was terrific as expected, and the food was as delicious as the decor was inviting. I’ve finally found my go-to brunch spot in Tokyo.