From set up to menu, Harajuku’s aesthetic is immersive kawaii. The walls would make a Sindhi aunty beam with pride for their tiles in bright shades of gold and magenta, with a ceiling that seems to reference Takashi Murakami’s superflat art. A neon sign that says, ‘Its Harajuku Baby!’ is placed ideally for Instagram.
Inside Harajuku, you will find Japanese crepes, taiyaki (fish-shaped waffles) and dorayaki (pancakes, usually stuffed with red bean paste). Note: For a grab and go, service here is particularly slow.
12 Crepe Program
Harajuki crepes are both sweet and savoury, while taiyaki and doryaki are sugar-loaded confections. We start our feast with Eggacado and Barbeque Fungi crepes – both of which while messy to eat, hit the right notes. The former is generous with avocado alongside lettuce, boiled egg, fries, barbeque mayonnaise and chipotle sauce. The crepe is handed to us like a cone, which makes messy fingers a foregone conclusion.
Our vegetarian mushroom version features fungi with cheese, barbeque sauce, kewpie mayonnaise, lettuce and noodles – for a pleasant intermingling of east and west. For those familiar with French crepes, these will seem to be less crispy and more stuffed. The menu borrows liberally from multiple cuisines, with shrimp okonomiyaki, kebab and miso pesto salami making appearances.
Sugar lovers, note that here, individual flavours are lost to the overwhelming sweetness of the toppings. Our townie brownie (brownie, dark chocolate, hot fudge, choco cream and vanilla ice cream) crepe is overloaded with chocolate and lacks any other notes. Equally disappointing is Taiyaki with red bean paste, red velvet cake, black sesame seed ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate. We are hoping for nutty black sesame to add some depth and for the red bean paste to add texture, but unfortunately that isn’t the case. The unadventurous can substitute the red bean paste with custard.
We skip Dorayaki (all sweet) and end with an apple and elderflower fizz, which tastes like an Appy with a hit of floral essence. This is the only sweet spot at Harajuku that we can stomach. So skip the sugar here, and know that the spice makes all things nice.
Getting there: Shop No 5, Diamond Arch Building, Chapel Road, Reclamation, Bandra (W), a meal for two is approximately Rs 800.
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This review was contributed by Aatish Nath, a freelance food and drink writer.
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