bills: Sydney-born Cafe in Harajuku

Bills is a pretty well-known cafe in trendy little Surry Hills and is most famous for their ricotta hot-cakes. Although I haven’t actually tried the Sydney cafe (being a student for the past 5 years, spending $20 for scrambled eggs and coffee is a rarity especially since i can have that at home for free), I decided to try-out the one in Harajuku because we all know that we like to spend when we’re on holidays. They have three other cafe’s open around Tokyo (Odaiba, Shichirigahama and Yokohama) with their fourth and latest opening in Harajuku on the top level of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando.

 We went on Sunday morning around 11am – BAD IDEA. It was booked out until 3pm! After noticing that there was a spare spot on the terrace balcony, we asked the waiter if we could sit there – not sure why he didn’t offer this to us in the first place – but anyway he said that was fine and showed us to our table. Since it was cold, we were given two blankets which kept us so warm, the temperature didn’t even bother me anymore.

We ordered the ricotta hot-cakes with banana and honeycomb butter (1400 yen – around $15.50 AUD so a BIT cheaper) and the full aussie breakfast with scrambled organic eggs, sourdough toast, bacon, roast tomato, swiss mushrooms, pork and fennel sausage (1800 yen) to share. For coffee, mum had a  cappucino (600 yen) while I had the long black (500 yen). The aussie breakfast came first and the organic scrambled eggs were divine, it was really different to other scrambled eggs I’ve tried – it was really smooth and soft with the right amount of creaminess. The only bad thing I can probably say is that the size isn’t what you would expect for a ‘full aussie breakfast’. Then came the ricotta hot-cakes and WOW…let me just say it was pretty hard to share! My long black was a bit of a let-down though, I thought I would get something similar to Sydney but again it was weak! They must use a weaker blend in Japan or something? Plus it was 500 yen! Sigh … my search for great coffee in Tokyo will have to continue when I’m back.

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At 4300 yen for breakfast, it is definitely on the pricey side so I’d only recommend to come for a special occasion or if you wanted to try something ‘Australian’ in Japan. They also do lunch and dinner. Make sure you book or otherwise go early and put your name down or just ask for a terrace seat!

bills Omotesando
Address: 4-30-3 Jinugu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 7F Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Business Hours: 8:30 ~ 23:00
Access: 4-minute walk from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station or 1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line/Fukutoshin Line Meiji Jingu Mae Station.


4 responses to “bills: Sydney-born Cafe in Harajuku

  1. Wow. It was quite exciting to hear Australian cafes in Japan. The Australian Bills Cafe in Sydney is definitely wonderful. However, it is slightly overpriced. I haven’t been to Japan in several years but I would’ve thought that there would be a lot more traditional styled Japanese restaurants. I guess they’re trying to integrate both Western and Japanese foods giving people a variety of wonderful cuisines.

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