Put on your comfy pants because there is no time limit in this restaurant.
Many places in Japan have all-you-can-eat deals, but Starbucks usually isn’t one of those places.
However, as our Japanese-speaking reporter Yuuichiro Wasai discovered recently, there is a Starbucks where you can eat to your heart’s content, and unlike many other offerings, there is no time limit for the stuff-your-face experience.
▼ The offer is available at Starbucks Reserve Ginza Chestnut-dori store, and only from 5 p.m. each day.
Advance reservations are required, although it proved so popular with the masses that Yuuichiro had to try over 50 times before he could take a reservation online. Reservations open a week in advance, so Yuuichiro recommends checking the site early in the morning a week before you want to go.
Once you have that all-important reservation, you will dine at Apericena restaurant on the second floor, which takes its name from a combination of the words “aperitif” (appetizer) and “chena” (supper).
▼ When Yuuichiro arrived and sat down, the staff first asked him to select a drink from the drink menu.
As the restaurant is Italian-inspired, you’ll find Italian specialties like Aperol and Campari on the list, as well as fruity flavors like arancia (orange) and melograno (pomegranate). Although a drink is included in the offer, it’s not a matter of will but of willand the variety of food on offer is so vast and constantly changing that it is simply listed on the menu as “etc“.
To find out what “and so on” means, Yuuichiro headed to the food counter, where he feasted on options like frittatas, pizzas, and sausages.
Unlike a regular buffet, this one is staff-run, meaning diners simply walk up to the counter and ask the staff to fill a plate for them. All-you-can-eat diners are given a special tag that they must show to the staff so they can get new plates of food as many times as they want.
▼ It’s pretty good to have staff on hand to arrange everything from the buffet to a plate for you.
Yuuichiro started with liver pâté & raisins, which turned out to be his favorite track of the night. The freshly baked crusty bread was a nice touch and everything was delicious! Our journalist didn’t hesitate to refuel either, since he returned five times to the counter, where the staff sometimes gave him different things to keep his taste buds coming back for more.
For 3,080 yen (US$24.57), this was a gem of a find in Tokyo’s posh Ginza district, showcasing good value for the quality and quantity of food offered. The only thing that would make this deal even better would be the addition of an all you can eat option for diners, but given that you can eat as much as you want for as long as you want until closing timeYuuichiro certainly wasn’t complaining.
If you want to transport your taste buds to Italy, to a chain of American cafes in the heart of Tokyo, an evening at Apericena will tick all your boxes. Don’t forget to wear your comfy pants to accommodate post-meal belly expansion, because you won’t be able to resist the pizzas here – they’re worthy of the hype that made them famous.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery Ginza Chestnut-dori
Address: Tokyo, at, Chuo-ku, Ginza 3-7-3
Hours: 7:00am-10:00pm Apericena opens from 5:00pm Hours may vary, so please check the website.
Source, images: Starbucks Japan
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