Pancake @ Bubby’s, Shiodome City Centre

Agh… I am already tired even after a good night’s sleep!
This is the result of the physical exhaustion due to the increase in my daily fitness regime. Why am I upping the ante? Because my old hockey team may be rising from the ashes and I maybe joining training soon. In order to improve my stamina, I’ve added an hour cycling which in return, to be an absolute killer. Therefore, I’ve been feeling like a wreck recently. As the consequence, my blog has been neglected…

Let’s get back to mum & I’s escapade in Tokyo in the mid January.
My mum visited NYC last October and one thing she had been on about often was how much she regretted about missing out the pancake at Clinton Street Baking Co. Coincidently, pancake was the one dish which I really wished if it were more readily available in London. Therefore, it was quite natural that we decided to have pancake at least once while we were in Tokyo.
The pancake boom started in Japan more than a half decade ago. The onset was from Bills in Shichirigahama (七里ヶ浜), the restaurant owned by an Australian restauranteur, Bill Granger, in 2008. It was followed by the opening of Eggs ‘n Things in Harajuku in 2010 which kicked up the real craze for pancakes with berries, nuts, chocolate and whipped cream. Then, Rainbow Pancake Meiji-Jingū joined the fever in 2011. A year later, overseas establishments, such as Sarabeth’s from NYC and Cafe Kaila from Hawaii, opened their doors at Shinjuku & Harajuku respectively and helped to complete Tokyo a heaven for pancake lovers. ‘Mum, we will have to queue for more than an hour if we wanna eat at Eggs ‘n Things!’, I consulted mum while checking the review of the place on my iPad. Tokyo was in the midst of an unusually cold spell then and we definitely didn’t fancy standing outside for hours no matter how heavenly their pancake may be.
Then, I came across a restaurant named Bubby’s in Shinbashi with good reviews. It was in Shiodome City Centre (汐留シティセンター),,adjacent to Shinbashi Station (新橋駅) and not far from Ginza Station. Since we weren’t that fussy about where to eat as long as their pancake was tasty so quickly decided upon Bubby’s.

It was another dry but wintry day in Ginza…

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We walked along Chuō-Dōri towards Shinbashi Station.
Then, we stopped at Ginza 8-Chōme crossing, being momentarily lost…

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Oh, I wished if I could use a Google map! Why don’t O2 (my UK mobile network) provide a data bolt-on like AT&T? Don’t we need our smartphone’s GPS more when we are abroad???

We even wandered along Shōwa-Dori for a few blocks and then turned back. The area was strangely deserted, no passer-by or local shop to ask for directions. The problem was that we had no idea how Shiodome City Centre looked like. Damn, I should have googled the images at the hotel before we left!
In the end, we reckoned that a towering green building across the road had to be the one. The green-glazed tower was surrounded by a cluster of buildings which were not as tall but impressive none the less…

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Once we were near the complex, we saw lots of office workers coming and going from all directions, sporting usual Japanese business people demeanour – walking quickly while looking at their smartphones intently.
Our destination, Bubby’s, was located on the B2 level. So, we took a down escalator, trying not to disrupt the brisk pace of our fellow passengers.
We alighted the escalator at the B2F and turned to our left and there they were, we found Bubby’s…

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Originally, Bubby’s started as a pie company, opening their restaurant in Tribaca NYC in 1990. Their battle cry is “Defending the American Table”…

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American style pies, they do look sumptuous, don’t they? Despite visiting the States more than a few times, I never have tried even a slice. Are they sweet? Are they eaten with cream or custard like they are in the UK?

Once inside, a smiley staff ushered us to the table by the window. Beyond the window, a sunken garden was spreading out which made us difficult to believe that we were on the below ground level.
The interior decor was dominated with bricks and wood, giving out a cozy & casual atmosphere…

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We studied the menu. Mum was definitely up for their pancake.
Mmmm…, what should have…

Together with two gigantic mugs of coffee, which were greatly appreciated after a long walk on windswept Ginza pavements, mum’s pancake was brought to our table…

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Sautéed Banana with Walnuts and Maple Syrup Pancake!
Mum went momentarily speechless when it was planted in front of her. ‘Oh my god, I should have skip breakfast!’, she uttered after surveying the size of the serving. Oh well, your wish was granted, mum.

Comparing with mum’s sizable appetite, mine wasn’t with that much gusto. Therefore, instead of ordering another pancake with different flavour, I opted for New Orleans Creole Soup…

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It was a very good soup, packed with vegs and aromatic spices. The hot broth warmed me up from the inside.

I also had a few bites from mum’s pancake…

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Oh my, it was delicious but also very sweet! A large mug of coffee was imperative to wash down this sugary treat.

Mum was very happy to fulfil her wish of tasting the treat from NYC. But for me, looking at her smile was the best treat of all…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

14 thoughts on “Pancake @ Bubby’s, Shiodome City Centre

  1. Gorgeous photos, love the reflections in the buildings. I live just around the corner from the Clinton St Baking Co and there is always a queue. It has always scared me off. I’ve never known why there’s always a queue…now I do. It’s the pancakes!

    • Oh thank you, Jackie! I am glad you like the photo. In Tokyo, nobody takes photos! I find it weird because they take lots of it when they are abroad. So the place my mum missed in NYC is also very popular!? In London, hardly anyone queues for food except Saturday night Vietnumese in Shoreditch. If I were on my own, I would never bother queuing for anything… (=_=;)

      • It’s extremely popular but next time you’re in town and if it’s not the weekend and before lunch time, you and your mum should make it! Queues are off-putting and New Yorkers queue for everything, even when they don’t know exactly what they’re queuing for, they stand on! Just in case 🙂

  2. Shiodome! Interesting. I’ve been meaning to post about that place. I especially like the Rouault Gallery, and the Nakagin Capsule Tower just beyond it…

    BTW, really like the pic of the building reflection!

    • Oh thank you for liking the photo!
      I had never been to Shiodome either until we decided to go to Bubby’s. What is Rouault Gallery? Nakagin Capsule Tower! The building designed by Kisho Kurokawa!! I missed it all together. They must have been hidden behind Shiodome City Centre… I found the complex more for companies & office workers. Very busy and very tidy!

  3. Pancakes with banana and walnuts sound so good! What is that gigantic pie in the display? Hehehe. That looks good as well! Good to hear that your mom was satisfied as well.:-)

    • The pancake was really good. I am not sure what was the inside of the pies. But they did look huge (& probably very sweet). Yes, mum was so happy about finally eating american pancake! 🙂

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