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MARUICHI BAGEL (Shirokane Takanawa)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 27.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
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Many of my friends have asked me, if its possible to get a real good NY type bagel here. And just now, another friend poked asking if there was a shop on my list. There are actually quit a few bagels shops in Tokyo now. Growing up and working in New York, I would have a bagel at least twice a week for breakfast. But when I came back to Tokyo, I couldn't find any decent NY type bagels. A company use to import frozen bagels from H&H Bagels, but that ended a couple of yrs ago.

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One day, I was reading a bagels lovers web page and sent an email asking if she knew any shop where I could get real NY type bagels. She recommended me a shop that just opened. It was pretty close to my gym in Shibuya, so got on my motorbike and went. And I have been buying only from them ever since. Its not only the best NY type bagel shop in Tokyo, but in all of Asia as well.

First time I was there, I bought a Blueberry with cream cheese and couldn't believe how good it was. I went back the next day again and had to ask the young charming owner where she worked at and her answer was even a bigger surprise. She worked at my favorite bagel shop in New York, Ess-a-Bagel. (Btw, the above isn't a picture of Blueberry, its actaully Cinnamon Raisin)

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Maruichi has several types of bagels which are the following:
Plain, Rock Salt, Onion, Sesame, Poppy Seed, Blueberry, Cinnamon Raisin, Everything
Whole Wheat, 7 Grain Honey, 7 Grain Honey Fig

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Probably the biggest difference with Ess-a-Bagel is the variety of cream cheese options, meaning Maruichi only have a couple, but their plain cream cheese is the best I ever had in Japan and won't tell me where they get it from. They do have other fillings as well like Nova Lox, Potato Salad, Egg Salad and a few others. They also make some cookies and brownies, but I've never tried them.

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They open at 8am, but will only sale unfilled bagels (meaning they won't add any fillings) until 11am. After 11am, they will start selling filled bagels as well. Maruichi is located in Shirokane Takanawa, and unfortunately there isn't much to do in this area, so you will be going there just to get bagels. But if you love bagels its worth the trip.

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There will be a long wait on weekends and holidays since bagel lovers from all over Japan come to purchase and a decent wait during lunch time as well on weekdays. They will close before the official closing time 6pm when bagels are sold out, so its better to come here as early as you can. Also, there isn't a big sign or nameboard so make sure you check what the store/building looks like at this blog before your visit.

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You can also purchase Maruichi Bagels at Dean & Deluca in Shibuya and Shinagawa on Sunday & Thursday only. But be aware that they are 100 yen more expensive than buying at Maruichi.

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MARUICHI BAGEL (in Japanese, マルイチベーグル)
Address: 1-15-22 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo (in Japanese, 東京都港区白金1-15-22)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Nanboku or Mita Line Shirokane Takanawa (3 min walk)
Tel: Unavailable
Website: http://www.maruichibagel.com
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: No
Open: Wednesday-Sunday 8am-11am for bagels only and from 11am-6pm for bagel sandwiches as well (will close before 6pm if they are sold out)
Closed: Monday-Tuesday

Prices: Bagels range from 200-250 yen. Fillings from 250-500 yen.

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