Urth Caffe is a bit of a landmark in L.A., so it created a bit of a commotion when it opened a Tokyo branch last April and brought over its organic beans and healthy menu.

It’s been busy ever since the opening, and it’s easily becoming another Tokyo favourite – not only for the mouthwatering dishes, but for the general relaxed vibe and un-pretentious atmosphere, which may come unexpected in the heart of Daikanyama.

Urth is mostly known for its signature organic coffee, made with certified organically grown coffee beans, and its selection of fine teas. The coffee brand is Mountain Gorilla coffee, and you can taste it in different forms. We tried the original blend with steamed milk (¥450), which came bird shaped latte art, and a surprisingly strong, rich taste.

Although the coffee is what defines Urth, the quality menu is equally attractive, and very “L.A.” – think huge, gorgeous green salads, hearty sandwiches, and Belgian waffles. We sampled the grilled veggie and pesto sandwich (¥1,250 for half), which was by far the best sandwich we’ve had in Japan.

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Thick slices of campagnard bread filled with roasted aubergine, mushrooms, tomatoes and zucchini, topped with basil pesto, and accompanied with a light salad. We washed it down with the mixed juice (¥650), a blend of fruits and vegetables which probably gave our fruit-deprived selves our monthly ration of vitamins.

Urth also serves nice Western-style breakfasts (egg dishes, breakfast burritos, smoked salmon plates, omelets, granola and organic oatmeal, all priced between ¥900-1600) and a selection of boba (bubble tea).

The cafe is spacious, with a large outdoor space which is perfect for those summer evenings. The decor is simple, with black furniture and their signature gorilla on a mural; it’s a good place to work on a laptop or read a book. It’s not particularly chic or trendy, it’s more comfortable and organic than anything, and that’s why we love it. The only drawback is, the prices are quite high, but what else can you expect from a Daikanyama branch of an L.A. staple?

Urth Caffe (Japanese site)

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