Gallerie Vie: A cozy brunch nook in Omotesando

The weekend is upon us and one of the best things you can do for yourself is head to a brilliant brunch.

Gallerie Vie may be tucked right in the centre of Tokyo’s chic district in Omotesando but the café is located around the corner from Issey Miyake on a quiet lane. Part of a women’s boutique, Tomorrowland, the café sits on the second floor with a terrace.

I love Gallerie Vie because it’s convenient but yet you don’t really feel you are in Tokyo. I always feel I’m ready to languish in what looks like a lovely living and dining room located who-knows-where with excellent food.

Even though the set lunch is priced slightly above 1,500JPY, you get thoughtful little touches like delicious olives before your meal arrives.

olives

There is also a bread table where you can help yourself to parmesan cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and four different kinds of bread.

bread

Every visit to this café feels a little new because their menu changes fairly often. I’m an ardent fan of their seafood pilaf, but it has been struck off for other dishes like gratin (pictured below) and steak.

gratin

For something doused in cream, it wasn’t overly heavy with its reasonable serving and vegetable-only ingredients.

pasta

My companions had the tomato-based spaghetti and minced chicken. I didn’t try it but judging from the way they relished it, it was pretty damn good.

The set usually comes with a drink — tea, coffee, or juice and a small bowl of garden salad. In the summer they make a stupendous milky iced latte but the hot version will also make you sigh with gratitude as you wax and wane over what you plan to do over the weekend.

Address: 3-18-9 Minami-aoyama 2F
Tel: 03-3423-8431
Opening hours: Lunch – 1130 – 1530 daily; closes at 2000 (LO 1930)
Nearest station: Omotesando station Exit A4

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