Beard is a cozy, intimate restaurant located in the backstreets of Meguro district. Shin Harakawa opened his restaurant in 2012, and it quickly became famous for its remarkable food and welcoming feel. Monocle Magazine awarded Beard one of the World Best Restaurants in 2015.
Although Beard has a fantastic menu for dinner, this post is dedicated only to Sunday brunch; which is one of the most pleasurable brunch experiences in Japan.
Harakawa describes his menu as honest, simple, and casual-french based; inspired by trips and encounters. You can tell the connection with many past experiences with so many cooking books and details from around the world. The menu always incorporates the freshest fruits and highest-quality ingredients he collects daily. His cooking is not just “french”, but highly influenced by his connection with California as well as by Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines.
The brunch menu changes every Sunday depending on the season and the ingredients available. Sourdough Pancakes are delicious and are always on the menu. Another constant is a plate with amazing bread, jambon, fruit, one boiled egg, butter and a selection of tasty Jams from California. The drink menu and selection of wines continually changes as well, but you can usually enjoy everything from a good cup of coffee, a glass of wine, fresh juice, etc.
cosiness & omotenashi
Beard’s atmosphere is warm and very inviting. The background music and decorations make you feel as if you just came over to your friends house for brunch. Spending a Sunday morning here is perfect to relax and pamper yourself after a crazy week in the city.
The restaurant can seat only 12 people; four bar chairs facing the open kitchen plus a couple of wooden tables and chairs next to the windows and further back. Harakawa is always at the counter smiling and chatting with customers as he prepares the meals. Lovely Haruka, Beard’s assistant, is always taking good care of customers, and she’s very friendly as well.
Reservations are not available on Sundays; it’s a first come first served system. The L.O. is 1:30 pm but sometimes it finishes earlier due to its popularity. Be prepared to stand in line for a while, but do not fear, the experience will be so rewarding that it will be worth the waiting.
- Address: 1-17-22 Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
- Tel: (03) 5496-0567
- Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 5:30-10:30 p.m. (L.O.). Sunday Brunch 10 am to 1:30 pm (L.O). Closed Monday.
- Closest Station: Meguro