Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Potluck @ Opening Ceremony :: Banh Mi in Tokyo

I have been pretty lucky so far in terms of quality Vietnamese food in Tokyo. What a relief! While my Pho and Spring Roll needs are perfectly here, I have yet to find a single Banh Mi sandwich! The horror! I guess Tokyo didn't get the memo that Banh Mi is so hot right now.
Of course, leave it to the ahead of the trends-so cool it hurts boutique, Opening Ceremony, to bring the my favorite sandwich to town. For those of you that don't know, Opening Ceremony is an LA/NY clothing boutique that carries very cool designers at prices you obviously cannot afford. Opening Ceremony Tokyo opened in Shibuya in September and their cafe, Potluck, opened this week. They serve a variety of cuisines and being super in the know, they of course brew SF's Blue Bottle coffee. I'm in love!
I have to admit, these are not completely authentic. The bread was mushy, no pate and there were pickled jalapenos a la Mexico on them. That being said, it was a damn tasty sando and I will be going back. The staff is really friendly and it looks as though they experiment with their menu a lot.
They also get bonus points for having Sriracha and Fish Sauce bottles on every table and for having a Japanese waiter that speaks perfect English and has an Afro. If that's not cool, then I don't know what is.

Potluck at Opening Ceremony
Udagawacho 21-1, Shibuya Seibu Movida B1F
(Basement of Seibu Movida...attached to Loft and Muji) 


  1. Wait seriously? They brew Blue Bottle???

  2. i want to say that their motto is, "if you're going to do it, do it right" but considering the banh mi's imperfections...i suppose i cannot

  3. This is a really late comment to an early post, but where have you found good pho? I'm a native San Franciscan and half-Vietnamese, and I have yet to find anything that blows my mind.

  4. Amy S, have you tried ? The pictures on the site look way Japanese, but their parent restaurant, Lotus Palace in Akasaka, is pretty good. I have high hopes.

  5. Yeah, Lotus Palace is pretty good. Their pho isn't super rich, but it tastes good. They're missing the sriracha and hoisin bottles on the that kind of hurts them. They do have a pho only shop called Pho Hanoi but I have never been - if you go, let me know how it is!