Daikanyama’a T-Site is home to one of Tokyo’s best bookstores, Tsutaya, and to a cozy restaurant, Ivy Place. Ivy Place opens at 7:00 a.m., the same time the bookstore opens, which is just next door. The frittata had a touch of Japan with shiitake and maitake mushrooms with spinach, mozzarella, and feta cheese served with a salad (1,300 JPY). The NY rye bread comes with whipped butter and house-made jam. Blueberry and smoked nuts were the jams that day. The smoked nuts jam is creamy and sweet with a hint of smokiness to it (400 JPY). Best of all, Ivy Place offers a bottomless cup of coffee for 300 JPY with any breakfast menu.
While I am not a vegetarian, I love that Ivy Place is a vegetarian-friendly restaurant with many options for non-meat eaters. The interior is like a warm American home with lots of wood and floor to ceiling windows surrounding the shop. Staff and the menu are bilingual. I am addicted to the flatbread pizza at lunch.
Daikanyama T-Site is a must visit for book lovers and design aficionados. T-Site is Tsutaya bookstore, cafe, music store, and so much more in a gorgeous complex. Many name it amongst some of the best bookstores in the world.
Ivy Place is the restaurant that is part of the T-Site complex. Chef David Chiddo has several restaurants throughout the city. I have heard so much about the flatbread pizza and finally made it there to try for myself. The menu changes weekly and the staff are great to update their website up-to-date. This was the menu when I went:
The zucchini, spinach, mozzarella, feta, and fresh dill pizza was a nice combination of flavors. The flatbread is grilled bringing a deeper flavor to it. Lunch at Ivy Place includes iced tea, salad, and coffee or tea. At 1,500 JPY for the flatbread pizza lunch set, it is a good value. The menu is vegetarian friendly and seasonal.
I was dining solo and was seated at the bar. The seating on the terrace is under some trees and a few different rooms in the restaurant that each had a different feel to it. The restaurant has a buzz to it, as most of David’s restaurants do. The cafe opens at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. Lunch is very popular so time your visit accordingly.