You know you are in the right place in Japan when you see a lot of locals lining up in the queue at any place. This applies very well in all restaurants in the country, even in a cheese restaurant. For cheese fanatics who can’t make a short trip to the cheese factory on the outskirts of Tokyo because of being too caught up with so many fashionable items in Shibuya, worry no more because Shibuya Cheese Stand is just a short stroll away. The shop and mini cheese factory offers delectable treats to enjoy your favorite cheese.
Just between Yoyogi Park and Shibuya Station, people are lining up in the queue and patiently waiting for their turn to experience the finest mozzarella and ricotta cheeses that are freshly made every day in Shibuya Cheese Stand. Owner Shinji Fujikawa was the mastermind behind the creation of an out-of-the-box shop which combines the idea of having a retail shop, cafe and mini factory in a single place. But before Shibuya Cheese Stand came to life, Mr. Fujikawa had to hone his skills from many cheese artisans around Japan and had to travel and spend a considerable amount of time learning about cheese in southern Italy. His fresh supply of milk comes from the Isonuma Milk Farm which is located in Hachioji on the outskirts of western Tokyo. The milk is a mix of Holstein, Jersey and Brown Swiss – breeds of cow that are known excellent for producing high-quality cheeses.
From breakfast till dinner Shibuya Cheese Stand has got it all covered for you as the shop is open every Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm and 11 am to 8 pm every Sunday. There are four basic options for the soft cheeses: mozzarella, ricotta, burrata, and caciocavallo. You can either choose to grab a chair in the cafe or sample these freshly made cheeses at home.
The cafe serves sandwiches (with prices starting at 500 yen) using long rye buns in which you can choose your fillings from a combination of ricotta and salami, mozzarella, egg, and vegetables drizzled with truffle oil. Just add about 100 yen if you want to put add-ons like prosciutto or more cheese into your sandwiches. There’s also a variety of toppings for your pizza from the basic toppings such as mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil to prosciutto, bacon, and anchovies at fairly reasonable prices. You can also start your meal with their cheese platters, salad or grilled caciocavallo. Shibuya Cheese Stand also offers orange and peach ricotta puddings along with a variety of cheesy muffins for desserts. But the best way to enjoy your meal is when you pair it with their fruit-flavored whey drinks.
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