Thick, Fresh Pancakes from the Popular uzna omom b one in Harajuku



Thick, Fresh Pancakes from the Popular uzna omom b one in Harajuku


Tucked away on Harajuku Cat Street are two popular cafes: uzna omom and its second store uzna omom b one. The thick pancakes as well as the pancake set with three side dishes served by the second store have been drawing attention even as far away as Taiwan. 

A pancake cafe with a warm, fuzzy feeling

The interior of the cafe
The cafe is also used as an art gallery. The paintings on the walls change monthly.

Located just a six minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station, uzna omom has been open for over ten years. Eventually, they opened a second location, b one, diagonally across the street from the first store. The front of the cafe is made of glass, giving it an open, spacious feeling. 

The fame of these uzna omom cafes, however, doesn't stop in Japan. In fact, they're known for having played a role in starting the pancake craze that swept Taiwan. In fact, when owner Chin Fumie opened up uzna omom Xingtao Songbing Wu (lit. Apricot Pancake Shop) in Taipei in 2013, it became a sensation almost instantly. At the time of writing, there are now five branches of uzna omom in Taiwan. 

From Taiwan to Japan: super-thick pancakes

This month's pancakes
The pancake of the month. In October, the pancake was grape and mascarpone cream (1,160 yen). 

At uzna omom b one, they have a lineup of more than ten different kinds of pancakes, each one bursting with a distinct personality. Out of all of these, the most popular choice on the menu is the four centimeter thick Atsuyaki Pancake (1,100 yen for one, 1,600 yen for two). This super thick pancake was actually developed in Taiwan for the opening of the uzna omom there. Its huge success prompted the original locations to bring these delicious pancakes home to Japan. 

The ingredients used in these super thick pancakes is simple: just eggs, milk, butter, flour, and maple syrup. Instead of using just whipped eggs whites in the batter, though, they use the whole egg. “Using just the white doesn't give the pancakes enough egg flavor, so we use the yolks, too,” explains cafe owner Mr. Kadosaki. Because of this, it's difficult to prepare the batter in advance and it will take about 20 minutes after you place your order to get your fresh, thick pancakes. 
The popular super-thick pancakes
The popular, super-thick atsuyaki pancakes.

While these pancakes are thick, their texture is nice and fluffy so you can enjoy every last bite of this extremely satisfying meal. If you want to try these pancakes, though, you'll have to make a trip to the uzna omom b one location as it's the only one of their three locations to serve them. 

Try their colorful deli plate, too 

The three-piece deli plate changes every week
Their three-piece deli plate changes every week.

Sharing the limelight with the super thick pancakes as the cafe’s most popular lunch option is a three-piece deli plate. While the exact items included will change weekly, there will always be a nimono (a simmered dish), a warm dish, and a cold dish made with plenty of vegetables. Your choice of rice or a pancake completes the meal. 

Here’s the deli plate. On the day of our reporting, they were serving rosemary chicken and cabbage made with Guinea fowl, potato and olive curry salad, and prosciutto with an assortment of Japanese mushrooms prepared with balsamic vinegar. If you choose to order pancakes, you get three. This generous lunch is best ordered when you're very hungry! 
Horoyoi Set
The horoyoi set (1,000 yen).

After 5pm, the store starts serving its “horoyoi” (slightly tipsy) set. It comes with homestyle sausage, two side dishes, and a drink for just 1,000 yen. It's a great option if you want to relax with a drink and some good food on your way home from work. 


uzna omom b one
Address: Bellcourt FuyouB1
5-17-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 
Hours: 12:00pm~9:00pm (L.O. 8:00pm)
Weekends and holidays 11:00am~9:00pm (L.O. 8:00pm)
Closed: Mondays and every first Tuesday
Website (Japanese only):

This article is based on information that was obtained October 25, 2016. Please be advised that changes to the store’s menu, hours, and et cetera may have occurred.

The original Japanese version of this article was published on co-Trip.

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