The sun rises early here in Japan, but last Saturday, we woke up before the sun rose – 3:45am! We loaded our car with surf gear and headed to Shonan. The streets of Roppongi were still busy with club goers and bar hoppers still in the middle of their drunken nights (clubs close around 5:30am in Tokyo – just in time for the first train). A big typhoon hit Okinawa this past weekend, which brought a nice swell to Shonan and Chiba. In July and August, Shonan has rules restricting surfers from 8am-5pm, which is the reason for our early call time. Like many beaches in Tokyo last weekend, the time restriction and the expectation for nice waves made for extremely busy ocean.
After a morning of surfing great waves, we headed to breakfast at GARB. This restaurant occupies the 3 floors of a beachfront building on top of Eggs N Things. Eggs N Things does amazingly well in Japan, and there’s always a huge line of patrons willing to wait 1-2 hours for brunch. We passed by this line and went immediately upstairs to GARB’s patio, which had a great view of Enoshima and the ocean. I love the decor – it’s very airy, modern, and bright. It reminded me of the beach-front cafes in LA. Like most places in Japan, the service was spot on and the restaurant was spotless.
For breakfast, they have a small menu that includes classics with a twist. My friend ordered a breakfast plate that included a boiled egg fried in panko! It was such an interesting Japanese fusion twist on classic fried eggs. The hubby ordered waffled topped with ice cream and mixed nuts while I got a classic breakfast dish with an omelet topped with tomato sauce. All of the food was reasonable for the location, atmosphere, and quality.
I loved the woven patio chairs – they were so chic that I wanted to bring them home! The interior of the restaurant didn’t disappoint either with modern furniture that was mixed and matched so effortlessly with the uniting elements of wood all around the restaurant. Their upper levels have an open patio as well with picnic tables where they offer food that you can grill up yourself. I can’t wait to go back – it should be especially pretty during sunset!
RESTAURANT GARB [レストラン ガーブ] 江ノ島