Let me just start off by saying, Lauderdale serves a version of Doctor Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham named ‘Mama’s Garden Omelette’ and I am nearly positive this delicious gruyere-filled dish is why Sam-I-Am loves Green Eggs and Ham so much! (If you have fond memories of Dr. Seuss like I do, then you’d probably understand why the prospect of having green eggs is so extremely exciting.)
Lauderdale, located next to Roppongi Hills on Keyakizaka-dori, has been a hot spot for both foreigners and locals since its opening in 2009. With servers fluent in both Japanese and English, Lauderdale is a great breakfast option for families and expats working in the Roppongi area (and if you have pets, they’re allowed on the terrace seatings!) Serving a mix of French bistro-fare with international influences, its notable menu items include Hot-Out-Of-Oven Souffles, Buttermilk Pancakes, and a variety of French-Styled Omelettes. Sam, my Tokyo brunching buddy, and I heard that grabbing a seat on the terrace is virtually impossible on weekends so we opted for a quieter weekday breakfast instead.
Sam decided it was never too early to say good morning with a mojito–while I didn’t try it, the mint leaves on the mojito were certainly fresh. Cheers!
I was debating between the Apple Cinnamon Souffle or the Acai Berry Energy Bowl and I must guiltily say, deciding to get both was a great decision! If you like parfait or granola+yogurt type breakfasts, the Acai Berry Energy Bowl is perfect for you. My favorite part about it was the Acai smoothie part–it was cold, refreshing, and clearly freshly made. Nothing beats a granola+fresh smoothie start to the day!
My friend Sam, or should I say ‘Sam-I-am,’ did indeed go for the Mama’s Garden Omelette (sadly it wasn’t because of my enthusiasm for Dr. Seuss nor his perfect name for word play). I stole a bite of it, and the omelette oozing with gruyere cheese was one of the best omelettes I’ve had in a while. It tasted different from Bill Granger’s also famous scrambled eggs, so I can’t quite say which one I enjoyed more, but these green eggs were definitely deliciously savory and cheesy.
And lastly, you absolutely cannot leave Lauderdale without getting one of their fresh out-of-the-oven souffles. I was debating between the Salmon and Spinach Souffle or the Apple Cinnamon one–the sweet-tooth part of me won this round so hopefully next time I’ll get a chance to the try the savory souffle instead. Hot, fluffy, and creamy, Lauderdale has some serious souffle game!
Overall, Sam and I had a great breakfast. From service to food, Lauderdale was extremely enjoyable all around so we’ll definitely be coming back! To end with Dr. Seuss, “I do so like green eggs and ham. Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am.”
P.S. Thank you to everybody who has sent in restaurant recommendations for my Tokyo food adventures, I’ll definitely be checking them out!
Address // 1F Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka Dori 6-15-1 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo
Hours // Weekday 7:00-23:00 Sat, Sun, Hol 8:00-23:00
Phone // +81(0)3 3405 5533
Website // http://www.lauderdale.co.jp/index.php