The place looks pretty full when we waited in line (right at the front though) and we were told that we might only get an outdoor table, which we were fine with. We were led to a small round room full of TV screens where they explained the difference between ichiban shibori (first press) and what comes after. Each of us also had two cups of sample of first and second press to taste the difference for ourselves. 2 minutes, and then we could go in to the shop itself. Yay. We got an indoor table. Double yay.
Uo-san said she doesn’t drink so we had something lighter, the fruit juice infused version. The frozen foam is so cute (the Caucasian guys who ordered after us said “looks like cow dung” when they saw our drinks being served LOL), and the coasters too!
With Nanana-kun too.
We had deep fried avocado as otsumami and it was SO GOOD.
Frozen foam proved great in keeping the beer chilled, and it’s still there when we finished our drink. So awesome.
Pork ribs – someone else’s order. Apparently it’s their best seller.
Counter. The screen shows various Kirin CMs. The only Arashi CM shown was the ichiban shibori comparison one.
Drawers full of cute paper picks where you can choose from and take pictures suggesting the theme of your gathering at Kirin Ichiban Garden. I took the beer can one from the last row but didn’t take any pictures with it.
We took a small standing table because there’s only two of us, a clothed brisket was provided for us to place our bags. Our table was near the entrance so everyone had to pass by us, we saw many people walking in holding Ohno’s Freestyle II shopping bag full of goods inside, guess it’s really convenient since this place isn’t far from Omotesando Hills. We had so much fun talking and taking small bites we didn’t realize we actually stood there for more than an hour.
Obligatory night view. Oh dear spotlight why didst thou shine so brightly onto Ohno’s fair face.
*some photos used with credit to Uo-san