Today we checked out Luke’s Lobster here in Harajuku and it was a really neat experience seeing East Coast American seafood make a splash here in Japan.
Harajuku has a lot other foreign options but we never thought we’d see something as colloquial as a New England-style seafood here. It wouldn’t fair to pass this opportunity by so we headed in the door amidst the crowd.
While much of the menu has it’s origins in the Maine-style Lobster Roll, there are a handful of different styles to try and a few classic sides such as Coleslaw and he New England staple, Clam Chowder. The prices are reasonable but it’s not somewhere I would go very often being in Harajuku, as you can expect a similar price point to the nearby restaurants which is a little above average. For Lobster though it’s hard to beat.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was nice and much like I’ve come to expect living here in Japan, the service was undeniably great, except for the wait time. Due to the popularity of the area and the restaurant, I expected to wait a bit for our food to arrive. From the time we had ordered until we received our food we waited roughly 35 minutes. It would be unfair to fault them entirely for the delay.
After we received our food we couldn’t help but think it was well worth the wait. The serving sizes were good for the price point and the presentation was really something else, I really like the designs they used on the wrappers and in fact I was a pretty big fan of their branding over all you should really check it out. The food was amazing though and although I’ve never been a huge sea food fan, yeah I know I’m in Japan, I still really liked it. I will definitely be taking another trip back sometime, most likely to one of their other locations.
I think opening up a seafood franchise here in Japan has some risks involved. Japanese companies corner the market on essentially all seafood not that there is any bad blood, but I was surprised with the turnout for a foreign restaurant that tries to do what Japan already does so well. Needless to say my expectations for people to stick to their trained taste buds was wrong. The shop is kind of like a food stall, so there is no inside seating. Enjoy your lobster roll to-go or try to grab a seat on one of the benches.
Luke’s Lobster has a total of three locations here in Tokyo, as well as a few more in the Kansai are if you want to check them out. Overall, it was a fun time in Harajuku and a decent experience with Luke’s Lobster.
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Address: 6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Access: 5 minute walk from Meijijingu-Mae Station
Hours: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Website: Luke’s Lobster
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