Breakfast at Bills in Yokohama

Berry berry pancakes with berry butter

 By Jessica A Paje   Oct 21, 2013

It’s not Japanese, but it’s definitely worth a try if you haven’t been to Australia. And if you’ve followed my Japan travel blog from the start, you'll know that bills restaurant is my all-time favorite breakfast spot in Japan.

Australian chef, Bill Granger, brought the famous creamy scrambled eggs and fluffy ricotta pancakes recipe to the Kanagawa region and I just can’t get enough of them both. That is until I came face to face with their berry berry pancakes with berry butter. Offered only at the Yokohama location, this ‘bills Classics’ item is such a delight and worth every minute of standing in line anxiously awaiting a table.

bills in Yokohama is located at the historical Red Brick Warehouse (Akarenga Soko in Japanese) in Building No.2. It is the second location to open outside of Sydney, Australia. Designed using elements of Japanese and European architecture, Building No.2 is made up of some 3,180,000 bricks & 560 tons of steel; so beautiful to photograph any time of the day. The glass terrace of bills overlooks the ocean and is a charming addition to the 102-year old building. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to see a visiting cruise ship along the pier.

Once inside, the modern yet cozy fresh feel awakens your spirit and puts a smile on your face. I couldn’t help from people watching as I sat at my table. Are they as excited about being here as much as I am? Of course! There was a whole lot of picture taking and instant uploading to their favorite social media application, I’m sure.

The berry berry pancakes with berry butter (¥1,400)….be still my heart! The magical berry batter recipe turns into three hotcakes perfectly golden and topped off with powdered sugar and seasonal berries such as strawberries, blueberries & raspberries. It was so delicious my order suddenly became a shared plate and was all gone too fast. Luckily, we had ordered the full aussie breakfast (¥1,800) that included the most amazing scrambled eggs I’ve ever tasted in my life, bacon, pork & fennel sausage, roast tomato, mushrooms and toast. As usual, we ordered the mozzarella & sage toasted sandwich (¥1,100) and paired our meals with bills hot chocolate with valrhona chocolate (¥700) & bills daily greens juice (¥700), a blend of green apple, cucumber, spinach, chia seeds and young coconut. Once again, we had a winning breakfast of champions!

To access bills at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, take a 9-minute taxi ride from Yokohama Station or a 9-minute walk from Nihonodori Station. If you’re in the area, try visiting the other fantastic location I’ve blogged about: Shichirigahama overlooking the beach in Kamakura (article & photos). The Odaiba location is situated at Decks Tokyo Beach for an awesome view of Rainbow Bridge.

Written by Jessica A Paje
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Cheng Ann Chua 3 months ago
My wife favourite ... berry berry pancakes
Victoria Vlisides 5 months ago
I cannot say "Yummm" enough!
Olga Kaneda 2 years ago
I agree with you - bills pancakes are the best in Japan! My husband and I love them so much. Our favorites:
Olga Kaneda 2 years ago
Jessica, Honeycomb Butter was a real eye-opener. Simple yet super tasty!
Andrew Kehoe 3 years ago
I want pancakes.
JJ Walsh 3 years ago
I think we had to wait so long to get in and for food because it was a weekend and end of the new year holidays, glad to hear it's not usually like that. We also got a seat near the side door and it was a great view, but quite cold as the draft from the door where people were waiting to come in was often left open until the main doors opened at 11am. Likely best to wait for a table inside the main dining area if you arrive early. I don't live in the Tokyo area myself, but next time I'm in the area I might try another location too if I have the chance, thanks for the recommendation.
I had the organic free-range eggs and whole wheat toast with avocado as well as the fruit platter - everything was great! The coffee also was wonderful :)