Shake Tree Diner is a restaurant located in the Mukojima district of Sumida City in Tokyo. It is part of the Mizumachi complex, which opened in mid 2020 and is a complement to Solamachi Skytree Town within a 5-minute walk from the Tokyo Skytree station.
The idea behind the diner is the following: the founder had once been to a restaurant in America and since it had been so crowded he was almost ready to leave, but all of a sudden the waitress came to his table, knelt down next to him and said, "I'm sorry to keep you waiting, it's packed here today. Let me take a break for a minute." Shortly after, she continued "Okay! What can I get you? Well, I especially like ...", and she presented the menu to him. He felt like he was being treated like a friend and not just a guest. Having never had such an experience as a customer before, he was startled at first but then intrigued at the same time. He was thrilled by the happy atmosphere at all the tables, and he said to himself: I want to open a restaurant like that.
The team of Shake Tree Diner and its sister restaurant Shake Tree Burger & Bar has made it their mission to provide this atmosphere for the customers here in Japan. Everyone is treated as an exceptional guest. The name Shake Tree comes from the statement: Shake one's tree, which means to make someone happy.
A friendly welcome
You feel this philosophy as soon as you enter the restaurant. Of course, it is not unusual in Japan to be greeted by all employees. At the Shake Tree Diner this greeting is even more heartfelt. Upon entering everyone turns to the new guest, and you are warmly welcomed. The same applies to the farewell: after you paid at the cash desk near the entrance and exit, everybody will say goodbye to you loudly.
Once you are seated, it doesn't take long for a waiter/waitress to sit next to you and explain the menu in detail (various specials, set menus and drinks etc.) in a relaxed atmosphere. While you are choosing something from the menu, you will notice the atmospheric decoration and music, which also draws you into another country in the West.
Burgers, Sandwiches, Hot Dogs and more
The diner offers various hot dogs, sandwiches and burgers. According to the staff, the most popular dishes on the menu are from the burger and hot dog category. As a small special feature, the Shake Tree Diner offers a main course plus a free soft drink from Monday to Friday during lunchtime. In addition, there is also a daily changing burger of the day.
A small selection from the menu is:
- Regular Hot Dog
- Sweet Chilli Hot Dog
- Bacon Burger
- World Famous Wild Out Burger
- Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich
- Vegetable Sandwich
- Banana Split
- Apple Cinnamon Cobbler
Additional toppings are the following:
Of course, there is also a drink menu for alcoholic beverages as well as soft drinks. Drinks like cola, lemonade, tea, coffee, ginger ale and typical American shakes are offered. The alcoholic beverages include various wines, beers, different types of whiskey and much more. According to the employees, beers and the various shakes are the most popular categories among the drinks.
Burgers and more also for the little ones
However, the actual highlight for me is the special "Fun Menu" for children:
- Mini Hamburger
- Mini Cheeseburger
- Chicken Tender
- Cheese Toast
You can also choose from a variety of side dishes and a soft drink.
Shake Tree at home
While Shake Tree itself doesn't offer its own delivery service, there is still the option to order your food using Uber Eats.
The Shake Tree Diner is a restaurant that stands out from the crowd of American-inspired restaurants in Japan. As the waiter/waitress kneels next to you and answers all your questions, a feeling of familiarity immediately sets in. The various dishes are the perfect size, fresh and delicious. If you are in Sumida City near the Skytree and would like to visit a diner style restaurant, you should put Shake Tree Diner in Mizumachi at the top of your list.