Tokyo brunch venue: Cicada

Finally got to check out Cicada (a mediterranean cuisine restaurant) for brunch, which is more like a lunch menu rather than traditional brunch items. They are part of the same food group that runs other great dining establishments like Ty Harbour, Ivy, and Beacon (which also does a great brunch).

Cicada was pretty packed on the day we went which happened to also be Mother’s Day. You generally need reservations to get a table. The front part of the restaurant is a bakery cafe BreadWorks under the same company umbrella, so you’ll need to proceed to the back where there is also an outdoor terrace dining area. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our group of 6 shared quite a few dishes so we got to sample a bit of everything.

I can’t resist scallops:

There’s something so meaty and satisfying about good chunky scallops:

And beetroot salad was not quite what I was expecting, but still tasty nevertheless – thin slices of beetroot with ricotta cheese in the middle.

And for mains, I went with the lamb which didn’t disappoint.

It was a lovely Sunday feast.

More like a lunch than a brunch.

We didn’t try the dessert menu but we did end up going to Blue Bottle coffee instead afterwards for coffee and beignets.

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