Let's Meat: Faith
The hamburger is a decidedly Western creation, and most burger shops in Tokyo try to remain faithful to that model. Visitors to Faith, however, can find the perfect mix of East-meets-West in a bun, burgers that have Japanese-y flair without getting too wa. Faith was opened last year by Hiroshi Orii and his wife near Akebono-bashi, a neighborhood with a small-town Japanese atmosphere. Inside their cozy eatery await some truly tasty burgers, made from 100 percent Japanese beef and grilled to order. What sets Faith apart isn’t the tender, juicy patties, though—it’s the buns. Made with fermented butter, they are an unbelievably soft and chewy cushion for those heavy beef patties. Faith grills up over 20 varieties of burgers and sandwiches, including the California Burger (¥1,180)—served with avocado and a special spicy Cajun sauce—and, for those looking for some extra meaty goodness, a double hamburger (¥1,460). All burgers are served with fries, while sandwiches come with pickles.
HOW TO GET THERE
16 Araki-cho, Shinjuku-ku.
Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm and 5-9pm, Sat & hols 11.30am-7pm.
Closed Sun (delivery only 11:30am-7pm).
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