From pizza to tacos, B612 has it all across from Hardy Barracks
Situated across the street from Hardy Barracks, B612 Nishiazabu is a new restaurant serving up a wide range of food.
With signage touting pizza and sandwiches, B612 offers slices of the New York-style variety, pita-style sandwiches and various Mexican dishes.
The shop is run by Korean Ryan Chang, Mexican Haim Antoine and Japanese Hiroyuki Narui which helps to create the multicultural dining atmosphere. T With menus in English, and staffers having no trouble speaking, the restaurant is very English-friendly. In fact, Americans are the majority of B612’s clientele, according to Narui.
According to Narui, the B612 name comes from a well-known French fantasy book “The Little Prince.” In the fantasy, the Little Prince inhabits the tiny asteroid named B612 with a rose and a baobab tree. The restaurant’s dim lighting and illustrations of “The Little Prince” and the B612 asteroid on walls help to tell the tale, while the French-looking interior and stylish façade feel as if you’ve strayed onto a street in Europe.
“The interior was built with the image of street in Paris in mind,” Narui said. “I think it will make you feel as if you’ve dropped by a food stand during a pleasant walk in Paris.”
With the stylish façade, open interior and spacious arrangement of tables, I sat at the large table for lunch. The thick menu ranged from various pizzas, steak herb salad, pocket sandwiches to tacos and burritos. It was a lot, and I ended up asking for a recommendation.
Following the recommendation, I ordered taco rice for 800 yen ($7.50) and a slice of pepperoni pizza for 300 yen ($2.70).
Since they hand-make each dish, it may take a little more time than a fast food joint. While waiting for meal, however, it was fun of watching the chefs cook my dishes in the open kitchen.
B612 also features an free arcade game and electronic darts, which make for a great way to wait for your tasty meal.
“Rather than a quick bite, I hope customers would take their time and enjoy our meal in the cozy and fantastic atmosphere,” Narui said.
Both the taco rice and pepperoni pizza were great!
The taco rice impressed me with the very spicy, fully-flavored taste made up of Mexican chili beans, salsa fresca, red onion, cheese, lime and coriander, and a softly boiled egg on top. The sophisticated flavor reminded me of some traditional Japanese cuisines.
“Although taco rice originally started on Okinawa, ours has more of a Mexican taste, since I applied Mexican home flavoring to the dish,” Antoine said.
The authentic Mexican taste made up my mind, and I plan to try the burritos, chicken Fajitas and tampiquena, as well for my next visit.
With three types of pepperoni from Milano, Felino (Italy) and Ibérica (Spain), and German mozzarella cheese, the pizza was very good.
The eatery offers selected craft beers, as well. With their most popular being Lagunitas Little Sumpin, they also offer various German, Swedish and Japanese craft beers for 800 yen ($7.50).
The shop can accommodate any type of party for 40 to 80 people.
B612 nishiazabu is a nice joint for tasty pizza and Mexican food, along with craft beer. And for those staying at Hardy Barracks, you can’t beat the one-minute walk.
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., 5:30 -11 p.m., Sat., Sun. and holidays, Noon - 4 p.m., 5:30 -11 p.m.
Location: 1-4-10 [1F] Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo