In all my trips to Japan, I had never really sought out some truly western-style food. And to my own folly – it appears that Japan is exceptionally good at creating good food in general – not just “Japanese” food. It turned out that on this particular day, we had decided to head out to Himeji and post gorging ourselves on as much castle and garden that anyone in their right might could acceptably handle, we went on the casual search for something delicious to eat. Having not really planned this leg of the trip outside of seeing Himeji Castle and Ko-Koen Garden (post to follow, eventually), I found myself following up on my mainstream fail-safe – Trip Advisor.
Found just two minutes from the front door of Himeji Castle, Bakery 燈 Lamp (FB) is a bread-fan’s haven. Stocking a huge variety of speciality breads, pastries and treats, it also happens to have some very enticing burger meals. Tucked into a side alley, yet surprisingly distinguishable (the bright signage and display of random plastic figurines of burgers helped) this little shop is surprisingly cosy interior – oozing an excessive amount of care and attention to detail when it came to the fit-out – exposed beams, little nooks filled with books, knick-knacks and paintings adorning the walls, the space is filled with little surprises.
The shop is clearly geared to not only catering to locals, but to the odd tourist that may be yearning for something a little more like home – there is a mix of English and Japanese signage found about the space, super friendly and helpful English-speaking staff, free wifi and also a bilingual menu – making the entire process enjoyable for poor tourists with limited Japanese skills (our Japanese skills are very very very very limited).
The after deciding on Cheeseburger (750 yen) and avocado burger (850 yen), with one with a combo added on (drink and French fries +350 yen) – we ordered at the counter and then sat back to enjoy the break from the hot crowded streets.
Both burgers did not disappoint – the cheeseburger was filled with a generous beef patty that was juicy and well-cooked, as was the avocado burger. At this time I was still a little unsettled about burgers being served up in brioche buns, but after this delightful experience, I have totally changed my opinion about brioche buns. I love brioche buns. Brioche buns are my friends. Brioche buns are my family. The more brioche buns, the better. Bring on the brioche buns. I feel like I have typed the word brioche way too much and now it’s awkward.
I also have discovered a passion for avocado on all of all of the things. A little later in my Osaka travels, I come across a rice meal with avocado on it. It was like a high-cholesterol dream of green creaminess.
The fries were a little bit of a surprise – as they were not traditional potato fries, but sweet potato fries. A bonus for me as I adore pretty much any tuber – and an even bigger bonus, my usually sweet-potato-“allergic” husband adored them. We crunched them down with glee – as they were cute French-fry-stylee with the perfect crusty exterior and mushy potato ratio.
Turns out I’m a big fan of burgers (this event in Japan spawned a slightly disturbing sequence of finding burger joints back in Brisbane and eating at…all of them) – and I love a juicy beef patty more that I think is appropriate to express. Shamefully, in Oz, the brioche hasn’t really caught on as much as in Japan – but a girl can keep hoping. So, if you just happen to be out and about in Himeji and you’re looking for a burger that isn’t intrinsically entwined with an outlet, try this little joint. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
ADDRESS: 〒670-0012 兵庫県姫路市本町68番地平和不動産ビル 1F西
OPENING HOURS: Tues-Sat: 08:30 – 19:00, Sun: 08:30 – 18:00