Harajuku is one of Japan's busiest shopping districts, and is a teenage shopping haven. However, not only do they have fashionable and cheap clothing, but they are also famous for their crepes. I can personally vouch for how well delicious authentic Harajuku crepes are and would definitely recommend anyone visiting Japan to try one.
Harajuku Crepes attempts to bring the magic of these crepes back to Melbourne, recreating realistic plastic menu displays and an open cooking area. The variety is similar, with sweet crepes (Choc Banana, Hot Nutella Mango, Blueberry Blitz), savoury crepes (Chicken Salad, Tuna Pizza) and deluxe cold crepes (Tiramisu Deluxe, Pudding Deluxe). There is ever a DIY cold crepes option where you pick a crepe base (normal, chocolate or green tea), various fruits, chocolate or red bean with cream, custard, ice-cream or the lot as the filling, and finally topping flavour. Prices range from $4.80 for a simple hot peanut butter/nutella/custard/jam crepe, to $7.50 for a tuna pizza, ham cheese or ham cheese & mushroom crepe. There are two shops, a decent sized one in Knox City Ozone and a very small shop tucked in an open alley of Melbourne Central.
However, the big question on everyone's mind would be, how do these delectable looking plastic modeled crepes taste?
Answer: Not bad, not bad.
The sweet crepes are definitely very sweet, however the fillings are not generous. Personal favourites are the Cheesecake Deluxe and Strawberry Delight. The Cheesecake Deluxe includes cheesecake, blueberry, strawberry, cream and strawberry topping – a great combination! Harajuku Crepes are suitable an afternoon snack; however do not be lulled into the sense that a Chicken Pizza crepe can replace lunch. The savoury crepes are slightly unusual for the unaccustomed customer, however still have a sort of charm to their taste.
Harajuku Crepes is worth a try, and they have a range of hot and cold drinks to quench your thirst while you eat your delicious crepe.