Little Darling Coffee Roasters Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan

Little Darling Coffee Roasters Interior
Little Darling Coffee Roasters Interior

Little Darling Coffee Roasters is a gorgeous, Instagrammy place that is somewhat hard to find, and if you’re coming for coffee or food, I don’t recommend you bother. After traipsing through a local park trying to track down the dot on Google Maps, I realized

Little Darling Coffee Roasters Interior 3
Little Darling Coffee Roasters Interior

I had to walk around the block to get into Share Green Minami Aoyama, a very cool adult playground type of spot in an interstitial Tokyo neighborhood, with a vast faded green turf surrounded by buildings, cabanas, park-y areas, some office buildings, and lots of foliage.

Little Darling Coffee Roasters Interior 2
Little Darling Coffee Roasters Interior

Little Darling Coffee Roasters inhabits a giant, hangar-like space on the northern side of Share Green. Given the beautiful space and good design elements, I was excited to try their offerings. Although it was fairly early in the day, I ordered their so-called

Japanese Beef Bao + Espresso - Little Darling Coffee Roasters
Japanese Beef Bao + Espresso – Little Darling Coffee Roasters

Japanese bao sandwich along with my espresso and received a dry mantou containing chewy, overcooked sukiyaki-style beef and a piece of dry tofu – except for a chopped green onion and julienned daikon garnish no other elements were present – and no flavor either. The coffee was seriously over-roasted in the old-school Japanese style, so I gave up on Little Darling entirely, found my way out of Share Green and headed out to Aoyama proper to meet an old friend for lunch.

Share Green Minamai Aoyama Entrance
Share Green Minamai Aoyama Entrance

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