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Machino Palor (Cafe) in Kotake Mukaihara, Tokyo Offers Japanese Bread That Isn’t Too Fluffy

Japanese bread has a wide variety and is unique, fluffy, chewy and delicious; it has a great reputation among foreigners who visit Japan. Meanwhile it is not rare for those of other countries to be unsatisfied with Japanese bread. This is because people in many countries have an image of bread as something hard, with baguette being a leading example.

“It’s too soft.” “It’s just fluffy and hollow inside” “The outside is not crisp.”

If you think Japanese bread is not real bread, we would like to introduce bread from “Machino Parlor” in Nerima-ku Tokyo. This store opened 5 years ago as a sister store of “Parlor Ekoda”, which opened about 10 years ago.


Hard Bread

Writer’s Photo: From the left, “walnut & raisin bread, cheese rustique, ciabatta

In recent years bread enthusiasts in Japan have increased in number, and they call some bread “hard bread” and others “lean bread”. But stores that carry hard bread filled with solid dough are still minorities in Japan.

But this bakery offers baguette with crispy skin, several kinds of rustique, and you can buy as much pain de campagne as you like by weight.


The More You Chew, the Tastier It Becomes

Writer’s Photo: Bread for takeout

Hard bread is made from basic ingredients such as wheat flour, rye flour, salt, natural yeast, yeast, and water. It is low in additives and this is one of the characteristics of the hard bread. This type of bread is made, utilizing taste of the ingredients.  Because little fat is contained such as butter, the bread has hard texture, and the more you chew, the more flavorful it becomes.


There is Also a Café: Relaxing, Broad Space

Writer’s Photo

The store also offers a variety of lean bread sandwiches, and it is always crowded. By the way, the photo is showing roast pork sandwiches.

Writer’s Photo

There are tables and a few counter seats, and the atrium creates spacious feeling.


The Recommended “Quiche Set”

Writer’s Photo: A Set of Spinach Quiche with Ricotta Cheese & Café Latte

You can choose quiche from two kinds; one is shown in the photo and the other utilizes seasonal ingredients. It comes with a leafy salad and three kinds of sliced bread for a total of 730 yen. If you add a soft drink, it comes to 930 yen. You can get a taste of bread here, and purchase the bread you liked on the way out.


“Machino Parlor” in the Morning, Afternoon, and on Holidays

Writer’s Photo

A nursery school is established next to the bakery, and many bicycles are always parked here that are used by mothers who drop off and pick up their children. For this reason children are seen often in the store, though the café’s service is designed for adult customers.

In addition to the hard bread to savor the deliciousness of bread, there are also sweet pastries, such as pecan tarts and fruit tarts to make children happy. They are great for takeout, and you can enjoy them leisurely at home with a cup of tea.


“Machino Parlor” at Night

Writer’s Photo

The café is open until 9 PM. The menu includes items that may go well with wine. Bread with cashews and black pepper or whole wheat bread with walnuts and figs pair very well with wine, thus it’s a great idea for takeout to enjoy it at home.


If you have thought that Japanese bread is not real bread, please visit “Machino Parlor” in Tokyo and give it a try. I’m sure your favorite bread will be there.

<Machino Parlor> Map
Business Hours: 7:30 AM~9:00 PM (Breakfast menu: ~10:00 AM, Lunch menu: 10:00 AM~6:00 PM, Dinner menu: 6:00 PM~)
Closed on Tuesdays (open on holidays)
A day before closed days (usually Mondays): dinners are not served.
Telephone: 03-6312-1333

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About the author

I have worked in a museum as a curator and I specialize is in craft products. I have grown up in the city, but now enjoy the country life. From an environment rich in nature, I will report to you on seasonal events and customs of Japan, foods and how to make them. I look forward to introducing special moments in Japan that you will not see in ordinary guidebooks.

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