Crepe stands abound in Tokyo’s Harajuku fashion and shopping district, and now El Pasoans can sample a bit of Japanese pop culture on the West Side.
Husband-and-wife team Kiyo Tomita and Sharon Hsu offer sweet and savory crepes, boba tea, Calpico soft drinks, Ramune sodas, ice cream and coffee. Sushi bento boxes are featured at lunchtime. Their menu is continuously evolving; their most recent additions include yakisoba noodles and curry chicken rice.
Savory crepes include Ham & Cheese, Tuna, Reuben, Teriyaki Chicken, Zen Garden (vegetarian) and Philly Cheese, their newest addition. Sweet crepes can consist of Nutella, cream, berries, banana or ice cream. Green tea and Adzuki (red bean) ice cream are shipped from Japan, but you can also choose from several Blue Bell brand varieties.
Boba tea, also known as bubble tea, is a sweet and milky tea beverage with tapioca pearls that originated in Taiwan during the ’80s. Almond, coconut and vanilla-flavored boba teas are also available.
Japanese Crepe House is worth the trek for Eastsiders, with its affordable prices and casual environment that includes a children’s play area. You’ll want to visit during one of their fun events that have included bilingual story times, cosplay parties and sushi-making classes.
910 E. Redd Rd, Suite E, 915-760-8977. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Price range: $4-$8. Vegetarian friendly. For more visit facebook.com/japanesecrepehouse.