In a residential area in the center of Nagoya, there is a store that could be called a mecca for fruit, where fruit lovers come from all over Japan and even from abroad…
Top Fruit Yaobun｜A sacred place for fruit that continues to transmit information from Nagoya to the world
Top Fruit Yaobun is located in Mizuho-ku, Nagoya City. Many of you may know Top Fruit Yaobun even if you have never visited it before, as it has been exposed on TV and in other media many times in the past. This store puts forward the usefulness of fruit as a healthy food, recommending that customers consume at least 200 grams of fruit daily to prevent cancer and lifestyle-related diseases.
There are more than 50 kinds of fruit juices alone…too many kinds to narrow it down to just one, so I ordered the store’s recommended mango juice!
Yaobun offers such a huge variety of fresh fruit juices anyway…
In this menu alone, there are 54 kinds of drinks. In addition, there are drinks not listed on the menu that seem to have been added since then, so there are probably more than 60 types of drinks on the menu.
Curious about what kind of restaurant it is, I entered the restaurant from the entrance on the far right. The first thing I saw was a showcase full of fruit, just like you would find in a supermarket. In a space so small that it was difficult for people to pass each other, there were oranges, kiwis, melons, and other fruits… Looking to the side, I saw that some juices had already been bottled and commercialized.
For a moment, I wondered if I had entered the wrong place. I thought. It’s a fruit store, so it’s nice that they have fruit, but where can I get juice? I was relieved to find two tables and a counter in a small space behind the fruit stand. I sat down and stared at the menu, but could not decide what to order.
The French toast set that I had at lunchtime had an amazing amount of fruit! Expect to be overwhelmed by the volume of sandwiches and parfaits as well!
Since it was just lunch time, I ordered the French toast set (1,500 yen + tax) instead of just the juice (500 yen of this was for the juice). The menu says “juice of the day,” but they don’t have any special juices available; juices priced 500 yen or less are included in the set price, and you can order juices priced 500 yen or more if you pay the difference.
But no matter how much juice is included in the price, isn’t 1,500 yen for a set of French toast expensive, even though it is not a luxury hotel? I thought so too. Obviously, the price is much higher than that of a local coffee shop. But I was convinced when the toast was actually brought in front of me. After all, it was such an amazing thing…
Personally, I have always had the image of French toast soggy with maple syrup as a synonym for unhealthy menu items, but the amount of fruit in this dish has a powerful impact that more than makes up for that negative image.
Slices of strawberries and bananas completely covering the toast, blueberries, oranges, melons, watermelons, pineapples, grapefruits… I have never in the past eaten so many kinds of fruits at once. I think you would have to be sick and hospitalized to find such a large quantity and variety of fruits.
And the mango juice I chose as my drink. The mango juice, which the owner boldly stated, “There is not a drop of water or ice in it!” The mango juice, which the owner boldly states, is a thick juice with a sticky sweetness that clings to the palate. To squeeze out such a large amount of juice, he must have used at least one whole mango.
This would be a great dish for fruit lovers. The fruit alone will certainly fill you up. In addition to French toast, you can also enjoy fruit-filled side dishes, parfaits, frappes, and more. If you are ever in Nagoya, it is worth a visit.
Morning service is available for one hour in the morning except Sundays! To get to Top Fruit Yaobun, an 8-minute walk from Sakurayama Station on the Nagoya Municipal Subway Sakuradori Line.
Now, here are the details of the restaurant…
Address: 1-5 Shioji-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Phone number: 052-852-0725
Business hours: 9:00-18:00
Closed: Open every day
It is also a 13-minute walk from Mizuho Kuyakusho Station on the Sakuradori Line, which is a little bit far, but within walking distance. It is a little inconvenient to get there from Nagoya Station, but there is a parking lot, so those coming by car can also feel at ease.
Incidentally, this restaurant offers a morning menu for one hour from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. except Sundays. I didn’t have a chance to try the morning menu this time, but if your timing is right, why not give it a try? I am sure they will surprise you just as I was surprised by their French toast.
P.S. There is also a very popular restaurant in Osaka that serves a lot of fruit…