Not sure how House of Small Wonder slipped under my radar for so long, but it is truly a treasure find of incredible coziness and great breakfast/brunch food with a Japanese flair. As their website aptly describes, “House of Small Wonder is inspired by european cafes, where the small cozy establishments focus on quality and not quantity.” But if you are not easily impressed with a good brunch in a cozy decor, at least come in to touch the tree which grows in the middle of the restaurant. Or, I guess, it would be more appropriate to say it’s rather that the restaurant grew around a magnificent tree whose lively branches can be seen piercing gloomy, Brooklyn winter sky as you step outside (forgive the drama, but it is winter in New York).
Aside from the a huge tree in the middle of the place the cafe is also filled with pots of plants and flowers and other live things that make you forget that you are in the middle of a lifeless city.
In terms of actual food, my companion and I ordered Tsukune Don (Japanese Chicken Meatballs w/egg over rice & miso soup) and Japanese Hamburg Steak which I’ve always seen the characters in Japanese shows consume, but have never tried myself yet.
Both dishes tasted like they were made from quality ingredients and it was a rather hearty meal overall. Though weirdly enough the loose texture and even the taste hamburg steak reminded me of Russian cutlet. Never thought I would find any similarities between Russian and Japanese cuisine, but I’m sure stranger things have happened in Williamsburg (or in Astoria? I need to visit Bear which I heard has something like Russian ramen and has me beyond intrigued).
We decided to pass on any adventurous beverages offered like matcha cappuccino because we were planning to go to MatchaBar located a few streets up to satisfy our matcha cravings and simply ordered the hot genmaicha which is our favorite tea variety at home as well.
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