GF Bagels in Tokyo: Where is a Dog?

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  • 100% Gluten-Free Shop
  • Vegetarian and Vegan Options
  • English menu
  • Always double check with staff about possible changes in the menu and confirm that everything is GF.

Where is a Dog? opened in October of 2017 and serves up 100% gluten-free lunch, desserts, dinner, and baked goods, including many vegan and vegetarian options

I used to be a really picky eater, and one of my go-to foods was a bagel and cream cheese. While bread is one of those things I have never really minded giving up, I do miss bagels!

When I heard that Where is a Dog? had GF bagels, it was just enough of a draw to compel me to walk from my office in Shinjuku to check this place out. I wasn’t disappointed. 

It is located close to Waseda station. It took about twenty minutes to walk from Shinjuku-Sanchome and was sprinkled with wildflowers and retro relics.

When I had heard about the shop, I expected a dog-themed shop. Upon arrival, I think I understand the meaning of the name of the shop: Where is a dog? Only cat art and statues here!

The menu is clearly labeled in English, so easy for a group of people with different eating requirements who do not read or speak much Japanese.

I ordered the pizza toast lunch set, and it was delicious.

You might be thinking…pizza toast? I want to eat Japanese food! Well, just like tacos are basically American food to me, so pizza toast has become a popular “Japanese” food. 

Pizza toast was supposedly invented by a cafe in Yurakicho, Cafe Bensica, in the 60s. At the time pizza dough was hard to come by, and it was pricy to eat real pizza. Therefore, pizza toast was invented.

People still visit Cafe Bensica to try their famous pizza toast, but since I can’t, I’ll accept this cheesy, gooey rendition.  

They have a sweets menu with many vegan and GF sweets, but since my lunch set came with dessert I didn’t have any room left to try them.

Right next door there was a natural foods market (Waseda Natural) that had plenty of GF snacks and ingredients, so it is worth stopping by before or after you eat lunch or dinner.

Note that the “rice bread” sold in Waseda Natural shop is NOT GF, but they were kind enough to let me know that Where is a Dog? next door DOES sell GF, vegan bread. (Little did she know I already had a bunch of GF bread from there in my bag, but the gesture was very kind.)

I bought three bagels to bring home. One I ate the next morning, the other two I froze and thawed/toasted. The everything bagel had yummy seasoning and came out of the toaster the right texture even after being frozen.

Considering how much my New York friends complain about the lack of good bagels in Japan, my expectations were pretty low, especially for a GF bagel. It went above and beyond my expectations; in fact, I think I will be a regular bagel customer.

I gave my non-GF husband a bite of my bagel sandwich, and he claimed it was better than the gluten-filled one he was eating from Bagel and Bagel.

Next time I’ll have to go for dinner since they have a good selection of GF beer, cider, and organic wine. I’m especially curious to try the Ground Breaker beer, and this is the first place I have seen it in Japan.

What have been YOUR Tokyo eating highlights? Where should we review next? Let us know in the comments!

Restaurant Information

Business Hours Tues-Sat 11:00-9:00pm, Sun 11:00-6:00pm
Closed Mondays
Nearest StationsWaseda Station (Tozai Line) : 3 mins walk
Baba hitamachi 馬場下町 (Bus): 2 mins walk
WebsiteN/A Phone Number: +81-362059750

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