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It looks as though Tokyo has finally woken up to the idea that there’s much more to a burger than the cheap, bland offerings of the fast-food chains. Premium burgers, made by hand with quality ingredients and cooked with care, are all over town these days and the best of the recent bunch is the strangely named Blacows in Ebisu.

All the patties are prepared in-house from 100 percent wagyu (Japanese black Angus cows — hence the name, an abbreviation of “black cow”). The buns are from the celebrated Maison Keyser bakery. And there’s a tasty range of fillings, from spicy jalapeno to Italian-style mozzarella and prosciutto.

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