Once again I have to thank Tripadvisor for a fantastic meal. A little cafe, just 2 min walk from our hotel, Grand Arc Hanzomon in Tokyo. Just across Hanzomon Metro Station, exit 1.
One of the high rated (#40) restaurants in Tokyo and just behind our hotel, talk about a lucky strike. The bistro got Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015.
Our last evening in Tokyo before Kyoto, I voted for us to have an early dinner and after that …. take the metro to the famous Shibuya Crossing, rumoured to be the world’s busiest. Tokyo’s answer on Time Sq and Piccadilly Circus. Personal I think it beats both. Never seen anything like it, but we will come the crossing in another post.
1F, Chiyoda 102-0088
Phone; +81 3-3237-3434
Dress code, None – $$
Cuisine; French, American and vegetarian.
A very busy little bistro, with both tourists and locals. We didn’t have a reservation, but got a table straight away. The staff are very welcoming and service is fantastic, food cooked with heart and soul. Staff young, fun and very attentive.
The staff talks enough English and it was easy to order food and they have an English menu. Very rustic and homely dishes. Generous portion served with big smiles. Their Mojito is good too. And their homemade lemonade is to die for, so no wine for me.
I had their lamb meatballs tagine – Lamb Meatball Kefa and Chick Pea Tagine. Nancy went for Australia grass fed Beef steak. Both dish very rustic and tasteful, just like country home cooking. They are only using ecologic organic and have their specialty is pork meat.
They also had a farmer market inside the restaurant for the week we were there. The
light in the restaurant in the evening wasn’t good enough for getting great images, but I have edit them the best I can.
I can’t remember if we had a starter or not, which is very strange. I always have a great memory for food I have enjoyed.
Dessert we had … and the staff had asked the chef to write us a little message on the plate, very sweet.
We returned to the restaurant the following day for Sunday brunch after we been to Meiji jingū shrine and before leaving for Tokyo station and the Shinkansen to Kyoto. The staff was so happy to see us back, but there was a few parties waiting on tables.
They told us it was about 15 min waiting time, which was okay for us, but somehow they had a table for us in less than 5 min. We had to share a 6 table with a young Japanese couple, they split the table with a bird cage.
For brunch we got a salad, a main course and dessert. They called it set on their menu. All sets cost 1.500Yen/103SEK/£8/$12/€11 – if we wanted beef steak it would have been 5.000yen more.
I went for the burger set and Nancy for soup set, fantastically good. Nancy soup was Italian Minestrone – big portion and it smell was out of this word.
When we got our desserts there was a little message on our plates again, such a lovely gesture.
On the side wall of the bar they had a message board with loads of notes and cards … all on Japanese. So I told our lovely waitress the first evening that I would send them postcard from Sweden for the board. And so I did – one with many red summer cottages and blue & yellow flags.
This is a very special little restaurant or bistro or cafe … and if I ever end up in Tokyo again, I’m going back for a meal the first thing I do.
In Kyoto we had dinner one evening next to an American couple on honeymoon and they were going back for a couple more days in Tokyo – we told them about the restaurant and I hope they found it.
Kojimachi Cafe is a very special place with great food and the most pleasant staff. Where ever you may stay in Tokyo take the metro to Hanzomon station, take exit 1 and just across the street you see it. You can’t miss it and it’s worth the travelling and the ticket.
A true little Food Gem in Tokyo with nearly 54 000 restaurants rated on Tripadvisor. Alan Ducasse’s 2 star restaurant “Beige” is rated #32 and this place is rated as #40 and the bill comes only to 10th off what “Beige” does.
All images expect mine come from the cafe’s website. Thank you!!!