How to enjoy Kabutocho and Kayabacho Vol.2
HOPPERS is the second restaurant of Chef Kazushiro Ito, the chef behind the famous spice restaurant ‘Spice Cafe’ in Oshiage. The Sri Lankan restaurant has a modern gray-tone finish, serving both lunch and dinner. The lunch menu features the standard Sri Lankan fare, and dinner consists of a course menu where diners can take their time and enjoy new expressions of flavors and of spice.
Be sure to arrive at Kabutocho a little early, as the restaurant fills up quickly during lunchtime. Calm yourself with the warm cardamom water served on arrival, and go ahead and order rice and curry, a staple menu item in Sri Lanka. A lunch where a wide variety of spices and ingredients come together in perfect balance is the perfect way to start your city walk feeling refreshed.
HOPPERS 1F KABUTO ONE 7−1 Nihonbashikabutocho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0026
After lunch wander over to ‘teal’ for a seasonal parfait.
‘teal’ is a chocolate and ice cream store created by partners Shohei Masago, formerly of ‘Pascal Le Gac’, and Keisuke Oyama of ‘EASE’. The shop offers a variety of sweets that can only be enjoyed in-store, such as the “fig and chocolate parfait” alongside other parfaits made with an abundance of seasonal fruits. There are also baked goods and chocolates for sale, popular for those looking to buy gifts. The building, which is approximately 90 years old, was originally called ‘Nisshokan’ and features large arched windows giving it a relaxing and historical atmosphere. On warm days, we recommend sitting outside and enjoying an ice cream whilst taking in the view of Kabutocho. The motif of ‘teal’ is a duck, which is meant to symbolize wealth, making it the perfect match for the financial district of Kabutocho. Whilst the name ‘teal’ comes from the color of the duck’s feathers, which are said to be teal green. Look out for the motif on the packaging and windows.
teal 1F Nisshokan 1−10 Nihonbashikabutocho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0026
If you are in search of coffee beans, head towards the back streets and you’ll find ‘SR Coffee Roaster & Bar’, marked by a neon sign. ‘SR’ is a micro-roaster from Stockholm. The coffee is roasted in-store, with the delicious aroma of coffee wafting down the street. The coffee shop and staff are friendly and the offerings change regularly. Fresh bread from Katane Bakery lines the display on Friday mornings. The incredibly popular homemade Basque cheesecake, which is only available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, is also a treat. The seasonal limited menu also includes many drinks and pastries, so be sure to check back each season.
SR 9-5 Nihonbashi Kabutocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0026
Omnipollos Tokyo, located next to SR, is a craft beer brand from Stockholm. You can enjoy beer from 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and 1:00 p.m. on weekends. The beers are available in a wide range of flavors, so why not find your favorite while chatting with the staff? In addition to beer, original goods such as glasses, T-shirts, and stickers are also very popular. Silk printing events are also held on weekends on an irregular basis. You can even bring your own items and print them yourself!
Omnipollos Tokyo 9-5 Nihonbashi Kabutocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0026
All of the stores are comfortable, so enjoy the atmosphere and good music and have fun discovering Kabutocho. The afternoons in Kabutocho are not only for shopping but for eating as well!
Text : Mami Tamada
Photo : Naoto Date