{  VOVO — ボボ  }

VOVO -- ボボ
VOVO -- ボボ
VOVO -- ボボ
VOVO -- ボボ

Another yummy curry place in Gakudai. VOVO curry opened in April 2013 and is making a name for itself with its spicy curry (beef curry) as well as its other deliciously flavored curry. I saw this place on TV so I decided to check it out. It’s a small shop but it has some nice retro touches.

The curry is only 1000yen during lunch time and it comes with a small side salad. During lunchtime you can order the combo for 1000yen and try 2 flavors of curry. We both ordered the veggie + butter chicken combo. Both curries were very tasty and I really enjoyed the flavors. I don’t know how they make the rice and two different flavors of curry look so nice on one plate but the presentation was perfection. The portions are rather small so we felt that it wasn’t quite enough food for us. The little condiments on the side were also good and are spice + pickles to go with your rice.

I still love sync curry a bit more but this is a new spot that is not to be missed!

Address // 2-21-8, Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3713-6334
Website // n/a

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{  Sushiya no Yoshikan — すし屋の芳勘  }

Sushiya no Yoshikan - すし屋の芳勘
Sushiya no Yoshikan - すし屋の芳勘
Sushiya no Yoshikan - すし屋の芳勘
Sushiya no Yoshikan - すし屋の芳勘

We hadn’t had sushi in a while and had a craving for it so we did some research and decided to try this place and surprisingly had a great experience.

Ordered the “Matsu Nigiri Lunch Set” for 2500yen. The set comes with a starter, miso soup, pickles, chawanmushi/茶碗蒸し, 8 pieces of sushi, tamgao, negitoromaki (6 pieces), and a small dessert. Best of all, we didn’t have to stand in line or wake up early to eat there like we would have had to in Tsukiji. There were lots of locals dining there during lunch time and I have to say we were quite full and satisfied after our meal.

Here are their Nigiri/Chirashi lunch sets which are served only between 12pm-2pm for this special price:
- Ume(梅) 1500yen
- Take(竹) 2000yen
- Matsu(松) 2500yen
- Tokujyo(特上) 3000yen

If you’re looking for a decent sushi restaurant near Meguro-ku with quality fish at an affordable price, check out Yoshikan.

Address // 3-16-19, Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3793-6261
Website // http://www.susi-yoshikan.jp/index.html

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{  Noumin Cafe — 農民カフェ  }

Noumin Cafe - 農民カフェ
Noumin Cafe - 農民カフェ
Noumin Cafe - 農民カフェ
Noumin Cafe - 農民カフェ

“Noumin Cafe”, which translates to “Farmer’s cafe” in Japanese, opened in a residential area of Gakugeidaigaku earlier this year. They provide simple and organic food made with farm fresh ingredients.

They only have 2 items on their lunch menu but the “Noumin (farmer’s) sozai plate” is awesome. It comes with seasonal fresh ingredients + soup + a drink of your choice for 1200yen. Everything was good and I didn’t even realize the plate didn’t have any meat on it until I went back the second time! I am not vegetarian but I was well satisfied. This is a great place for those who want to experience Japanese farm fresh food with a zen ambiance.

This cafe is also very mommy/baby friendly as the upstairs area was filled with large groups of moms and babies the last time I visited. I really like their homemade herb tea that comes with their lunch sets as well. Gakugeidaigaku might be a fun neighborhood to explore if you haven’t done it yet.

PS: They unfortunately don’t have an English menu but I’ve briefly translated the one above in red :)

Address // 2-21-4, Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5734-1190
Website // http://ameblo.jp/hyakushow/

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{  Sync  }

Sync
Sync
Sync
Sync

There are many curry houses and different varieties and types of curry in Japan, which makes it difficult to consider one as your favorite. I’ve been in a curry phase lately and have been trying a lot of good places but I think I’ve finally found one that really stands out from the rest. It doesn’t really fit into any of the typical categories of curry but something about it is just so comforting and tasty.

It’s located in an random side alley in Gakugeidaigaku, and this tiny curry house seats only 8 customers at a time. The best thing on the menu is their Chicken Curry. The Curry set includes a salad, brown rice, and curry with 3 toppings of your choice for 1500yen. It’s soupy, flavorful, spicy, hearty, and homey all in one! Aside from the toppings of your choice, the curry also has generous amounts of tender chicken mixed in.

The topping choices are: eggplant, mini tomato, okra, caggabe, shimeji-mushroom, spinach, onsen-tamagao (egg), flavored egg (dipped in nam pla), homemade fried garlic, zucchini, camembert cheese, potato, cilantro, pumpkin, and mushroom. My favorite ingredient hands down is the camembert cheese. It might sound like a strange ingredient for a curry, but it really melts into the spicy curry and it’s just SO good.

They also sell banmi sandwiches and bagels too. Seems like the owner of this place also owns Star bagels so that’s probably why they sell it here? The sandwich pictured above is the “Honey Lemongrass & Chicken” banmi sandwich (500yen).

This is not a place to come with a big party but if you are looking for a hearty comforting curry with a friendly owner, I highly recommended this place. They also do take out orders.

Address // 2-8-21, Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3760-0655
Website // http://www.spice-you-up.net/

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{  Stella  }

Stella
Stella
Stella
Stella

Stella is a local Italian restaurant right off of Gakugeidaigaku station in a quiet area right off the main street and it’s a hidden gem. It’s hard to get a seat since it only seats about 16 people and I’ve been wanting to come here for quite sometime now but never was able to because it was always full no matter what time I came. So we finally decided to make reservations and got to try this place. Results = :)

We got a table for the six of us and four of us ordered the dinner course that includes 2 appetizers, 1 starter, 1 pizza, 1 pasta, a dessert and drink ALL for 2900yen/each. The other two ordered individual items off of the menu but oh my goodness, we ordered way too much food. Just looking at these photos makes me full again… Anyhow, every plate was delicious. I particularly loved the starter “Italian veggie plate” that came with all sorts of marinated vegetables. The 2nd pasta you see was the special of the day which was a “uni cream pasta” which was surprisingly light and not too heavy on the uni (sea urchin). The desserts we ordered were pumpkin pudding and panna cotta.

It seems like this restaurant is owned by a husband and wife team, but I’m not certain. Either way, there’s only 1 chef and 1 server so don’t expect the service to be super fast here. However, the lady who served us was very polite and nice and didn’t mind answering any questions we had. If you are looking for more of a nice and quiet local restaurant to come to, definitely recommend this place.

Address // 3-14-3, Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3760-1851
Website // n/a

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