Saturday, January 27, 2007

8. Cafe Review: North Side Cafe

The North Side Cafe is less than 5 minutes walk from the North exit of Shimokitazawa Station, close to Starbucks.

2-26-21 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku
Tel: 03-5738-3636

Open: 11am to Midnight

You can't miss this cafe. Most of the front wall is made of glass doors that can be opened completely when the weather is nice. The front 3 tables end up outside. Every time I walk by, it is full of people. The atmosphere is chic, and there is usually pulsating dance music playing in the background.

The menu is extensive; Asian, Italian, Mexican,... The lunch specials are all under 1000 yen, and they include a large drink. An example of the lunch specials are displayed right outside, so you can see exactly what you are going to get.

My lunch was very tasty, but it was a strange combination. Carbonara spaghetti (creamy with large bacon chunks), a sausage on a stick, rice, a slice of cucumber, and a slice of avocado tucked inside half a tortilla and topped with salsa. I guess I can't blame them, I had seen the display outside before I ordered.

This might not be the best place for a deep conversation, the music and crowd will be a hindrance. But it is a fun, reasonably priced place to have a tasty lunch.