Saturday, January 27, 2007

7. Restaurant Review: Village Vanguard Diner

Daita 6-3-1, Riverview Shimokitazawa B1F
Tel: 03-3481-5620

Open from 11:30am to midnight
Eat in or take out.

The Village Vanguard Diner is very close to the west exit of Shimokitazawa Station, right next to 7-11. They specialize in hamburgers, and they have a large collection of beer from around the world.

Inside, there are a number of booths/tables and a bar counter with 5 stools. The atmosphere is pretty cool. Tin covered walls, with lots of nostalgic American decorations.

Lunch and dinner menus are the same, except at lunch you can add a salad and drink for a little extra. The drink was American sized, in a large glass with ice. The salad was just some lettuce, but the dressing was ranch. I had the BLTE sandwich. It was tasty, but don't order it. The egg yolk comes runny, and your sandwich becomes very, very difficult to eat. The bacon wasn't bacon, it was a thick slice of spam.

The guy next to me was eating a burger, it looked delicious. Considering how quickly he ate it, it must have been good! All sandwiches and burgers come with thin fries.

There were some lunch specials: Jambalaya, taco-rice, and a soup and salad plate. The menu was almost all burgers and sandwiches, but there were a few salads, nachos, and a couple of other items.