Friday, April 6, 2007

38. Restaurant Review: Taraato

Taraato is one of those places that you have to visit at least once, just to see it. From the outside, it looks like just another Southeast Asian restaurant. What is surprising is that it is two stories, and you walk down into Thailand to get to your table.

The place was packed the day we went there. Small groups of college kids everywhere, drinking lots of alcohol and eating lots of food. It turns out all food and drink are 399 yen. Strangely enough, in addition to the Southeast Asian dishes, there were a lot of Mexican choices as well.

We had Vietnamese spring rolls, Pad Thai, and some sort of fried rice. Nothing was very authentic, or tasty. I would not come here again for Asian cuisine, there are too many better choices in Shimokita. I also felt that the kitchen was too cluttered, maybe it wasn't unclean, but it felt that way.

On the other hand, it is a really inexpensive, fun place to drink. There was nothing wrong with my margarita!

During the day, Taraato has an all-you-can-eat buffet with four sections: main, salad, dessert, and drink. I've never seen it, so I can't comment.

Address: Kitazawa 2-11-3. From the South exit of Shimokitazawa Station, take an immediate left down the street (toward Chazawa dori). It is a short walk down on the left.
Phone: 03-3412-0037