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499: AGAVE
498: Miss Sixty Café
497: The Pink Cow
496: Cantik
495: Billiard Bar Cosmo
494: Soma
493: Hajime
492: Rm.39
491: Coopers
490: Bar Nemesis
489: Franziskaner Bar & Grill
488: NOS
487: Diego
486: Sekirei
485: Bonny Butterfly
484: So Ra Si O
483: Maduro
482: Space Punch
481: Cento Cose
480: Bamboo
479: Heartland
478: Sign
477: Yoshino
476: Omamori Cafe
475: So Bar
474: Traumaris
473: Naka Naka
472: Tsuki no Akari
471: Bar
470: These
469: Atomic Heart Mother
468: Soft
467: Milano Bar
466: Mother
465: Omocha
464: Insomnia 2
463: Lucusfloor
462: Pulse
461: Mahna Mahna
460: Ten
459: Trees'
457/8: Mayu
456: Lounge Sinner
454: Ja Ja Bar
453: See
452: Republica
451: Shanghai Bar
450: Tsuki no Kura

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Issues 449-
Issues 399-


by Martin Webb


Our spies reliably informed us that the police had to be called to quiet down the opening party at Omocha, Nakameguro’s latest cutting-edge café/bar. Resolved to see what was causing such a commotion, we braved a drizzly evening, and the possibility of further disturbances of the peace, to keep ourselves locked into the grungy Naka-me loop. The middle-of-nowhere location and amphitheatrical steps leading down to the wide and low revolving door oozed Meguro-ku cool, and, gleeful with excitement, we pushed where it said “push” and shuffled inside.

Inside Omocha, every available surface was painted in peachy, salmon-y shades with white designs stenciled over the top, giving the quiet place a sickly prettiness. Far larger than we had expected, the first floor seemed less than crowded at first glance, but we were informed that there were no available seats. The enormous apricot 16-seater table at the back had clearly been reserved, and other tables were occupied by odd couples—mostly mean-looking hip-hoppers and their diminutive, wooly hat-wearing girlfriends all indulging in beer and cake. A wooly hat-wearing waitress led us upstairs to the elliptical bar (also in apricot).

With our backs to the all-glass DJ booth, we pored over the menu, taking in the two-dozen types of tea and vast number of healthy and wholesome dishes on offer. We felt like going with the flow and ordered nama beers (\600), although the modest selection of fruity cocktails had also seemed appealing. As our Omocha peers all seemed to be eating, we couldn’t resist some niku-jaga (\300) from the daily menu and radish and Kyoto-style fried tofu salad (\650). Both were delivered with alarming rapidity to our spot at the counter by another waitress also wearing a wooly hat. As we ate our fill, and the night drew on, one or two more sophisticated couples drifted in, joining us at the second floor bar while the sounds emanating from the DJ booth turned a touch dreamier. Later, we ordered the fried sweet potato open pie with vanilla ice cream (\600). A very sticky little treat, the pie needed washing down, and we hemmed and hawed over the teas before plumping for chestnut milk tea (\500) and Muscat tea (\650), both delightfully odd, steamy brews.

So stuffed we were hardly able to make it down the stairs, our evening ended with a beaming “Good night” from the super-cute staff, and we wandered out into the night, wondering what excuse we could dream up to book that salmon pink 16-seater table.

Open Mon-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat noon-4am, Sun noon-midnight. 3-16-3 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku. Tel: 03-5726-8766. Nearest stn: Nakameguro.

Photo credit: Nobby Kealey