Lobros Café (Formerly Nigiro)
Make plans now to visit this wonderful European café’-style restaurant in nearby Kichijoji. Menus feature fresh salads, homemade soups and bread, enormous sandwiches and pastas. The cuisine is modern, as is the setting. Inokashira Park is within walking distance as are many specialty shops along the neighboring streets. The portions are very large, even by Western standards and are all nicely presented. Lunch sets, which include salad, entrée and coffee or tea, cost ¥1000. Dinner has a larger menu and is a bit more expensive.
DIRECTIONS:Exit Kichijoji Station via the Park Exit and walk straight (you will cross a small crosswalk) heading towards the Marui (OIOI). After crossing the second crosswalk, turn right (in front of Marui). After passing The Suit Company on your left, make an immediate left on the narrow road, in front of the Shop 99. Lobros is about 80 yards down, on your right-hand side, across from a flower shop. Open daily 11:30am-2pm and 6:30-11p.m. 1-9-6 Minamicho, Kichijoji, Tokyo. Tel. 0422-40-9533. GPS: 35.7017,139.5783. Aggie Pabst and Kate Boyer. Directions updated 2011.
Using the directions above for Kichijoji Station shopping , you can find many delicious eateries, including Denny’s (after the dead-end), Moti Indian Restaurant (past Istean, opposite a game arcade), and Subway Sandwiches (out the Park Exit).
Moti Indian Restaurant offers delicious curry lunch sets for ¥900 with choices from mutton, chicken, vegetable or prawn. A special combination set costs ¥1000. All sets come with nan (bread) or rice and lassi, a yoghurt drink. Other excellent selections include Tandoori Chicken (grilled chicken with butter and spices for ¥1750), Punjabi Tikka (boneless chicken on skewers, ¥l650), Baigan Bharta (roasted eggplant cooked with green peas, tomatoes, onions, ¥1250), Dal Makhani (lentils cooked in milk and butter-¥1200), and Prawn Chili (¥1400). Tea, coffee, juice, soda, beer, whiskey and wine are offered for ¥300-800. Desserts include Ras Jalai (cottage cheese with pistachios for ¥600), Mango Melba (¥500), and vanilla or strawberry ice cream (¥450). Take-out service is available.
DIRECTIONS: Take the train to Tokyo and leave Kichijoji Station through the Central Exit. Walk across the street to Sun Road, a shopping arcade. Walk straight, then take first left and walk straight until you see Isetan, a large department store. Walk towards the Citibank sign, on the right, directly past Isetan. Moti is located just beyond this sign, and across from the Fantasia game arcade. Other Moti restaurants are located in Akasaka and Roppongi. Hours: 11:30am – 11:00pm (last order at 10:00 pm). Telephone? Karen Ozment date?