Craft beer, Indian grub and the calmly flowing Sumida River: defying Tokyo's lack of proper waterfront cafés and bars, Mile Post Cafe offers a rare trifecta of treats. Although the windowside seats are nice, the terrace is where the real magic happens. Head over after nightfall and admire the lit-up Skytree and nearby Eitaibashi while nibbling on the funky 'pub-style' curries and cheese-filled samosas. The edibles can be washed down with 10 varieties of mainly domestic brews – our visit saw contributions from Fujizakura Heights, Minoh and Shiga Kogen on tap, plus a few quirkier options that included a Johana Tropical Pink from Toyama. Although the location isn't ideal for a weekday lunch, Mile Post sure makes a decent case for itself in other ways: between 11.30am and 5pm, all curries come with unlimited amounts of naan and rice.
|Venue name:||Mile Post Cafe|
1-20-6 Shinkawa, Chuo-ku
|Opening hours:||11.30am-11pm (Sun & hols 11.30am-6pm)|
|Transport:||Kayabacho Station (Hibiya, Tozai lines), exit 4b|
This place is still rocking it beer-wise but sadly the fantastic Indian food is no more. Their chefs left suddenly so they were forced to replace their curries with more standard pub fare. It's still got the views and the beers, but don't make the trip out there if it's the spicy keema you're after.
Also, they've just opened a brewery and taproom in the old bike shop downstairs. I think it's called Eitai Brewing. No idea if the beers are any good or not.