Sengawa is a peculiar little town that feels like it gets on with life independently of the rest of Tokyo. Side streets lead away from the station, revealing tiny courtyards cluttered with coffee shop customers enjoying the shade of 1980s architecture. Aspirational boutiques and food wagons are dotted here and there, and only a nosy sushi seller disturbs the vaguely European illusion.
Wander a little beyond this otherworld and you'll find Kick Back Café, a busy spot with a relaxed nature. Everything about the place, from the organic, partially vegan (and halal) menu to the chatty, unhurried waiting staff, nods towards a less frantic way of life. Whatever the concept, the food is well worth the journey.
It seems odd to be recommending vegan ramen in the land of tonkotsu, but Kick Back Café's tonyu (soy milk) broth provides the pig with a real challenge. The potpourri of soy, sesame, delicately fried tofu and fresh onion works a treat, and is ideal for colder weather. For dessert, you can opt for a vegan chocolate cake or another of the healthy sweets on offer.
With a large stage at one end of the room set up for bands and DJs, there's plenty of scope for an evening party to run into the small hours, but we recommend you take advice from the café's name itself. Pick a sunny Sunday, take the slow train to Sengawa and kick back for an afternoon of good food and lazy bonhomie.
|Venue name:||Kick Back Café||Contact:|
2-11-1 Wakabamachi, Chofu-shi
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 1pm-9.30pm / closed Mon|
|Transport:||Sengawa Station (Keio line)|