Since Yutenji's organic claim to fame (Keats) closed down, we've been searching for somewhere else in the neighbourhood that offers delicious healthy fare in a tranquil rustic atmosphere. We've found it at Margo, just a couple of minutes' walk from Yutenji Station and kitted out in vintage-style wooden tables and chairs.
Run by a lovely, friendly couple, who will explain the Japanese menu to you in English if you need help, this '99% organic' restaurant is small on space but big on flavour. On our visit, we enjoyed one of the best lentil and chickpea curries we've ever had, served with grain-filled rice and a few sneaky chillies, and complemented by a side salad to rival all side salads. We particularly love the way they serve their coffee in a big ceramic handle-less bowl with soy milk if requested and a wooden teaspoon just to round off the organic experience.
They only serve lunch Friday to Sunday – make sure you get there before 2pm for the last order. Dinner is every day except Tuesday, and after the last order at 9.30pm, Margo turns into a wine bar, serving organic wines, sometimes accompanied by a couple of musicians. Leave the kids at home (no, seriously, they prefer no minors – you know, keeping it zen and all that) and enjoy a relaxed, healthy night out.
1-21-16-B Yutenji, Meguro
|Opening hours:||12pm-3pm (lunch) Fri-Sun, 6pm-12am (dinner until 9.30pm, wine bar till midnight). Closed Tue and 3rd Mon of every month|
|Transport:||Yutenji Station (Tokyu Toyoko line)|