Pita the Great

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No prizes for guessing what the speciality is at this long-running Tameike-Sanno takeaway, which opened back in 1993. Pita the Great prepares its bread instore, and you'll notice customers surreptitiously brushing flour from their clothes while they wait for their orders to arrive. The shop's signature falafel sandwich (aka the ‘Big Pita') is a real gut-burster, filled with roughly-shaped patties that are fried to order, plus sauerkraut, salad, tahini and spicy sauce. It's a substantial (not to mention rather stodgy) meal, but you can pay an extra ¥80 to get it with an additional topping of fried potatoes or onion. Just be warned that the resulting concoction is liable to induce a food coma after you're finished eating it. Pita the Great's breads and sauces are also available for takeaway, and you'll find them on the shelves at import supermarket National Azabu in Hiroo.

Note that the opening hours are very flexible, with the shop often closing early. Call ahead if you want to make sure they're open.


Venue name: Pita the Great
Address: 2-11-7 Akasaka, Minato-ku

Opening hours: 12noon-6pm / closed Sat, Sun & hols
Transport: Tameike-Sanno Station (Ginza, Namboku lines)

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Saying flexible is being kind. The owner juat open and close according to his own path and, beside the fact it is his shop and so that can be even acceptable, you would expect he leave at least a sign hanged to the door "I'll be back soon", "we are closed", etc. No, it happened to me to be there in regular opening hours and to find the shop closed without any indication which would allow you to understand and decide if it worth wait or go away. This is irrespectiveful to the customers.