Worth the trip out to Ikegami all on its own, the wonderfully retro Rengetsu is set in a gorgeous Japanese-style home built in 1933. Occupied for decades by a soba shop downstairs and a traditional inn upstairs, the structure looks essentially just like it did back in the early days of Showa: although the straw mats on the ground floor have been replaced by wooden panelling, the décor – including the tatami seating on the second storey – remains intact. The distinctive smell also functions as evidence of the building's age, and is sure to bring back memories among those older customers who lived through Japan's early postwar years. As for the edibles, we love Rengetsu's moreish chocolate cake, while those looking for something more substantial will do well to order the Ontama Soboro-don, a hearty serving of flavourful ground chicken and a soft-boiled egg over rice.
|Venue name:||Rengetsu Café||Contact:|
2-20-11 Ikegami, Ota-ku
|Opening hours:||10am-10pm daily|
|Transport:||Ikegami Station (Tokyu Ikegami line)|