At the Parco/Miu Miu crossing halfway up Koen Dori in Shibuya is Kurage, a recommended health-conscious lunch spot. The décor of the café, which is affiliated with the Tokyo Wonder Site art space, is modern with a retro ’60s edge. Tables for two in front of the windows, which open onto the street on warm days, are quite narrow, so best grab one of the bench seats at the back, or a round table in the middle. Upbeat lounge music fills the air, and there are turntables at one end of the room for special events. The café is produced by the company behind the Yusoshi Japanese-style cafés and Cha-Cha upscale izakaya, among other eateries, and the menu has a similarly distinct Japanese flavor. At lunch, the best option is the deli course, which comes with rich pork miso soup, five-grain rice and your choice of three small side dishes from a selection of 15, including chicken and gobo salad, hambaagu, white fish and sweet pork and egg. There are also two donburi lunches—sweet pork, or tuna and avocado. All the lunches are ¥800 and come with tea or coffee. The à la carte menu has a variety of rice, noodles and other dishes, including sweet potato curry (¥800) and creamy white sauce and cod roe croquettes (¥800), and desserts such as green tea milk pudding (¥500). Unsurprisingly for the location, style and cuisine, the customers—at least at lunchtime—are 90-percent women, but for quality and value for money, Japanese food lovers of all genders should be sure to add Kurage to their Shibuya to-do list.
1-19-8 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3463-3323. Open 10am-11:30pm (L.O. 11pm). Nearest stn: Shibuya.