Whoever said that “life is about the journey, not the destination” obviously never made the trek to Shamaim. This humble hummus palace in the boondocks of Nerima is a half-hour from Roppongi on the Oedo line, or ten minutes from Ikebukuro on the Seibu line—but the trip can be excruciating if you know the feast that awaits. We arrived late on a Sunday evening, literally salivating in anticipation. Shamaim, an Israeli eatery, is famous for its all-you-can-eat deal—and we mean deal—which includes garbanzo bean soup, five kinds of salad, hummus, tahini, falafel, pita bread, lentil pilaf, lamb kebabs, breaded chicken cutlet and thinly sliced fried potatoes, all for the very un-Tokyo price of ¥2,100. For 13 years, the restaurant has managed to keep this price the same, but with the cost of ingredients at a record high, the staff told us they’re now considering a modest increase as early as December. So whether you’ve yet to enjoy this outlying treasure or you’re a regular, head over there soon to get your falafel fill for cheap; reservations are possible for parties of 1-50. Shamaim also offers a lineup of Israeli wine: a chilled glass of the kosher Yarden Mount Hermon red or white is only ¥700, reining in the cost of a night out.
2F Art Bldg, 4-11 Sakaecho, Nerima-ku. Tel: 03-3948-5333. Open Tue-Fri 5pm-midnight (LO 11pm), Sat-Sun noon-midnight (LO 11pm), closed Mon. Nearest stn: Ekoda (Seibu Ikebukuro line) or Shin-Egota (Toei Oedo line).