Due to the spread of COVID-19, it has become difficult to go out and dine together with friends these days. So here is a suggestion: Order takeout and enjoy the taste of popular restaurants at home! Then, post a photo of your meal on social media to show support to the restaurants that are doing their best in this difficult time! As a hint for you, we have selected three restaurants in Jimbocho, Tokyo’s book town area, that offer delicious takeaway and delivery.
The most international cafe in the whole area: Sakura Cafe Jimbocho
Opened in 1990, Sakura Hotel Jimbocho is a very reasonable hotel popular with visitors from abroad. In 2020, the hotel won second place at Tripadvisor’s “Travelers’ Choice: Best of the Best” category.
Sakura Cafe Jimbocho on the 1st floor of the hotel is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and usually – if it wasn’t for the situation now – it’s the perfect place to relax or chat with the friendly staff. The cafe is open to anyone, not just hotel guests.
The cafe menu includes international dishes with vegetarian and Halal choices. Right now, the cafe is offering a reasonable takeout menu with dishes for 500 Yen!
Sakura Cafe Jimbocho also has a Uber Eats delivery menu.
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Sakura Cafe Jimbocho
Piping hot curry bread at a picture book store: Book House Cafe
Book House Cafe, a bookstore specializing in picture books and children’s books, is a wonderful space where both children and adults can relax. The good thing about picture books is that you don’t have to be able to read Japanese. But if you want to practice your Japanese reading skills, why don’t you start with a cute illustrated picture book?
The curry bread (karepan) sold in the store’s cafe space is excellent. Of course, you can order the curry bread for takeout as well. By the way, the curry bread comes in two different levels of spiciness: medium spicy (chukara) and hot (ookara). The latter is quite hot, so be careful!
Book House Cafe
Kitazawa Building 1F, 2-5 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/FyLkopMwru73oRUH7
* Business hours: 11:00 – 18:00 (For the time being, the bookstore will close earlier.)
Unique Italian: Cuore d’oro
Cuore d’oro is a restaurant offering authentic Italian cuisine as well as creative choices like curry-flavored pasta. We tried this pasta for our article about the Kanda Curry Grand Prix ourselves.
Of course, in addition to rather unique dishes, you can also enjoy authentic Italian cuisine prepared from scratch by the cook. So whatever menu you choose, we guarantee you it will be delicious!
Currently, the restaurant focuses on takeouts.
1-14-16 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/2qzFuA6DQdrKs9L98
* Lunchtime: 11:30 – 14:00
* For the time being, a limited menu will be available for lunch and a reservation will be required for dinner to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Share photos on your social media accounts!
To support your favorite restaurants in Chiyoda City, just take some delicious photos of your meal (inside the restaurants, as a takeaway, or as food delivery) and post them on your social media accounts.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ごちそうちよだ (#gochisouchiyoda in English). The hashtag is a mixture of the word gochisou (meaning “delicious food” or “treat”) and “Chiyoda”. It sounds a bit like the Japanese phrase you say after finishing your meal: gochisoudama deshita (engl.: That was a treat!). Since Chiyoda City is a sort of food heaven, sharing the pictures is a great way to tell all your friends what they have been missing out on.
When you use the Japanese hashtag, your post might get shared on the official website!
Just imagine how happy the restaurant owner and staff will be when they see your picture! So let’s show them some support!
Please refer to the following link (Japanese) for more information about the hashtag event and even more support projects in Chiyoda City: https://gochisou-chiyoda.net