Ipanema is popular for its Spanish cocktails and freshly ground coffee, but it also has a menu filled with tasty meals. This article focuses on the lunchtime dining experience, specifically an 800-yen curry set that includes a sizable serving of coffee.
Bringing Brazil to you
As with many cafés and bars in Tokyo, Ipanema goes all in with its Brazilian theme. As soon as you walk through the door, you’ll hear smooth bossa nova tunes playing lightly in the background. Stop by at night and you may even be able to catch a live performance (you can view the performance schedule, in Japanese, by clicking here).
A quick, light lunch
The lunch experience, however, is a great way to get a feel for the neighborhood of Araki-Cho. A popular spot for local office workers, Ipanema is bustling, even after the noon to 1 p.m. lunch rush hour. With quality, affordable set lunches, it’s easy to see why so many locals include Ipanema in their lunch routines. It should be noted that smoking, even during café hours, is permitted.
Curry can be found almost everywhere in Japan, but Ipanema offers a unique and healthy take on the dish by using zakkokumai (rice that includes beans and grains) instead of white rice. Pickles add a refreshing flavor that compliments the spices found in the curry. A small side salad is also included with the meal.
As good as the curry is, it’s the coffee that steals the show. Ipanema is well equipped to whip up all kinds of fresh coffee creations, and the final product doesn’t disappoint.
A unique experience
If you are looking for a quick escape from the fast-paced urban life of Tokyo, swing by Ipanema and pull up a chair at the bar. Come for a light lunch or an afternoon coffee. Stay for drinks and entertainment well into the night. A trip to Ipanema guarantees a unique dining experience.