- So why is this cafe so popular with international customers?
- A cleverly designed menu.
- Fresh vegetables with a moreish flavor.
- Eat, drink, and pray.
- A free Wi-Fi/AC power outlet and a variety of souvenirs to choose from.
So why is this cafe so popular with international customers?
Once inside, the first thing you notice is the high ceiling and open space of the cafe’s interior and the fashionable white decor.
There will be a few Japanese customers, but most, around 70%, will be foreign visitors.
In truth, it’s still rare to find a restaurant in Japan where people of Muslim faith, vegetarians, and vegans can eat food suitable for them, so it’s no surprise that many westerners come here.
In a popular tourist spot like Asakusa, it’s great to have a place that caters to different food cultures from around the world.
A cleverly designed menu.
Make your choice then order at the register.
Here, check it out!
Food containing allergens, or anything that may not be eaten for religious reasons, such as meat, shellfish, eggs, and soba (containing wheat), are clearly highlighted on the menu using icons and pictograms, making it easy for anyone to understand.
There are many delicious looking options that catch the eye. A Salad Plate or Pizza, filled with organic vegetables, Salt Yakisoba, Steak (pork-free), Curry, and more. Also, having no additives or artificial chemicals, for a woman like me approaching her thirties who cares about such things, is a real attraction!
Fresh vegetables with a moreish flavor.
On our visit, we decided to go for the Halal Lamb Steak (1000yen). It’s delicious and easy to eat, without the strong meaty aroma associated with lamb.
Salt Yakisoba with soy meat (1,000yen), was my first chance to try soy meat. This is a meat substitute made from soy beans, and feels a bit like eating ham. The noodles were perfectly cooked, soft but springy and lightly seasoned.
The vegetable filled Roast Beef Bowl (1,300yen) came with tender and succulent meat, and is a great way to fill up on your greens.
There was so much to choose from, next time I’m thinking of trying either the Japanese classic, the very popular Teriyaki-don, or the healthy and filling Fresh Salad Pizza.
Eat, drink, and pray.
A prayer space is also provided within the cafe, so Muslim customers can relax and enjoy their meals, without concern should they be called to prayer. With hardly any such spaces in Tokyo, this is really something to be thankful for.
A variety of souvenirs to choose from.
A souvenir corner in the cafe sells Halal certified non-pork and non-alcoholic products manufactured from confirmed sources. In the Asakusa area, it is the only place that are available in many souvenir for people of Muslim faith.
Especially, Samurai instant noodle is popular with the customers in various countries, not only Muslim customers.
The cafe also has free Wi-Fi, seating available with electric sockets to plug in your phone or laptop, and English speaking staff always on hand.
It’s best to avoid visiting between 2-4pm, as this is apparently the busiest time with customers seeking a late lunch, and it can get pretty congested.
When I heard the phrase ‘Muslim Meal’ I didn’t quite know what to expect, but everything was perfectly prepared. The care and attention to detail at the shop was faultless. There is a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, so before you know it, you’ll end up staying much longer than you expected!
From all over the world people come to visit Asakusa. It’s great to see more places like SEKAI CAFE that are able to respond to the needs of their customers, wherever they are from.
Oban Building 1-18-8 Asakusa, Taitou-ku,Tokyo.