It may be far from the bright lights of central Tokyo, but Norabo is drawing customers from well beyond the immediate catchment area. Like us, they converge to enjoy the mellow atmosphere and the distinctive cooking of owner-chef Makio Akemine.
Norabo: Perfectly simple seasonal cuisine
Name (J) たべごと屋のらぼう
Dinner price range
¥5,000 or more
Wholesome cuisine with a wonderful lightness of touch
It's not that easy to track down.
Drinks Beer from ¥420; sake from ¥450; shochu ¥450/shot; sours from ¥788; wine from ¥945/glass, from ¥3,675/bottle
Number of seats 22 (plus an outside table for 3)
BGM Jazzy instrumentals
Smoking Smoking permitted
4-3-5 Nishiogi-Kita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
5 p.m.-midnight (last order 11 p.m.) Closed Mon.
Transport Leave Nishi-Ogikubo Station by the North Exit, and turn left. Continue down this street for about 5 minutes until you reach a 7-11 convenience store on your left. Take the next small side street on the right (by a flower shop) and you will see Norabo on the right after about 15 meters.