Where is Monzen Nakacho?
Monzen Nakacho, which is commonly called ‘Mon Naka,’ is filled with a quaint atmosphere and locates at Kaito-ku (Kaito-ward) in Tokyo. Tokyo Metro Tozai Line and Toei Subway Oedo Line stops at this Monzen Nakacho station. Tomioka, the neighboring town, has the famous Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine and Monzen Nakacho developed as a town originally built around this shrine. As many shops are lined up at a shopping arcade near the station, lots of people visit ‘Mon Naka’ to enjoy shopping in a traditional atmosphere.
One rainy night, I was looking for dinner after finishing my business at Mon Naka. It was 19:30 in the night. Having come all this way I wanted to eat at a Mon Naka’s local restaurant, instead of a chain restaurant.
Even I was very hungry, kept walking about 30 minutes to look for a local restaurant. This time, I chose not to search on the internet in advance so I can run into nice restaurants. It was, however, quite hard to find a nice restaurant… As the shopping arcade has many chain stores, I purposely walked around a bit far away from this arcade. Some stores were already closed at 19:00 and residential areas had no restaurants. Just when I was about to give up and return to the shopping arcade as being too hungry, finally found a nice restaurant!
①Ice-cold beer and highball
③16 months aged prosciutto from Italy
④Cream risotto of porcini mushroom from Italy
⑤Cream pasta of urchins from Hokkaido
How did you think about this exclusive Italian restaurant? Isn’t it very fun to find a local restaurant based in the town? Monzen Nakacho is a very nice place to get into the Japanese local atmosphere. Why don’t you visit to soak into Japanese local life and enjoy the great Italian dishes here…?