I’m just in Europe for a few weeks getting some material, meeting some people and taking a break from Tokyo.
It’s hot right now. A wall of drenching humidity slams into you as soon as you step outside the cool confines of anywhere with air-con. So… why would Saori, my Sunday best pal, and I think it’d be a good idea to walk down to Naka-Meguro and visit Sidewalk Stand. Good question, but the answer is fairly simple. Sidewalk Stand has fucking great coffee and fucking great sandwiches.
Occupying a tiny triangle shaped space in Nakameguro, Sidewalk Stand serves AllPress Coffee and hand made toasted sandwiches. I kinda had forgotten what a decent toastie tasted like so the D.T.C (¥850) with Dry Tomato, Chicken Breast, Fresh Basil and Mozzarella Cheese had me salivating from the second I read the menu. They are small in size for the price but hey, these aren’t Japanese ingredients man.
Clientele is trendy 25-35 year old locals. Fit out is timber counter tops and black and white minimalism on the customer space and cluttered black and aluminium in the kitchen.
There’s no seating apart from outside, which in this heat will get you heatstroke in about 2 seconds so stand under the air-con inside, get a iced latte and a D.T.C and engage in friendly banter with the staff. Like Saori and I did much to the detest of the other customers wanting to get in on that air-con.
Sidewalk Stand is located at:
Saito Building 1F,
1-23-14 Aobadai, Meguro-ku
I might not be the only person who think’s that Nigo’s foray into dining with Curry Up in Jingumae may be a stretch from his street wear label days but hey, at least you can’t counterfeit a meal like you can a Baby Milo Hoodie. Maybe Nigo finally had enough and thought there’s money to be had in Curry. Whatever it is, it’s a fashion icons new venture and I’ve had weaker premises to visit a restaurant.
Curry Up is a strangely understated offering from the Japanese fashion icon and given his new(ish) label Human Made isn’t that too far away, it’s even stranger when any passerby would chalk this up as just another Indian Curry shop that just got lucky with a newish building and shopfront that was for rent. It doesn’t scream, shout or even demand you come in. It’s serving curry. Come and get it.
Clientele is a slather of bucket hat wearing Japanese, Bape fanboys and quiet diners. Shop fit out is greys and monochrome with just enough wood panelling.
I took the Combination Curry (¥1000) with Butter Chicken and Spicy Beef Curry. It had a bit of a kick to help it on its way down but it was more mild than I was expecting. I’d recommend kicking it up a notch by ordering one of the higher chilli rated Curries.
© 2015 Carey Ciuro