Thursday, November 19, 2015
Rating: Very good
Price: 950 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes:Dry curry set
English Menu: No
This place has a lot of character. Hirabayashi is a funny looking little cafe/restaurant that may only be open for lunch, and seemingly to me, rarely open. I have tried to eat here for lunch for the past 4 weeks but keep missing the right day. Today (a Thursday) I made it!
There is a rotating red and white pole, like a barber shop, outside, but it's not a barber shop. Inside it's all wood...wood floors, wood tables and chairs, and wood bar (but it's not a bar). There are lots of little old ladies inside drinking tea or coffee. And occasionally (it seems) some smoke, as I saw some ash trays to the side. But it didn't stink while I was there. They also have "art" of various kinds that some patrons were admiring. I dunno...not my thing. There was soft jazz playing in the background and the decor was very retro. A nice (unintentional) touch is the occasional passing of the train overhead, which rattles everything. Overall a very nice vibe.
The menu is quite simple, tending towards the "standard" western cafe foods (as interpreted by Japan): curry, omurice, etc... I saw some "dry curry" so I went with that and was pleasantly surprised by the egg and meat mixture with curry spices on rice that I got. The soup was clear and very simple but full of flavor. Even the little salad was nicely put together. I wish I was on coffee because it looks like they might make a mean cup, but I'm off right now so I had some tea.
Overall it's a cute spot that I wouldn't mind meeting someone at for a chat. And I'm looking forward to trying some other things on the menu.