Marusan Foods: Shimo-Kitazawa
Marusan Foods
03-3485-3838
Shimo-Kitazawa / Cafe
Kitazawa 2-8-5, AN Bldg 3F.
Open noon-3am daily.
late: Open late
Sun: Open Sundays

An extensive vinegar menu is one of Marusan's quirky features: they list several pages of oddly compelling vinegar-based cocktails and soft drinks, and even the food menu has a vinegar soup section (punnily listed as "su-pu"). The atmosphere is laid back, with comfortable sofas and jazz on the stereo. All the food we tried was top-notch; our champuru stir-fry filled with lots of fresh vegetables and our tender grilled chicken set off by an excellent spinach sauce.