Tameike: Deli salads
Pariya (Tameike: Deli salads)
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO; Sun -9pm) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

Each week, the creative chefs at Pariya whip up an ever-changing selection of gourmet salads and original vegetable-friendly savory dishes for your dining pleasure. The cafe's so-called deli-style format means you can assemble a meal from five different items of your choice, although narrowing down the options from the 18 or so dishes available can be difficult.

The food here really is quite imaginative - choices on a recent visit included a caprese-style salad of mozzarella with figs and persimmons; open mini-sandwiches of avocado, anchovy and dried tomato with thin slivers of chocolate; and sauteed porcini and wild mushrooms with farfalle pasta. There are also plenty of meaty dishes to complement the salads - homemade meatballs; coriander butter chicken curry; swordfish with Moroccan-style Chermoula sauce.

Rather than trying to harmonize everything on the plate, we've found it easier to treat a meal here as a five-course mini-tasting menu. There's a nice variety of fresh-baked breads and gorgeous fruit tarts to supplement your deli platter, and freshly brewed coffee, wines and fruit juices to drink.

A lunch or dinner plate is priced from Y1800, with a Y100 surcharge for some items, and at lunchtime the price includes unlimited coffee and tea. You can also help yourself to as much bread as you like at lunch or dinner. Take-out boxes with three or four deli items are available all day long.

Note that the restaurant may be hard to find, even with a map. When you're facing the Belgian beer bar Antwerp Court at the front of the Akasaka Intercity Air building, walk to your left, traversing the exterior of the building in a clockwise direction until you find the cafe.

Minato-ku, Akasaka 1-8-1, Akasaka Intercity Air 1F.
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