most items from ¥800
- 1 Chome-19-20 Nishiogi-minami, Suginamiku, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 7 minute walk from JR Nishi-Ogikubo Station
- 03-3332-0051 (Japanese only)
- 12:00pm - 7:00pm (Last order at 6:30pm), Closed on Mondays
- Staff speak Japanese and a little English
Nishiogi’s Gentle Plant-based Sanctuary
Trim is a vegan sweets cafe with a gentle vibe, an interesting mix of smooth concrete, rustic elements and inventive light fittings. It’s a few minutes’ walk from Nishi-Ogikubo Station along the delightful Shinmei-Dori Street which has many interesting shops and is set back slightly from the road with some nice greenery in front. There are regular exhibitions of artwork on the walls and small craft works, jewelry, ornaments etc. on the shelves. There are also occasional live music events in the evenings after closing time.
Of course the star is their vegan offering. They offer a light lunch platter that consists of typically a savory muffin or quiche with crisp, fresh salad and hearty soup. A drink can be added at a small extra charge. You should still have room to choose one of the delicious cakes. The chocolate cake is a favourite, it’s so firm and rich. There are usually fruit scones, muffins, and cookies on offer, and maybe cheesecake-like tofu cream tarts or parfait depending on the season.
Drinks include coffee, caffeine-free grain ‘coffee’, various teas including herbal varieties, and juices. An English menu is available for the regular items but daily or seasonal specials are displayed in Japanese. The staff who are delightful and helpful do speak a little English, so if you have any questions do not hesitate.
Trim is such a laid-back oasis, can this really be Tokyo? Do you really want to leave or stay a while longer, have another drink, maybe even more cake and look through the magazines and books which are available? And when you do leave you may think “Oh I should have bought some of those lovely cookies that were on sale at the counter!” But not to worry because if you’re heading towards the station you can pop into Trim’s twin shop, Khanam, where all the cookies and an array of cakes can be purchased.
[published November 2018]