see English menu
- 2 Chome-4-2 Asagaya-Kita, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 3 minutes from JR Asagaya Station, North Exit
- 03-3337-7202 (Japanese only)
- 11:00am – 8:00pm, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays (also closes irregularly on occasion)
- Staff speak Japanese and some English; an English menu is also available.
Time-Tested Original Curry, Cake, and Drip Coffee
[updated June 2020]
Kuroneko Sabo is a friendly, comfortable café amidst the Star Road drinking area of Asagaya, 10 minutes from Shinjuku off the Chuo line. They used to be “Tokyo’s smallest curry restaurant” for over a decade in Kichijoji further down the Chuo Line, but they have moved to a larger and more comfortable space on Star Road that can fit up to 12 customers where they sometimes even hold events, such as live jazz music during the Asagaya Jazz Streets event and more.
The staff are actually musicians themselves; The friendly owner is Pirako-san, who operates the shop with her bandmate Kageo-san, both from the Japanese psychedelic rock band, Suishou no Fune. They have been working this business as long as they have been in a band together. Since their Kichijoji days their curry has been very popular and it is easy to see why; it has a unique taste and original recipe that does not include flour and instead uses homemade yogurt and other original home grown Japanese ingredients. The vegetable curry is suitable for vegetarians, often made from home-grown vegetables in season. (It is sometimes also suitable for vegans but please check first to make sure there is no dairy etc.) The coffee is also dripped by hand to perfection through the flannel filter method, and Pirako’s daily homemade chocolate cake and cheese cake is exquisite! Please see their PDF English Menu, or check their website menu which may be updated more frequently.
If you are looking for a place with a comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff and a delicious menu for a Tokyo break, stop by the “black cat coffee shop”: Kuroneko Sabo in Asagaya!