Cafe and Bar N3331
Manseibashi Station closed in 1943. Built on the old train station platform is the café called “Cafe and Bar N3331.” Chances are more than a few passengers on Chuo Line trains saw and became curious about this café.
This long and narrow café has glass walls on both sides, so the customers can enjoy food and drinks while looking at Chuo Line trains pass by. Only a few yards away from the trains, the café promises the excitement of being so close to the trains to the point of possibly making eye contact with passengers. The terrace seats offer even greater thrill as trains seem to run right towards you.
Their alluring menu includes curry for lunch and sake in the evening. You can expect to spend time there according to your purposes. There are three kinds of curry for lunch. I recommend you try “Pro-minority Curry,” which is created under the supervision of an artist Souhei Iwata. Iwata worked on art projects in India, working alongside the Santhal tribe whose recipe is used to make this curry.
In the evening, many rare brands of sake are served, some of which are so rare that you can’t find them in any other places in Tokyo. Here are some of the sake brands: both internationally and domestically acclaimed, long-standing brand from Akita called “Aramasa,” Watanabe Brewery’s “W” from Gifu which is known as the forerunner of the new generation sake and the brand by Ohmine Brewery in Yamaguchi called “Ohmine” that became famous overseas. The sake list reflects the bar manager’s passion and playful taste, which come from his studying sake in a sake shop for a long time.
There are, of course, seasonal food items on the menu as well, which will bring out the flavor of sake even more. They are planning to display young artists’ projects and hold events inside the café, so you might get a chance to enjoy trains, sake and art all at the same time.
Close to Akihabara, Kanda and Ochanomizu where one can feel the lively atmosphere typical of Tokyo, the café is a best spot to casually stop by. You can just gaze upon trains as you take a rest from shopping, or you can relax and sip on some sake. Please pay a visit and find your own way of spending time there.
Oct 2016 Text: Ryoko Kuraishi Photo: Yasuo Yamaguchi