Follow the railway tracks behind Nakameguro station past steaming noodle shops and rows of salaryman bicycles – and an unexpected find will pop up: Lounge. A discrete modern sign on a wall of concrete marks the entrance to the latest addition to Nakameguro’s café scene. Inside, the space is a stylish haven of dark wooden floors, white industrial ceilings and black leather seating. Abstract artworks including a paper chandelier and a mini Spiderman sit alongside green plants, while near-transparent glass lights hang from the ceiling casting shadows on the minimalist white walls.
And the contents of the menu are as hip as the décor: among its most popular creations is the ‘sesame’ goma latte. A Japanese take on the classic Italian coffee, the frothy drink is made with a mouth-melting mix of sweet black sesame. Forget sake. For anyone who ventures to Nakame (as Nakameguro is called among locals), the goma latte not to be missed.