Koenjagaya has some neighbours of note and it would be remiss to exclude them based solely on geography. Therefore, I should on occasion remark on noteworthy places adjacent to Koenjagaya (ie: Nakano, Ogikubo, Nerima and others within Suginami).
Qjitsuya (pronounced “Kyu-jit-su-ya”) is one such neighbouring establishment. Still within Suginami-ku, it is further south, well-hidden deep within a residential area of Takaido-Higashi.
Across from an elementary school it is on the second floor of a well-groomed house. Qjitsuya has a bright and elegant atmosphere, with two adjoining airy rooms for dining and a third smaller room for an art gallery.
The menu is concise but delectable. Topping the list is their towari soba (十割蕎麦), soba noodles made from 100% buckwheat flour. It’s only 800 yen and you can get a second helping of noodles for 600 yen. There are two kinds of soba: black (with skin) and white (skin removed), so you can try both for 1,400.
The other entree on the menu is a perfectly cooked galette (ガレット) for 1,000 yen. They usually have two options: tandoori chicken and smoked salmon.
Living up to their name (休日 means “day off”), they are only open Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. They’re also closed for the entire month of August.
Suginami-ku, Tokyo 〒168-0072
Open: Saturday, Sunday, Holidays, Dec 31
Closed: All of August, Jan 1
Hours: 11:00 to 20:00