Technically and by self-definition Tameals calls itself a cafe and a bar, and it’s located right in the middle of Tokyo’s JR Shinagawa station. I happened to be with friends and we were looking for a quick dinner before saying good-night; Tameals was the only place that looked appealing to most (some?) people in the group and which could accommodate our group of 7 people (albeit at separate tables). We missed out on the “cafe” part but were happy to partake of the dinner & pub selections.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of the interior, mostly because it was really crowded and some people don’t like having their photo taken by strangers, but it was a nice place. The main seating area had a very “Irish pub” kind of feel. There was a main counter at the bar, several smaller tables for 2-4 people on the floor, and a long counter that ran all around the pub. The counters faced the windows, which were huge–good for people watching. The counters, tables, chairs, and stools were all done in dark wood which lent a relaxing atmosphere to the room.
Here is a photo of the main bar from the Tameals homepage (see link below):
My sons ordered a plate of sausages and a plate of fried potatoes to share between them. They also got real Coca-Cola in the old-fashioned bottles:
The sausages were served with a nice European-style mustard.
The fries were garnished with sea salt, rosemary, and a clove of deep fried garlic.
I opted for the Moroccan rice for 890 Yen. It was a rice dish topped with a Moroccan sauce (a little spicy, a bit like curry but with a different flavor), fried vegetables, a kebab (lamb?), and a dollop of yogurt.
Yum. I love ethnic food, and this was really good.
The best part of my meal? The mojito! It was made with lots of fresh mint and just the right amount of rum and soda water. Very refreshing after a hot afternoon of walking around in Tokyo.
This was so good, I might try to make them at home.
Tameals is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.
+ What I liked about this place: Decor was relaxing, good food, good drinks.
– What I didn’t like about this place: A bit crowded, but it’s in the middle of one of the busiest stations in Tokyo, so that obviously can’t be helped.
Date visited: July 6, 2013
TAMEALS Shinagawa shop, Tokyo, Minato-ku, Takanawa 3-26-27 Ecute Shinagawa South
Hours: 7:00am to 11:00pm (until 10:00pm on Sundays and holidays)
Map of location *inside* Shinagawa station: