Farmshop: Farm-Fresh Dining in Futako Tamagawa
Farmshop Restaurant and Market is renowned for their farm-to-table concept of delivering locally produced food to local consumers. They bring the best seasonal and casual Californian dishes to the table in their open-plan dining room. You could wile away your time waiting for your table, in their pantry of fresh and bottled organic products.
The benched café section is in front of their well-stocked bar with chilled wines and beer-on-tap. You have the option of taking a seat if it is really busy while you have a look at their menu to speed up your order. It is also possible to have a quick drop-in espresso here as you wind your way through the modern streets of Futako Tamagawa doing your shopping and sampling of Japanese souvenirs in Takashimaya, a nearby department store.
The customers at Farmshop vary from smart casual couples to trendy families, and on the occasion I visited, a group of ladies in kimono. The restaurant staff were friendly and attentive and helped us immediately as we entered the automatic doors. The atmosphere is jolly and home to a wide array of customers. English speakers and Japanese speakers lend a cosmopolitan feel to the dining area, while their on-tap craft-beer decorated many a table in different hues.
This family friendly restaurant in Tokyo is located in the Takashimaya Maronie Court in Futako Tamagawa, where it rubs shoulders with another upmarket restaurant chain from overseas, Bills. Muji, the Japanese design and living store, Gap Kids and the quirky Flying Tiger shop are a great way to spend an afternoon, while you walk off your lunch with Farmshop’s potent espresso to fuel you. The espresso packs a punch!
Farmshop Futako-Tamagawa with three dining areas all have a view of the kitchen which lends a homely feel to the eatery. So along with their relaxing music, natural wooden seating and great French Press coffee we spent a leisurely Sunday decorating sticker books and taking in the warm environment of the bakery-café-bar-restaurant hybrid.
I can highly recommend the margherita pizza which was light on cheese (just how I like it) and the Caesar salad. Little hands and bigger hands darted back and forth for the baked Parmesan crisps — in fact, a side of those would have been amazing. Luckily the eager hands slowed when the kids got to the chicory, escarole and radicchio. The Caesar dressing is phenomenal and can be picked up in-store as you leave. Their Californian wine selection, oils and other condiments and accessories may tempt you silly before you even get to the bakery section.
2-27-5 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C Maronie Court 1F
Opening Hours: 8:30 - 23:00 hours, daily
Access: 5-min walk from Futako-Tamagawa Station