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šAntwerp Central/
Marunouchi: Belgian
rest/beer bar
₯5288-7370
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There are a lot of
good Belgian beer
bars in Tokyo, but
Antwerp Central is
far and away the
biggest - a sprawl-
ing cafe/ bar/ res-
taurant with several
dining spaces and a
big outdoor terrace.
The size, the lively
atmosphere and the
old-fashioned decor
really give the
place the feel of a
European cafe. The
staff are friendly
and welcoming, and
you can stay and
linger over your
drinks late into the
night, a surprising
feature in this
office neighborhood.


While the other
Belgian spots in
town successfully
serve a niche market
of adventurous beer
afficiandos, Antwerp
seems to be aimed
squarely at the
mainstream Japanese
consumer out for an
after-work drink.
The beer list covers
two dozen selections
- enough to provide
a cross-section of
different styles,
but not so many as
to overwhelm to the
Belgian novice. The
limited selection
also helps to ensure
freshness.

Four or five choices
are on tap, the rest
are in bottles. The
list includes the
occasional seasonal
beer, as well as a
few Tokyo exclu-
sives. As is custo-
mary with Belgian
beers each brand
comes with its own
special glass, and
the waiters are
well-skilled in
pouring techniques.
They're also happy
to offer recommenda-
tions.

One big surprise
here, besides the
4am closing hour, is
the high quality of
the food. There's a
daily specials board
(always a welcome
sign), and from it
we enjoyed an excel-
lent grilled venison
- tender, very fla-
vorful meat served
with a fig sauce and
a wine sauce. On the
side was a beautiful
assortment of
roasted and grilled
vegetables - well-
cooked, pleasantly
soft potatoes and
garlic cloves, and
grilled cauliflower
and Brussels sprouts
with just a hint of
charcoal flavor. The
equally delectable
grilled lamb we
ordered on a differ-
ent occasion came
with the same vege-
tables on the side,
and we weren't at
all disappointed to
see them again.

One traditional
down-home dish is
called "stoemp au
larde" - mashed
potatoes mixed with
snippets of various
root vegetables and
served with a hefty
hunk of braised
pork. Of course the
menu also includes
Belgian standards
like mussels (pre-
pared in several
different styles)
and frites. The
frites here come
with a choice of
novelty dips like
the "samurai" (wasa-
bi and mayonnaise),
which is a fun
touch, although in
the end we prefer
the more orthodox
plain mayo, which is
also available.

Starters include
simple but well-
executed dishes like
soft-shell crab and
a very tasty
avocado-crab salad.
Preparation tends to
be straightforward
rather than elab-
orate, and portions
are large. The main
dinner menu stops at
around 9:30pm, with
a fairly big bar
menu served till
3am. Y3000-5000 per
person should cover
ample food and
beers.

We've heard that a
few more branches of
Antwerp Central are
in the works, with
other corners of the
Yamanote line al-
ready staked out.
Perhaps Belgian beer
is on the brink of
reaching a main-
stream Tokyo audi-
ence. If the food,
drinks and atmos-
phere of the new
branches are as good
as they are here, we
think that it's got
an excellent chance.
We'll certainly look
forward to finding
our favorite Belgian
brews in a few more
spots around town.
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Chiyoda-ku, Maru-
nouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo
Bldg Tokia B1F. 
Open 5pm-3am (LO),
to 11pm Sat, Sun.
Open every day.
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