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Nakano 5-52-15, Nakano Broadway 2F, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Taiwanese restaurant. Food is all vegetarian. Address in Japanese: 東京都中野区中野5-52-15. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Categories: Taiwanese

8 Reviews

First Review by clark

Cute little restaurant with a lovely host - Edit

We arrived in Nakano, hungry and looking for something filling. Korinbo didn’t disappoint. We found it on the 2nd floor of Nakano Broadway, tucked in the back by the toy stores.

As the other reviews point out, the lady who owns the place doesn’t really speak English. She spoke enough to tell us which dishes had egg and which didn’t. We picked the top left dish on the set meal menu (based on the picture as there was no English). While we waited for our food to be prepared, we were served green tea.

When the food arrived, we were given a tray containing rice, pickles, a salad of pickled veg and beansprouts, a carrot and pumpkin soup, miso and some amazing bbq flavoured soy meat that I can still taste now. This was easily the best meal I’ve eaten all fortnight and it was a perfect lunch for the last day in Japan. I’d definitely recommend a trip here.

Pros: very friendly, comforting atmosphere

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Great food, great owner - Edit

We checked the opening hours wrong and came in on sunday. The owner was in, preparing some things for monday. The doors were slightly opened, so we asked, when was she opening. She doesnt speak almost any english, but we understood it was closed. We must have looked very hungry, because after she saw us checking the phone for another restaurant, she came out with menu and pointed on some noodles, she could make for us. The noodles were delicious and she was very friendly, sitting beside us and trying to make conversation even though she knew little english and we little japan language. The menu isnt really in english, but it has pictures of what you are getting, so that is even better. Very reasonably priced and very good food.

Pros: Great Taiwanese food, Charming enviroment, Nice owner

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Nice little cafe - Edit

Surprisingly easy to find in Nakano Broadway - we happened across it rather than having to search for it. We tried some sides rather than a set meal and they were so tasty and very reasonably priced. Wish we'd ordered more!

Pros: Lots of options, quick service, reasonable price,

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Nice little spot in Nakano Broadway - Edit

So by now I have already had dinner here twice. I guess for me if I go to Nakano Broadway it's a must go restaurant.
The place is very small with just a bar sitting space area, but really cozy. The owner, who's the one preparing the food, is so lovely and helpful, and will kindly show you the options in the menu that do not contain egg, therefore vegan, which are the majority of them. The first day I went the daily menu was vegan, so I ordered that. Some plates are tastier than others but overall the food is very good and super well priced for quality, quantity and the "food made at home" feel to it. After eating here I felt very good so I appreaciate that too. I just really love this place!
Definitely give it a try if you're around Nakano.

Pros: Owner is very kind. Cozy. Good food, well priced.

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Important:take break from 4/28 to 5/7 in 2016 - Edit


Pros: good taiwanese-style foods, kindly service, location

Cons: tiny space

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hospitality and yum lunch! - Edit

After spending some time longer than we thought toy shopping, my husband and I were in some serious need of food quick. Located on level 2 just at the end of the mall we found Korinbo. The lady who owns it is SO lovely, it was like being looked after by a mum! She was so sweet to us with recommendations for vegan (me) and vege options. The food was prepared entirely by her and we were given green tea while waiting. The food was filling, I got something fried, some streamed Veges, some pickled Veges, rice and a broth. The owner gives you tips on which condiments to use on what etc while you are eating. I was really full. My lunch cost around 970 yen, which I think was the average here.

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Too oily, not accomodating - Edit

I used to live very close by- I loved how there was a vegan restaurant in Nakano Broadway, but I am a health-focused vegan, and I avoid added oils, especially vegetable oil.When I asked if she (the owner/cook) could make the dish with little to no oil, she glared at me, made her "least oily dish", which was still too greasy to eat. I ended up just paying and not eating, so she asked me not to come back.(I didn't even complain to her!! Or at all. I just didn't eat it.)

Pros: Location

Cons: greasy, bad service, tiny/no space

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good taiwanese-style home cooking - Edit

Korinbo is the place to go to if you're in the mood for some homestyle cooking. The owner is a friendly Taiwanese lady (incidentally her brother is world-renowned artist TF Chen) and coming to eat here is like being served a meal at her home. The menu is fairly limited consisting of maybe 5-6 items but it is all very good and all vegetarian. I'm not sure if the owner speaks English but the menu items are all accompanied with pictures. I recommend trying their teishoku or higaeri set meals. Adding to the homely feel is the space, which is tiny. It seats maybe 6 at most, seated around a counter, so it's not a place to go to if you're in a large group. I've been coming to Korinbo for over five years and it's always on my list of places to go whenever I'm in Tokyo. It's located in Nakano Broadway mall which is a mecca for anime/tokusatsu geeks if you're into that sort of thing.

It's a little hard to find, but here are rough directions: Get off at Nakano station and take the north exit. Follow the path 50m to the brightly lit walkway of covered shops and continue walking for another 200-300m. Eventually you'll see a sign overhead for Nakano Broadway and an escalator. Don't take the escalator as it goes to the 3rd floor. Instead veer right and take the stairs to the 2nd floor. Head to the NW corner of the mall. If you have trouble finding it, look for 香林坊 on the mall map.

Pros: friendly staff, good value

Cons: tiny

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Paulineteo 03 Aug 2012 - Many thanks Clark. Your directions makes the place very easy to find and Nakano station is less complicated than many stations. Nakano station is only few stops away from Shinjuku station where I stayed nearby. The Taiwanese lady opened the shop 28 years ago and the shop is still standing. Totally happy with the set meal, and amazed at the quality of the homemade vegetarian cutlet the Taiwanese lady made. This restaurant is also suitable for vegetarians who do not eat onions and garlic.  

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