Nepal by Way of Tokyo

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Whenever my boyfriend takes work trips to Europe, he likes to zero in on food from other countries—Surinamese restaurants in Denmark, Korean fare in Istanbul. I can relate: there is something alluring about dining beyond the national cuisine, especially when you're in a foreign setting. Some of the best Indian food I've ever had was in Greece. So, when I heard about Sajilo, a Nepalese cafe in Tokyo, I had to bookmark it for a future visit.

Here, the combination is what intrigues me: exotic fare paired with the creative use of antiques in a small space—seven square meters to be exact. Neel, the owner of Sajilo, visited Nepal in the fall of 2007 and decided to bring the country's cooking and homey design with him. Visit Sajilo Cafe in the Kichijōji neighborhood of Musashino, Tokyo.

Sign and Planter at Sajilo Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Sign and Planter at Sajilo Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Above L: Antique stamps serve as one of the cafe's signs in the entry. Above R: Tiny succulents thrive in a galvanized steel hanging planter.

Cookie Jars at Sajilo Nepalese Restaurant in Japan | Remodelista

Cookie Jars at Sajilo Nepalese Restaurant in Japan | Remodelista

Above: Does anyone know where to source outsize glass canisters like these?

Sajilo Nepalese Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Sajilo Nepalese Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Above L and R: Set off by dark grout, orderly square tiles contrast with a rustic wooden counter and mismatching chairs and lights. 

Details and Painted Rocks at Sajilo Nepalese Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Details and Painted Rocks at Sajilo Nepalese Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Above L: An antique filing system at the front of the restaurant. Above R: Owner Neel created a system to keep track of orders with numbered polished rocks.

Sajilo Nepalese Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Sajilo Nepalese Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Above: An open cupboard above each table holds napkins and cups. Photograph via Fatale.

Wire Baskets and Vintage Fan at Sajilo Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Wire Baskets and Vintage Fan at Sajilo Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Above L and R: A vintage fan pairs well with wirework baskets.

Faucets at Sajilo Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Faucets at Sajilo Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Above L: In the bathroom, a homemade sink with a ceramic basin. Above R: A kitchen spigot.

Sajilo Cafe in Japan Restaurant and Lighting | Remodelista

Sajilo Cafe in Japan Restaurant and Lighting | Remodelista

Above L: A vintage desk lamp and overhead lights led a homey touch. R: A copper funnel light and rustic tableware.

Bicycle at Sajilo Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Bicycle at Sajilo Cafe in Japan | Remodelista

Above L: Indoor parking at Sajilo. Above R: Industrial chairs for waiting customers.

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