Summer is in full swing, and there seems to be one noticeable absence in Tokyo: outdoor dining. Those who have had the pleasure of eating and drinking al fresco, be it in a beer garden in Germany, a quant hidden trattoria in Italy, or on some exotic beachfront café, know that the experience is incomparable.

aloha-02Luckily, Aloha BBQ Garden has you covered. Situated on the rooftop of the trendy PARCO building, Aloha offers a wide menu of delicious food in a relaxing beer garden-style environment. Unlike other beer gardens in Tokyo, Aloha is located in the vibrant Ikebukuro area, a Tokyo fashion establishment, with popular department stores such as Seibu and Tobu. In fact, it’s said that Ikebukuro is a strong rival to Shibuya, being popular especially among young women and culture-minded people. And Aloha is certainly right at home in this area, with its bright, lively atmosphere that’s more than your typical salaryman beer garden. In fact, customers have reported that dining at Aloha gives them the feeling of lounging by a beach. And given that Aloha caters to large groups of people—it provides personal seating options to each party—this might just be the place you’ve been looking for this summer!

At its heart, Aloha is all about the food. Their dynamic menu provides customers with a true tropical experience, with dishes including the Hawaiian BBQ course (¥3,000 per person), which contains teriyaki chicken, chili garlic pork, smoky BBQ beef, and more. All meaty delectables are best complemented with Aloha’s special house dipping sauce, adding extra juicy deliciousness to every bite!

The menu further includes tried-and-true classics such as the cob salad, lomi-lomi, salmon, and spicy chicken wings—all at a reasonable price. Aloha also dishes up a “Free Food Bar” menu, which features their famous bottomless french fries—where customers can eat as many servings as they dare within a time frame—in a variety of different flavors, including consommé, cheese pepper, BBQ, and butter and soy sauce.

aloha-04Oh, and did we mention that Aloha provides customers with refillable edamame and Hawaiian shaved ice? This alone will surely bring a smile to your face.

No meal is complete without a tall, refreshing drink to wash it down. And Aloha certainly has plenty to offer on the beverage front. Make summer complete with a cool, refreshing beer, served in an icy frosted mug. Or go all out with an all-you-can-drink special for just ¥1,500, which includes draft beer, sparkling wine, white and red wines, whisky highballs, shochu cocktails (lemon-flavored), and more. Basically, you can drink until your heart’s content—or until it isn’t.

In the spirit of Hawaii, Aloha is also serving tropical cocktails, such as frozen margaritas, mango heavens, island coolers, Moscow mules, and the classic gin and tonic. It is summer, after all!

So head into Aloha BBQ Garden for an evening in a fashionable rooftop BBQ garden with your friends, family, or coworkers. As an added bonus, mention Metropolis to receive a 10-percent discount (limited to orders of the course). And keep an eye on Aloha’s website for all the latest updates and events, including hula and Tahitian dance shows. And, of course, “E ʻai kāua” (“bon appétit)!

Ikebukuro PARCO Rooftop. 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku. Open Mon-Fri, 4pm-11pm; Sat-Sun & hols, 3pm-11pm. Food LO, 10pm; drink LO, 10:30pm. Nearest station: Ikebukuro. Tel: 03-5957-0035.

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