Coedo Restaurant : The Bottom Line
Kawagoe is a long way to go for a beer – especially on a bicycle – but if you’re in the area then I wholeheartedly recommend the place for a few beers and some tasty food too. The whole place is non-smoking, has no table charge, and also has some free Wifi. If you ask nicely, they even have some English menus for people to peruse over as well. Perhaps the only downside to Coedo Restaurant is that the portion sizes for food are on the small side – perhaps I was just very hungry though.
Coedo Restaurant : The Full Write Up
So the weather was nice, I had a spare day off, and wanted to go for out on a bicycle ride to a brewery for some beer. For some reason, which even now I have no idea as to why I choose here, I thought let’s ride to Kawagoe and grab some Coedo at the source. I haven’t been up this way for literally years, so I plotted a ride and planned to be in the area for around 10am, then grab the train home. Except the wind was not having any of it and it took me an extra 90 mins or so to get here. I was tired, hungry, and thirsty but I knew that I had earnt what was coming my way – cold beer and hot food.
Coedo Restaurant is located south of Kawagoe station, which is on the Tobu Tojo and JR lines, though it does connect through to the Toyoko Line. As such, it’s possible to get here on one train – something that will come in use in the future. Coedo Restaurant opened in July 2020 and also acts as a brewpub to the Coedo company. It is also the first in the form of brewery restaurants that Coedo is looking at though plans for the future are unknown at the time of writing.
Coedo Restaurant : Atmosphere & Interior
Coedo Restaurant is located in a small shopping complex that is dedicated mostly to smaller bars and restaurants. Inside, there is space for about 50 people inside, all seated, with no standing room, so if it’s full up, then no you can’t get any beers and stand at a counter. A shame really but I am guessing that is something to do with alcohol licensing laws in Japan. Coedo Restaurant is completely non-smoking, has no table charge, and also has free wifi.
The most noticeable item about Coedo Restaurant are the windows into the brewery, where you can see both old and new brewing equipment, as well as the brewers and assistants going about their routine of making and packaging beer. There was also some background music present but it was barely noticeable above the hubbub of conversations that were around us.
Coedo Restaurant : Approach to Covid-19
In spite of being in Saitama, the rules at Coedo Restaurant were more relaxed than other bars with a temperature check and alcohol spray policy in use. The staff were all wearing masks and there were some plastic partitions between groups of people, along with a two-hour time limit for drinking and eating.
Coedo Restaurant : Beer & Tap Information
All the beers at Coedo Restaurant were, unsurprisingly, all from Coedo with no guest beers available. There are 7 taps on, with 6 main Coedo beers available, plus an in-house beer too. There are also special beers on throughout the year, taking the number of taps up to 8.
Coedo Restaurant also serves beers that are made on-site and can not be found elsewhere, such as the two in the picture above. The beers come in three sizes: small (200 ml) from 550 yen, medium (350 ml) from 600 yen, and large (500ml ml) from 880 yen, though make sure you ask them to top up the beers as they do go heavy on the head. The prices include tax though there isn’t a happy hour or a beer flight – a shame really. There aren’t any takeaway beers but there is a small place next door. More about that in another article.
Coedo Restaurant : Food Information
The food at Coedo Restaurant is based around Chinese food with lots of small dishes, along with some larger options for meals. I chose some of the smaller options on the menu – spring rolls, gyoza, and some shoronpo for some nibbles. However, the portions were rather on the small size for someone my size – guessing I was super hungry. However, the food was very very good and tasty and I would happily have ordered some more. There wasn’t much on the menu for vegetarians or vegans.
Coedo Restaurant : Bar Details
- Open : Weekdays 11:30 – 15:30 (L.O Food 14:30 Drinks 15:00) 17:00 – 23:00 (L.O Food 22:00 Drinks 22:30) Weekends and Holidays 11:30 – 23:00 (L.O Food 22:00 Drinks 22:30)
- Closed : N/A
- Happy Hour : N/A
- Phone : 049-265-7857
- Homepage (in Japanese) : https://www.coedobrewery.com/jp/special/restaurant/
- Social Media : Facebook