Lilla Dalarna

Small Swedish countryside house in the middle of Tokyo

By Sherilyn Siy   Oct 24, 2018 - 1 min read

A meal at Lilla Dalarna feels like a visit to a small Swedish countryside home. It is easy to forget that you are still in the middle of Tokyo surrounded by soft lights, the warmth of wood furniture and colorful traditional Dalecarlian horses, and the aroma of home cooked dishes. It is exactly Husmanskost or home cooked dishes that Lilla Dalarna specializes in, but when done well, a home cooked meal can taste like a five-star feast. All guests are served hearty homemade bread with butter. Lunch orders come with the salad bar and a complimentary cup of coffee or tea at the end of the meal. Because space is limited, the place can fill up quickly and reservations (which cost a bit more) are recommended for guaranteed seating. First opened in 1979, Lilla Dalarna is one of the oldest restaurants in the Roppongi area. It has moved from its original location but has not changed its charming interiors.

Getting there

Lilla Dalarna is a short walk from Roppingi Station (Roppongi Crossing exit).

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Sherilyn Siy

Sherilyn Siy @sherilyn.siy

For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.