With the name, かもがわカフェKamogawa Café, I expected the café to look out on 鴨川Kamo River which is why I kind of got lost getting there. A former storage space for furniture, it ended up being in the middle of a neighborhood off 河原町通Kawaramachi Street.
After entering through a wooden door with a glass pane, a flight of steps lead up to the café on the second floor where one first comes upon bookcases filled with books of the owner’s own choice or gifts from customers along the wall; besides the area in which I sat, there’s another room in the back as well as a loft area.
the counter seating
the seating next to the counter
In my opinion, the best seats in the house are by the window looking out on the street; unfortunately none were open when I got there, so I took up the two-seater closest to the stairs.
the room in the back
The first time I went in early May, I got there just in time for dinner, so I ordered a dish that I’d seen in one of my café books:
夜のプレートyoru no pureeto (night plate) A: アイスバイン風豚バラ肉の煮込み, Aizubain-fuu buta bara-niku no nikomi (Eisbein-style stewed pork rib plate), ￥1150
The pork was very flavorful and made the rice go quickly; I was happy because there was a bit of mashed potatoes with it.
Because I was too full to have dessert or even a coffee (and it was getting late), I put off having some for another day. At the end of the month, I was able to make it over again, this time for dessert and coffee (no getting lost again this time☺).
レモン風味のベイクドチーズケーキremon fuumi no beikudo chiizukeeki (lemon-flavored baked cheesecake), ￥450, andミルクコーヒーmilk coffee (basically a café au lait), ￥550, which came in a wonderfully big cup.
Kamogawa is known for the quality of its coffee; all the roasting and grinding is done manually according to the owner’s standards. It may take some time before one’s order gets to him but it’s worth the wait with its presentation and flavor. Meanwhile one can relax in a refreshing atmosphere that only a spacious and naturally lit space can offer. It is said that the owner even chooses the music played by the weather in order for the customers to make the most of their time at the café. I really enjoyed reading a magazine while having some delicious coffee; it’s my definition of 贅沢zeitaku (luxury). ☺