さらさ西陣Sarasa Nishijin is about a 15-minute walk from the 地下鉄烏丸線鞍馬口駅Subway Karasuma Line’s Kuramaguchi Station…to me it seemed much further since I came from 烏丸通Karasuma Street and eventually had to cross 堀川通Horikawa Street last weekend. It’s part of the さらさSarasa chain which started out as a renovated machiya cafe and now consists of six establishments, including a bakery.
When I finally reached it, I was quite impressed with its exterior which hasn’t been touched since it was built as a public bath (which went by the name “藤の森温泉Fuji no Mori Onsen (Fuji no Mori Hot Springs) 80 years ago. Renovations started in 1998 and in 2000 it opened as a c afé.
The first floor is the café space (there’s even a bar) while the second floor can be rented for many purposes; live performances are also held here.
The mirror is on the wall of the restroom right in the middle of the café, like a port-a-potty.
After walking more than I had anticipated, I deserved a cool drink.
柚子ライムソーダyuzu lime soda, ￥550
The food served here is made from locally-grown organic vegetables; seasonal fruits are used in many of their desserts. I hadn’t had much to eat all day, so I ordered food to be my early dinner.
猫チャーハンneko chaahan (“cat” fried rice), ￥680
Great Japanese-style fried rice, just the right amount of tastiness and lots of it, too! I’d eat it again!
Even though I was quite full after the meal, I wanted some coffee and dessert which cost ￥900 total as a set:
hot café au lait and チョコチップとクリームチーズのケーキchoko chippu to kuriimu chiizu no keeki (choco-chip & cream cheese cake) (I love how it looks like a man doing a victory pose!)
Without a doubt this is the best cake that I’ve had at a café! The texture is a lot like chocolate cake back in the States which I’ve missed so much and added into that chocolate chips and cream cheese: pure heaven♥. I loved it so much that I got another piece to go!