よーじやYojiya is a famous line of cosmetics originating in Kyoto known for oil-blotting papers. In the last decade or so, it opened up several café in the Kyoto area (there are even two in Tokyo). I’ve been to the ones on 三条Sanjo Street and in 嵐山Arashiyama but I especially went often to the Sanjo one, which has a clean and modern look compared to the others in Kyoto, when I first discovered it in 2006.
桜ソーダsakura sooda (cherry blossom soda) (Apr 2006)
ベリーベリーソーダberii berii sooda (berry-berry soda) and アイスストロベリーカプチノーaisu sutoroberii capuchinoo (iced strawberry cappuccino) (Apr 2006)
the entrance (Apr 2006)
桜パーフェsakura paafe (cherry blossom sundae) (Mar 2007)
As one may be able to tell, I like sakura and berry flavors; actually, that hasn’t changed at all over the years.☺
After walking all the way from the 北山Kitayama area with Halka (earlier, we had been at cafe Noinah), it was time for dinner and we were hungry. Halka was in the mood for Italian, namely pizza, so I suggested Yojiya cafe on Sanjo because they have a special oven for baking pizzas.
We decided to go with a spaghetti and pizza each and split everything.
エビとブロッコリーのトマトクリームソースebi to burokkori no tomato kuriimu soosu (shrimp & broccoli spaghetti in a cream sauce), ￥1000
I love tomato cream sauce, so I knew that I’d love it which I did.
4種のチーズピザ yon-shu no chiizu piza (four-cheese pizza), ￥1200
The pizza was delicious, which means the pizza had a great soft and chewy crust as well☺. Honey was provided to put on top of the pizza…Halk didn’t like it with honey. I thought that the pizza was good with honey but if I want to really savor the cheese, it’s best without.
We ordered drinks after the meal; I got the ホットよーじや特製カプチーノhotto Yoojiya tokusei capuchinoo (hot special Yojiya cappuccino), ￥600.
Halka ordered hot rosehip mint tea, ￥500, which came in a pot with two servings.
I’d been away too long; now that I remember how delicious that the food and drinks are, I’ll be going back when I can.
Update: Wow, almost two years until I went back next! My decision to drop in was last-minute on my way to Tully’s Coffee.
Since I had just had lunch at Café Bastille, I only got a drink (I had to get to work anyway).
カシスベリーティーcassis berry tea, ￥570
I was told to mix the cassis sherbet with the tea (filled with berries) before drinking. After gallivanting around the city futilely (see Café Bastille for details), it was tart yet sweet and just the refreshing drink I needed this especially warm day, not to mention a lovely sight.☺
Update: Over a month later, I suggested the Sanjo Yojiya cafe for dinner to Mason who had never been there…we had gotten carried away catching up at the new and improved Sanjo Bridge Starbucks (Mason’s favorite) while waiting to get hungry, so we ended up arriving less than two hours before they closed…we were lucky enough to get a table cushy seats.
We had both decided beforehand that pizza sounded good when I mentioned the options at Yojiya…Mason got マルゲリータピザMargherita pizza, ￥980 (sorry, no picture but one can imagine like what it may have looked), while I got 自家製鶏そぼろと万願寺とうがらしの和風ピザjikasei tori-soboro to Manganji tohgarashi no wa-fuu piza (homemade minced chicken & Manganji pepper Japanese-style pizza), ￥1250.
The waitress tried to talk us into getting the half-size version of each because it was difficult for womenfolk to finish; only a couple of ￥100 difference, I figured getting the full size was the better deal, Besides, we hadn’t had anything to eat since mid-afternoon and we were planning to walk it to Kyoto Station to catch our train home…all this I told the waitress and she let me have my way.☺
The chewy crust was as heavenly as I remembered it to be. The topping for my pizza was savory and delicious but halfway through the teriyaki-like sauce (I’m not a fan of teriyaki) and mayonnaise got quite heavy for me. We gave each other a slice of our own pizza to try…the Margherita was simple and easy to eat, not to mention tasty. The size of the pizza was a big feat for one person to finish alone like the waitress had said but we did it. And we DID walk about 45 minutes to the station as we’d claimed.