Kissa Soirée is on 木屋町通Kiyamachi Street close to 四条通Shijo Street. I showed Rika the excerpt on the café in TRAVEL♥STYLE京都Kyoto 2012 and she agreed immediately to going after lunch at Gallery Cafe & Bar CoLLabo this past weekend…the café having been around for over 60 years, she said that her mother went here when she was a child. After getting lost only a bit, we found it.
Upon entering we were transported to a dark and strangely beautiful blue world of the past; to add to the mystique of the café, it was pretty quiet inside. We were soon directed to the second floor. I had read that the window seats are the best because they afford a view of Takase River which flows along Kiyamachi Street but they were occupied, so we sat at a table in the middle. Before checking out the menu, we couldn’t help being distracted by our surroundings…the high rafters gave us the sense of having plenty of room although there was actually very little space for movement.
The establisher of the café liked art, especially by Seiji Togo, which are scattered throughout the café.
The pretty yet cool waitress (she didn’t crack a smile once to the customers) fit in perfectly with the environment.
the seating behind me
Although Rika and I pretty much knew what we wanted, we still looked over the old-fashioned menu.
The ゼリーポンチzerii ponchi (jelly punch), ￥650, is recommended in any book about Soirée.
I wanted some coffee, so I got an アイスカフェオーレaisu kafe oore (iced café au lait), ￥500. The balance of coffee and milk was just my style.
Since we stayed for a while, Rika ended up ordering a バナナジュースbanana juusu (banana juice), ￥650…her drink came in the café’s original glass. According to Rika, it was smooth and delicious.
The jelly punch was refreshing in taste as well as to the eye. Actually all the jelly desserts are as pretty and probably as refreshing; I need to go back to try some more!☺