In mid-September of this year, I went to 岩村茶Iwamura Tea with Mason while we were in the 銀閣寺Ginkaku-ji Temple and 哲学の道Testugaku no Michi (Philosopher’s Path) area. We ran across it on our way to 進々堂京大北門前Kyodai Kitamon Mae Shinshindo along 今出川通Imadegawa Street for lunch and I instantly recognized it as the teahouse about which Kyoko had given rave reviews the day before on the way to FOODIES CAFE nifty with Halka. I took no time in informing Mason of this and our place for tea time after lunch was set.
Besides counter seating, two out of the three table seating were taken; we took the table, near the entrance.
The café has a nice clean interior with ethnic accents (the shop imports tea primarily from Sri Lanka).
There is a selection of tea, including organic ones, for purchasing along the wall.
Along with an expansive tea selection, the café also offers a few meals as well as a few desserts. After going through the menu and wanting to try everything, we finally decided on our drinks with the 焼きたてスフレセットyaki-tate sufure setto (freshly-baked soufflé set), ￥1100, recommended in Mason’s TRAVEL❤STYLE京都Kyoto 2013 and by Kyoko…Mason got the ホットオレンジアールグレー紅茶hotto orenji Aaru Guree koucha (hot orange Earl Grey tea)
while I got an アイス京らむね紅茶aisu Kyo-ramune koucha (iced Kyoto soda pop tea).
We had to wait a bit for our soufflés but it was worth the wait. Fluffy and rich, we ate as slowly as possible to savor each spoonful but it disappeared in no time.
The owner is really friendly and helpful and speaks excellent English after living in Hawaii for 10 years. He even gave us authentic American chocolate chip cookies that they sell at the café, yum!
Excellent tea and sweets, a stylish and peaceful atmosphere, a wondeful host, I’m definitely looking forward to repeating this experience again!☺