When Ly and I made plans to meet in early April of this year, I had to find a good middle ground for us to meet since she would be maneuvering with two small children who find it tiring to walk for long periods of time. There were two cafés around the Hankyu Saiin Station that I’ve been wanting to try and Ly agreed to accompany me there.
Luckily, we found the French one, Café Restaurant Niban, okay. The European-style exterior appealed to me.
However, the interior was totally machiya. No surprise since it was built over 100 years ago.
a kids space with books, toys, etc. to keep the little ones occupied
The owner who is of French descent uses seasonal ingredients to create original dishes. Desserts including cakes and cookies are homemade.
I ordered the 本日のランチセットhonjitsu no ranchi setto (today’s lunch set), ￥1650, which came with salad…
soup…モッヅァレラトマトクリームmoddzarera tomato kuriimu (mozzerella tomato cream) spaghetti…
and a drink…I ordered coffee (the origami is courtesy of Mika made in the children’s corner).We all decided to share the one gâteau chocolat, ￥650, that they had, mostly because they didn’t pay heed to our cancellation when we realized that there wasn’t two.
I enjoyed my spaghetti: the combination of mozzerella and tomato cream is one of my favorites and I wasn’t disappointed! The gâteau chocolat was rich and had a texture befitting its kind (smooth and velvety). Ly enjoyed her food as well (she also got today’s lunch set with a different spaghetti). The kids, I think that they liked the food okay; they were more interested in playing in the kids space.☺ I wonder what the dinner menu is like…guess I’ll have to find out sometime.