An 80-year-old machiya renovated into a café, 京の癒しcafe 月の花Tsuki no Hana is on 綾小路Ayanokoji Street between 堺町通Sakaimachi Street and 柳馬場通Yanaginobanba Street. When I read about it in one of my guide books a month ago and realized that it isn’t too far from where I work, I decided to go.
“Moon” in the name always grabs my attention.
I chose a cutely-shaped table for two near the staircase.
the view from my seat of the front
the dining area behind me
The theme of the café is 癒しiyashi (soothing) for the heart and body, so the menu is based on that concept.
I ordered the 肉団子のクリームソースグラタンランチniku-dango no kuriimu-soosu guratan ranchi (meatball gratin in a cream sauce), ￥800, which came with soup, salad, two sides and bread. Everything was delicious, full of flavor, and I also felt healthy after eating it.
I got a small version of the めっ茶抹茶Meccha-Maccha (“Very Green Tea”) and アイスオーガニック珈琲aisu ooganikku koohii (iced organic coffee) for ￥300 more. 福寿園抹茶Fukujuen matcha is used in the cake; the top layer is mousse while the thin bottom layer is cake.
I must be starting to like green tea sweets or the places that I go serve good green tea sweets; this café was no different. With it being pretty close to work, I’d like to go back and try other things on the menu again sometime.
Update: The café goes by the name “満月の花Mangetsu no Hana” now.