月ヶ瀬Tsukigase is a Kyoto Japanese sweets café that has been around for 86 years. Last month in mid-October I went to the one on 堺町Sakaimachi.
I sat at the counter table in the middle.
the seats to my left near the entrance
the register and restroom area
the booth seat in front of me
the booth seat behind me
the view of the front area of the café
My guide books recommend the あんみつ(白玉入り)anmitsu (shiratama-iri) (anmitsu with rice-flour dumplings), ￥850, so that’s what I got; the fruit that tops it is seasonal (mine was topped with persimmon this time). Although free Japanese tea was offered, I still ordered a ホットコーヒーhot coffee, ￥500.
The coffee was fine but mediocre; next time I won’t order it unless it’s my only coffee option of the day. The anmitsu more than made up for it, though, with the various textures and flavors, good eaten alone or all together. No wonder Tsukigase has been around for so long.☺
Update: Two months short of two years since the last time I went, I went to the Sakaimachi Tsukigase with Maki when we were out for my birthday…we had gone to 大極殿六角店 栖園Rokkaku Taigokuden Seien in hopes of having some Japanese sweets but were met with at least an hour-long line. We had to wait at Tsukigase as well but it wasn’t so long, especially when you’re chatting with a friend.
We got the booth seat near the front; we were given Japanese tea. After some time, we finally decided on the 氷金時(みぞれ)kohri kintoki (mizore) (honey & red-bean ice), ￥750, because we had been in the mood for some shaved ice all afternoon.
The shaved ice was subtly sweet and very refreshing; the red beans gave the shaved ice more substance making the shaved ice quite a filling dessert. We stayed for quite a while after finishing although there were still quite a line of people waiting but the staff never once made us feel guilty about staying and was very hospitable througout our stay. I have an even better impression of the place now.☺