縁むすびカフェ ここはなEn-musubi Café Cocohana is a 100-year-old machiya renovated into a café near JR東福寺駅Tofukuji Station. “En-musubi” means “marriage tie.”
In mid-October last year, Yuri and I went to a Korean festival at an international academy near the 東福寺Tofukuji Temple area; it was a perfect opportunity to check out Cocohana before heading back.
We were first seated in the tatami area where we sat on the floor at a low table.
the innermost dining area in the café which looks out on a garden
plenty of toys to keep children occupied
the area toward the front…the café makes such an impact on one when first coming in with its rich red walls.
the bell to ring when ordering or calling the staff
It took us some time to get through the menu but Yuri finally ordered オーガニックコーヒーooganikku koohii (organic coffee), ￥450, and おからのしっとりパウンドokara no shittori paundo (moist soybean-curd pound cake), ￥250.
while I got あわあわカフェ・オ・レawa-awa kafe ore (foamy café au lait), ￥550, and ハートフル玄米チョコブラウニーhaatofuru genmai choko buraunii (“heartful” brown-rice, chocolate brownie), ￥350. I was interested in how two foods that I like, brown rice and brownie, go together.
Our drinks came first; by the time that the waitress brought our drinks, a table (with chairs) near the front had opened up and I requested to move there.
the view of the entrance and register from our new seats
My café au lait was good, especially the foamy part which makes the drinking experience more luxurious. I could taste a subtle brown-rice flavor through the chocolate flavor which was not as sweet as one would expect from a chocolate cake…yes, it was a cake and not my definition of a good American brownie but still tasty nonetheless, and top of that, it’s a healthier dessert than most…I’d have it again. Yuri let me have a bit of her pound cake; it was moist despite the crumbliness that I think is connected to the word “okara” and the perfect sweetness…I’d like to eat one whole serving sometime.☺
Update: I’ve been noticing in certain recent publications on Kyoto that Cocohana is now referred to as オーガニックカフェ ここはなOrganic Café Cocohana. Guess it was hard living up to its name of getting people married.