After lunch at flowing KARASUMA with Akiyo in mid-October last year, I found myself alone and decided that it was a good opportunity to finally check out IYEMON SALON KYOTO on 三条烏丸Sanjo Karasuma which was established in June 2008. I would often pass by then thinking that it must be quite expensive which made me a bit hesitant to go in.
the patio area not in use when I arrived
the view of the front from my table…to the right is counter seating where one can use the Internet.
bench seating with stairs to the second floor behind
a quick glimpse of one of the areas in the back while going to the restroom
The seats here look out into the inner garden.
The café had a more homey feel to it than I had given the place credit, being that the concept is to offer the luxury of Japanese tea in the more casual atmosphere of a café, to introduce a new lifestyle that includes tea. There’s even a modern tea counter where they prepare tea in the old-fashioned way. A fusion of many genres of cuisine are also served throughout the day as well as sweets and drinks, alchoholic included, using Japanese tea.
I ordered ガトーショコラgatoo shokora (gâteau au chocolat), ￥480, to go with my 抹茶きなこ豆乳ラテmaccha kinako tonyuu rate (green tea kinako soy latte), ￥650.
The gâteau au chocolat was more like chocolate cake, a bit on the light and soft and not as rich…still good nonetheless. The latte was on the sweet side but very tasty. I checked out the shop upstairs that sold Kyoto-style goods; before heading down to leave, I took this shot: Next time I’d like to go back and try some food and more drinks.
Update: A month and two months after I first went, I went back to IYEMON when to my dismay none of the cafes that I tried around the 烏丸御池Karasuma Oike area were open. I had gotten to Kyoto Station before 3:30pm and had walked to the Kawaramachi Sanjo area checking out the stationery shops for refills for my planner. When I finished, it was before 5:00 and I was exhausted…did I mention that I haven’t eaten all day after sleeping in? So when I stumbled into IYEMON close to tears, I didn’t care that the only seats available were at the counter for the usage of the Internet.
There was nothing non-sweet suitable for about an hour before meeting Lars for dinner at huku cafe, so I got the 抹茶のクレームフロマージュmaccha no kurehmu furomahju (green tea crème fromage), ￥550, and ホットキャラメルソイミルクhot caramel soy milk, ￥500.
With graham cracker crumbled over it, the fromage was delicious. The caramel soy milk had a tasty light flavor. The food paired with the dim lighting and warmth of the café allowed me just the relaxation I needed.