*found in Former Kyoto Cafes
喫茶feカフェっさKissa-fe Café-ssa is a café located close to the 吉川町商店街Yoshikawacho Shopping Street in 東山Higashiyama. The rustic feel of the café is a perfect compliment to the little shopping street where one can get a hint of local Kyoto life. It is the original location for 喫茶六花Kissa ROKKA of which the owner of Kissa-fe Café-ssa, 奥野薫平Kunpei Okuno, was a regular (note to oneself: be on friendly terms with café owners and maybe one day if one is interested in starting his own, he might inherit the perfect space☺).
The owner himself being the son of the owner of one of the well-known coffee shops in Kyoto, 六曜社珈琲店Rokuyousha Coffee Shop, and having worked for 前田珈琲Maeda Coffee, he’s no stranger to good coffee. His concept for the café is a place that also offers light meals and dessert as well as good coffee where one can hang out for as long as he like, whether alone or with friends. Since he felt the establishment was neither just a kissa or a café, he blended the two words together to get the current name.
The interior is the same from its days as Kissa ROKKA…one can easily see Kissa ROKKA‘s penchant for velvet seats (top right picture). The only place available when I went in late October last year was a table in the back, next to the counter (middle right picture), so that’s where I sat.
The waitress (who might have been his wife) had to come back to me twice, it was so hard deciding what I wanted to have! Finally I settled on the 鳥もも肉を使った和風カルボナーラtori momo-niku wo tsukatta wa-fuu karubonaara (Japanese-style carbonara with chicken leg meat), ￥650 (bottom right picture), which grabbed my attention because the sauce was made with miso.
A meal at a café is never complete without dessert and a drink, according to me☺…the シナモンシュガーチーズケーキshinamon-shugaa chiizukeeki (cinnamon-sugar cheesecake, ￥380, sounded the most appealing; it came with an adorable little duck cookie (bottom left picture). I ordered a ホットカフェラテhotto kafe rate (hot caffè latte), +￥200 with dessert (center picture), part of the ドリンクセットdorinku setto (drink set). When it arrived, I was so pleased (like when I got my cappuccino order at 小川珈琲京都三条店Kyoto Sanjo Ogawa Coffee): one of the few animals that I’ve always liked is the swan.☺
The carbonara was delicious and not heavy at all, probably due to the Japanese base. The cheesecake which was the baked kind had just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar and just the thing to cure my sweet tooth after the carbonara. My caffè latte was great, of course, especially because it was such eye candy.
Although the place is allows smoking, it might be worth standing the smoke with the relaxed atmosphere that the café provides. I can’t wait to go back and try more food and drinks on the menu!☺
Update: I was in the area with Yuri over a year after I had been there last, so I decided to show her Kissa-fe Café-ssa; however, when we got there, I was shocked to see that it was now another café called ペチカpechica (which also looks promising, they’ve pretty much kept the interior the same)! I went home and looked up about the closing of Kissa-fe: turns out the place closed in June 2013 because the owner couldn’t run his café and work at Rokuyousha at the same time. Although it’s always quite devastating to find that a café that I like so much no longer exists, I’m glad that the owner is continuing to supply those in Kyoto with great coffee.