Ever since I found 喫茶 la madrague マドラグ in the July 2012 Leaf, I’ve gone several times to check it out but, my luck, it was always closed! I had given up on going there for a while out of frustration when I ran across 喫茶 GABOR ガボール when Mason and I were out in Kyoto checking out cafés in mid-June of this year; I remembered it being mentioned as the sister café for la madrague when I was checking out la madrague on the Internet. The food served seemed to be quite Western-style, especially American although the style of the entrance seemed to be similar to that of la madrague, retro French.
I decided to have lunch with Rika there over a week ago.
the entrance and stairs down to the café
the view of the café from the back
Chairs and various objects hang from the ceiling…the décor was quite interesting.
cozy little tables along the wall…
but I don’t really like to be leaning down to take in food as those tables would make me, so I requested that we sit at the big table in the middle that was perfect for dining or working on something, like studying…if there was a lot of customers, we probably would have shared it.
After looking through the menu, Rika decided on the ミックスGABORサラダset (チャパタ付)mikkusu GABOR sarada set (chapata-tsuki) (mixed GABOR salad with ciabatta) which came with a drink (Rika chose アイス紅茶aisu koucha (ice tea)) for ￥890.
There were several things that I wanted to try but after seeing another customer having this, I got the トロトロチーズオムライスset toro-toro chiizu omuraisu set (“oozing”-cheese omurice set) which came with salad plate and a drink for ￥890.
I got カフェオレkafe ore (café au lait) as my drink; like la madrague, this place specializes in coffee. It was very tasty, my kind of café au lait.
Rika said her salad was good and filling with plenty of vegetables and meat. My omurice was quite large and delicious; it probably would have been more delicious if I hadn’t taken so long to eat it but since I hadn’t seen Rika for a long time, there was a lot of catching up to do…nevertheless, it was still good. I’ll be heading back for the food that I didn’t have room for this time around.
While we were paying for our meal, I noticed some candy by the register; the owner noticed me noticing the candy and kindly offered us some…I took a strawberry one. Upon taking a closer look at the chewy candy, I realized that it had chili sauce in it! The owner said that it was from Mexico and couldn’t vouch for it being tasty. I had it when I got home: besides a hint of chili flavor, it was pretty much a chewy strawberry candy, not bad at all. ☺ But this is someone who quite liked chili-pepper chocolate from Korea talking, haha!