さらさ花遊小路Sarasa Kayukoji is part of the さらさSarasa chain which started out as a renovated machiya cafe and now consists of seven establishments, including a bakery AND a coffee shop (as of September 15th, need to go!), along with cafés; this will be the fifth post written about the Sarasa chain here at Hitori Kyoto.
When Rika, Miya and I made plans to hang out in mid-June 2009, Miya suggested Sarasa Kayukoji because it’s popular among the college crowd (they were still students then).
We were seated on the second floor…check out the shark hanging up in the eaves!
Miya got the タコライスtaco rice, ￥790.
Rika got the 山菜ときのこのピラフsansai to kinoko no pirafu (wild greens & mushroom pilaf), ￥680, while I got the ひじきピラフhijiki pirafu (black seaweed pilaf), ￥680.
Not only was the food good, I remember being surprised at the amount of food at such a reasonable price. I went away with a very good impression of the place.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go back until over four years later in mid-August of this year, with only Rika this time…omo-ya where I’d hoped to go for dinner wasn’t opening until 6:00pm but Rika and I were ready to eat by 5:00. I remembered that I’d been wanting to go back to Sarasa Kayukoji and Rika, being ever the complying companion, agreed to the decision.
the entrance to the café in the 花遊小路商店街Kayukoji Shopping Arcade…ahh, I remember taking a picture of the girls at this angle four years ago.
We were seated in the back looking out on a garden.
The staff workers were on break here when we arrived about which the waitress politely informed us; we didn’t mind sharing the space with them at all.
It being a hot day and after looking at the attractive variety of drinks on the menu, I decided to order the 麗し)のバラソーダuruwashi no bara sooda (“lovely” rose soda), ￥580, which came before the food. It was really lovely, sweet and fragrant yet sassy at the same time…I wanted it to last forever.
Rika decided to get a drink when she got dessert after the meal; she ordered the black seaweed pilaf that I ordered four years ago which looked exactly like it did and was as filling as it was then.
I was also floored by the food menu but finally decided on the 生ハムとクリーミーアボカドとくずじ鮭のたっぷりチーズクリームリゾットnama hamu to kuriimii abokado to kuzushi-sake no tappuri chiizu kuriimu rizotto (procured ham, creamy avocado and shredded salmon risotto in a cheese cream), ￥890.
As savory as the name of this dish is long ☺…I had no regrets in ordering this at all, in fact, I may order it again the next time I go!
Although we were full, we decided to get dessert and just walk all the way to Kyoto Station. After looking at the display of baked goods nearby, I got the チョコタルトchoko taruto (chocolate tart), ￥470…heavenly…just think of that delightful chocolate cake of Sarasa’s (check out さらさ西陣Sarasa Nishijin and さらさ麩屋町Sarasa Fuyacho PAUSA for pictures) that I love in pie form.
Rika ordered the キャラメルチーズケーキセットkyarameru chiizukeeki setto (caramel cheesecake set), ￥800, for which she ordered ホットチャイhot chai.
I’ve had a Sarasa cheesecake before (at Sarasa Fuyacho PAUSA); I’m sure that this cake was as rich and filling as that one was.
Other than smoking being allowed in the establishment, I quite like this place! This visit reminded me that I need to come here more often.