In mid-June of last year, Mason and I decided to have dinner at ココカラCocokara azito cafe+share, the sister café for ココカラCocokara cafe+dish, where we had dined before. From what I read about it in the July 2012 Leaf, the café serves, like its sister café, healthy and well-balanced food, even o-banzai, based around vegetables; instead of white rice, they serve brown rice (yay!). Even their sweets are good for you (well, at least better than most sweets) made with natural ingredients.
Not too far from the 京阪神宮丸太町駅Keihan Jingu-Marutamachi Station on 東丸太町通East Marutamachi Street, the café is easy to find.
casual exterior and not as feminine in taste as its sister café…almost reminded me of a place in a tropical country☺
We chose a table near the front with armchairs…this was my view toward the outside.
the display area near our table
the view further in…it was a little more chic in the back.
Although it was almost dinner time, we were allowed to choose from the lunch menu…I got the チリチキンランチセットchiri chikin ranchi setto (chili chicken lunch set), ￥980, although we had only had lunch (at cafe MATSUONTOKO) only a few hours before…it came with a drink for which I chose アイスコーヒーaisu kohhii (ice coffee) to have after my meal.
From the upper left going clockwise: brown rice, chili chicken, salad, soup, hijiki, potato salad and こうや豆腐kouya-dofu (freeze-dried tofu)…can you believe all this food? And every dish had a subtly delicious flavor that convinced the consumer that it was healthy. The chili chicken wasn’t spicy at all unlike its name but still a good complement for the rice. Overall I was impressed with the taste and amount of food.
I got the お豆腐のラスベリーチーズケーキo-toufu no razuberii chiizukehki (raspberry tofu cheesecake), ￥580, for dessert which Mason ordered as well.
The texture was cheesecake but I could taste the tofu which made for an interesting experience; the raspberry taste and mauve color was soft and appealing. Although I was full from the day’s eats, I was still able to finish it, the perfect end to my dining experiences that day.
It seemed that they were preparing for an event later that evening…when we went up to pay and chatted with the owner, we found out that they were going to have an English workshop. Maybe he and the workshop leader thought it was coincidence and would have liked us to stay but we had to be on our way.
Since that time that we went, the café has undergone renovation (I noticed construction in the coming fall when I was in the area) and has even further developed their concept to create an environment where people can become connected through activities (from concerts to workshops to galleries) that may help each individual’s dream to come true…perhaps a bit romantic and idyllic but there are possibly plenty of people who would be grateful for such a place…you’ll be able to see the current situation if you go to their website, (for those who don’t understand Japanese, sorry, it’s mostly in Japanese), http://www.cocokara-azito.com/. I’ll have to go back sometime and see the new and improved place for myself.
Update: I hear that ココカラCocokara azito cafe+share is now called 担担麺Tantanmen×夢Yume azito and they serve tantanmen, spicy Sichuan-style noodles…I need to go back and check out the situation.