Cafe BLUE FIR TREE

Before making it to Cafe BLUE FIR TREE, I heard about it through Kyoto café magazines and TV shows that mentioned it. Since it was within a fair walking distance from where I work, I decided to drop by in mid-November last year before work.

the old-fashioned sophisticated front entrance…it wasn’t too hard to find a little south of 四条通Shijo Street on 大和大路通Yamato-oji Street in 祇園Gion (if you walk further south, you’ll come upon CAFE OPAL).

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The place was almost full being so small and since the front entrance was blocked by seated customers, I had to go through the entrance in the back. For such a small place, the seats were pretty big (and cushy). Besides the counter there were about two tables in the back.

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The café is a bar at night, from 7:00pm-4:00am…cafe hours are from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

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My seat was closer to the front.

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I don’t know if it was because of Christmas being near but the cafe’s fir-tree was indeed blue.☺

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I  decided to get the seasonal  hotcake, 幻のホットケーキ「秋」maboroshi no hottokehki (“fantastical” hotcake: fall), ¥700, as aドリンクセットdorinku setto (drink set) with ホットコーヒーhotto kohhii (hot coffee) for an additional ¥200.

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The hotcake was topped with sweet-potato ice cream and decorated with sweet potato chips, diced sweet potato and maple syrup, the opitome of Japanese fall in my opinion. And for a hotcake, it was not only pleasing to the eye but good, subtly sweet, nostalgic of Japanese hotcakes in the past…even though I’m not Japanese, after 14 years of living here, I could understand that feeling a bit.

The staff was kind and polite and the atmosphere was cozy, perfect especially for the cool, almost cold autumn. However, the allowance of smoking was the only downfall I could see of the place but it couldn’t be helped, especially because the café doubled as a bar. I hope the next time I go, there won’t be so much smoking.

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