The owner of hohemi closed the popular Kyoto bakery to concentrate on ひつじHitsuji, a donut shop and café at the interesection of 富小路通Tominokoji Street and 夷川通Ebisugawa Street which opened in September 2011. Hitsuji is known for donuts made with 天然酵母tennen-koubo (natural yeast) and/or 発芽玄米hatsuga-genmai (germinated brown rice), making for some chewy donuts.
I attempted to go for the first time in the evening at the end of March last year but when I got there, all the donuts were sold out which often happens apparently…although drinks were still available in the café, I decided to come back when there were donuts available.
Almost a month later, I went in the afternoon.
There were plenty of donuts to choose from this time.
After much consideration, I decided on 紅茶とクリームチーズときび砂糖koucha to kuriimu-chiizu to kibi-satou (tea & cream-cheese & light brown sugar), ￥170, さつまいもとシナモンsatsumaimo to shinamon (sweet-potato & cinnamon), ￥160, かぼちゃと栗とココナッツkabocha to kuri to kokonattsu (pumpkin & chestnut & coconut), ￥220, and 粒あんと丹波黒豆きな粉tsubu-an to Tanba kuromame-kinako (coarse red-bean paste & Tanba black-bean powder), ￥180.
the inside of the tea & cream-cheese & light brown sugar donut
I ended up giving the rest to the staff of 969★ Café when I went there later in the evening but they were also impressed with the chewiness and flavor of the donuts.
Since then, I’ve been back with Rika and Maki, both the next month.
Over one year and three months after the account above, I went to Hitsuji to have dessert after lunch at SONGBIRD COFFEE. When I arrived, there was one couple being waited to be seated (they were seated not too long after). I chose my donut, クリームチーズときび砂糖kuriimu-chiizu to kibisatou (cream-cheese & light brown sugar), ￥170, and drink, アイスバラと桃のフレーバーティーaisu bara to momo no furehbah tii (iced rose & peach flavored tea), ￥450, and paid for them before sitting down in front of the register to wait.
I didn’t have to wait long AND I got the best seat (the only cushioned chair) in the place.☺
the view from my seat
the counter seating in front of the kitchen
This was the first time that I had a donut right out of the oven and it was absolutely delicious, the sweetness of the brown sugar going well with the cream-cheese filling with the chewy donut to hold everything together. Not only was the presentation of my tea charming, it was delicious and refreshing, too; upon drinking it, I guessed it was from MLESNA, and I was right!☺ I would have stayed longer enjoying my eat and drink and the cute atmosphere but I had a date with Mason.
On my way out, I bought a かぼちゃとクリームチーズときび砂糖kabocha to kuriimu-chiizu to kibisatou (pumpkin & cream-cheese & light brown sugar), ￥190 for Mason and hohoemiのラスクno rasuku (rusk), ￥350, for Maki who I’d be seeing in a week for her birthday. I’ll be coming back again, ideally on a weekday since the weekends are so busy (there was a constant flow of people the time I was at the café).
FYI: The prices above are the prices without tax, so expect to pay a little more when rung up.☺