宍倉 慈Megumi Shishikura started her catering business, Volver, in 2009 after working for some time at village trust つくだ農園TSUKUDA farm in the 大原Ohara area raising organic vegetables; from June 2014 she started Restaurant Volver, renting Omnibus 柴洋sibayo, a café in the 東山Higashiyama area, but for only a couple of days each month due to her concentration on farming and catering (she prepares for her catering at Omnibus sibayo as well).
I came to know about Volver through Fumie-san who ordered her vegetables from TSUKUDA farm; she even hosted a catering event at huku cafe after she officially closed the café in mid-October, an event I chose not to attend. When Fumie-san asked Hasegawa-san and me if we wanted to join her and Chieko-san for reserving spots for dinner at Restaurant Volver last weekend, I figured this might be my only chance to experience such a meal with such great company, so I agreed to it…Hasegawa-san also agreed to it in the end.
I arrived a little before open at the café on 松原通Matsubara Street west of 東大路通Higashioji Street but not as fast as Chieko-san who was already waiting at our table by the window. Not too long after, Fumie-san arrived followed by Hasegawa-san not too long after that.
a warm beacon on a drizzly Sunday evening
a shot of one side of the rustically charming café from the outside…
the other side
Shishikura-san at work
Besides us, there was a family of three and a couple making it a full house. The menu was written on blackboards by the door; we ordered everything to share except a dish with sardines (Fumie-san and I aren’t crazy about sardines).
野菜の前菜の盛り合わせyasai no zensai no moriawase (assortment of vegetable appetizers), ￥1300…prepared onions, 赤芯大根akashin daikon (watermelon radish), carrots & their stems, cream-cheese ball, turnips and persimmon adorned the board.
さつま芋とビーツのポタージュスープsatsumaimo to biitsu no potahju suupu (sweet-potato & beets potage-soup), ￥650…we each got a bowl.
旬野菜のサラダshun-yasai no sarada (seasonal-vegetable salad), ￥1000…pretty much most of the vegetables in the appetizers.
骨付き鶏のグリルと季節野菜honetsuki tori no guriru to kisetsu yasai (grilled chicken & seasonal vegetables), ￥2000
栗のパンとナッツのパンkuri no pan to nattsu no pan (chestnut bread & nut bread), ￥200…the picture shows the amount for four people.
バジルソースのクリームパスタbajiru-sohsu no kuriimu pasuta (basil-cream pasta), ￥1000, decorated with carrots and watermelon radish
梨のタルトと栗のアイスnashi no taruto to kuri no aisu (pear tart & chestnut ice cream), ￥900…we each got a plate.
which we each had with 珈琲coffee, ￥500.
Although simply prepared, each dish was delicious, not to mention healthy…I felt there were no excess flavors except those that only complemented the natural flavor of each ingredient. Although I’m partial to meat myself (man, was that chicken good!), the vegetables were the highlight of the meal for me. The whole-wheat crust of the tart was perfect with the sweet pear topping making it a fantastic tart. The ice cream (I would prefer to call it “chilled cream” because it melted not once during my slow process of devouring it☺) was rich and quite sweet making the deep flavor of the coffee even more delicious. We each paid over ￥3000 for the meal but it was worth the exquisite presentation of delectable food and relaxing atmosphere, not to mention great company and a wonderful hostess.
Speaking of Shishikura-san, the reason that I took a liking to her besides her sweet and gentle demeanor is that she looks a lot like my friend, Yujean, back in the States, especially when she smiles. I told her so, even showed her and my company pictures and everyone agreed. Shishikura-san told me that her grandfather is Korean…very happy to meet another person with Korean heritage.☺ We were the last customers to leave, so that gave us an opportunity to all, including Shishikura-san, take a picture together (I set the timer for my phone’s camera). Since then I’ve been keeping in touch with Shishikura-san when time allows…all the easier to go back for another awesome meal, just hope reservations don’t fill up too fast then.☺
Address: (Omnibus柴洋sibayo) 〒605-0813 京都市東山区轆轤町Kyoto-shi. Higashiyama-ku. Rokuro-cho 109
Email address: email@example.com (please reserve for Restaurant Volver or catering here)
Access: 京阪五条駅より徒歩７分minutes from Keihan Gojo Station or 東大路「清水道」バス停より５分minutes from the Higashioji bus stop, Kiyomizu-michi
Business hours: 6:00-10:00pm (reservation only unless there are open spots or cancellations)
Cafe holiday: check Facebook page for days each month.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/foodcateringvolver