Opened in mid-March 2012, 喫茶と焼き菓子 ダバダバdabadaba is a machiya café in 西院Saiin, very close to the train tracks for 京福西大路三条駅Keifuku Nishioji Sanjo Station on 六角通Rokkaku Street west of 西大路通Nishioji Street. Built in 1932, the machiya was renovated to resemble a Western-style house; the café is known for its homemade pancakes and coffee made with beans from Unir.
After seeing it in one of my café resources about three years ago, I put it on my list of cafes to visit but it wasn’t until late April this year that I made it out there after getting off work. I walked there by 四条通Shijo Street and made my way north on a tiny nameless road around which it seemed to be and found it without any trouble.
the exterior…it looked much looked like someone’s residence from the outside.
I walked into a very tiny foyer where I realized I’d have to take my shoes off before going up; I could see a solitary staff member busy at work in the kitchen because the foyer and kitchen were separated only by a swinging door…I took him to be the owner. It didn’t take him long to notice me at which he nervously came to greet me and inform me that it would take quite a bit of time to get my order out to me because he was still tending to the orders before me; I told him that I didn’t mind waiting. After finding space in the foyer to put my shoes, I went in and chose the two-seater table next to the staircase. The owner was so busy that he was making the customers write down their own orders; I left mine on a stool at the door to the kitchen. There were four parties ahead of me, so I settled down for a long wait.
the view of the parlor-like area from my seat
the view of the entrance and kitchen area
the rest of the dining area which was more Japanese-style with three tables and plenty of reading material…the glass doors opened out on to a garden where the restroom also was.
my table…loved the blue velvet chairs, how I could I choose any other seat?☺
It actually took an hour before I was served but that gave me plenty of time to get settled and cool off from my toasty walk from work. I was immersed in a book about 平子理沙Risa Hirako when my curry, which came with salad, finally arrived.
茄子カレーnasu kareh (eggplant curry), ￥900
I didn’t think that the eggplant would come in thick juicy slices place strategically in the coconut-milk based curry which surrounded a mound of rice, so I was a bit surprised at the appearance. I do like round-shaped food, though, so it was pleasing to my eye, and delicious at that, more so because I was starving by the time that it arrived.
The ミルクコーヒーmilk coffee, ￥350 (￥200 off with curry) and ガトーショコラgâteau au chocolat, ￥400 (￥200 off), that I also ordered didn’t take long to be served (although I could have waited since I was quite full from the curry).
It may be a little hard to tell in the pictures but the portions were huge! I was very pleased with the gâteau au chocolat which was perfectly sweet and the perfect moist but dense texture. The milk coffee was a bit thinner in flavor than I was used to drinking but still good enough to satisfy my coffee craving.
I was meeting Iori-san by 5:00pm close to JR円町駅Enmachi Station, so I ended up leaving not too long after finishing my dessert and coffee. On my way out, I asked the owner if he manned the café alone; he does…I don’t know how he does this everyday.
I had refrained from ordering pancakes this time because EVERYONE ordered it and that’s why it took so long to be served but next time I’m going to see what all the hype’s about.