Started in early May 2012, 喫茶ウズラKissa Uzura (uzura means “quail”) is a retro-style coffee shop about a five- to ten-minute walk from JR嵯峨野線円町駅Sagano Line Enmachi Station. I first heard of it in a magazine I read at a café earlier last year and attempted to drop in early April but the place was closed to my dismay. My decision to go was further inspired by the のりトーストnori (seaweed laver) toast (inspired by one that the owner found in Tokyo) that Eriko-san posted in her Instagram account the next week as well as the charming retro atmosphere and a week after that, I finally made it to Kissa Uzura before meeting Mason for the afternoon.
When I arrived, the place was empty except for the reserved female owner (who was as small and cute as a quail☺) and a guy smoking and reading a newspaper at the counter who left not too long after I took one of the medium blue-green velvet-upholstered stool chairs, the one closest to the entrance. With me being the only customer, I took the opportunity to ask if I could take pictures to which the owner quietly obliged.
the part of the glassed entrance area closest to the bookshelf
and the part where the seating was
the seating toward the back
the counter seating behind which there was a small narrow kitchen area…this was basically the length of the place.
Besides the counter seating, there were only three booth seats, each one upholstered differently, making the place more homey in its mismatched gloriousness. You would think that everything in the place was passed down through the years but apparently the owner did a lot of searching and buying to furnish it into the lovely retro Japanese-style coffee shop it was.
Before I started taking pictures, since the lunch sounded perfect and I was famished, I ordered it right away: 今日のランチ：鶏のから揚げ・はたけしみじのうま煮・水菜とお揚げの柚子こしょう和え・ごはん・みそ汁・漬物kyou no ranchi: tori no karaage, hatake-shimeji no uma-ni, mizuna to o-age no yuzu-koshou-ae, gohan, miso-shiru, tsukemono (today’s lunch: Japanese boneless fried chicken, tasty stewed fried chicken mushroom, potherb mustard & fried tofu dressed in yuzu-pepper, rice, miso soup and Japanese pickles) and アイスティーiced tea for￥750.
A wholesome and delicious meal, I enjoyed every bite…the side dishes, the miso soup, the chicken all complemented a rice-based meal…another addiction discovered.☺
Mason still hadn’t arrived when I finished my meal, so I went ahead and ordered シナモントーストcinnamon toast, ￥380, with ブレンドコーヒーblended coffee, ￥250 (￥100 off with toast) but she did arrive in time to order a blended coffee to be brought to her at the same time as my order.
Perfectly toasted and covered with just the right subtle amount of cinnamon, sugar and butter, I was pleased with the toast (isn’t toast one of the best comfort foods?☺). The dark-roast coffee was delicious and a wonderful complement for my toast. Mason brought some books about cats from the bookshelf and we looked through them together while having our coffee.
The coffee cups and saucers were the same charming retro design as the dish my meal came on; the design looked like that of the original cups for さんさかSansaka but when I asked the owner about it, I was told that there was probably no relation.
A couple of months after I went, in late June Kissa Uzura closed its doors due to the owner taking maternity leave and there was some question about a reopening but as of early May this year, the coffee shop is back in business. I have to go try that nori toast when I’m not tempted to get the lunch.☺