After being asked by many a friend to make baked sweets for their café, the owner of つなぐ食堂Tsunagu Shokudo, Yoko Izuhara, started “つなぐ菓子店Tsunagu Kashiten” in early February 2010 providing wholesome homemade sweets that put a smile on anyone’s face and bring people together. Five years later, she opened a café on 裏寺町通Urateramachi Street on the second floor of しのぶ会館Shinobu Kaikan.
I first heard of Tsunagu Shokudo through Mica-san who is a very good source for yummy cafes and restaurants in Kyoto; when I met her in late July, that’s where we had lunch.
the helpful sign in cluing passers-by of this hidden treasure of a café
after climbing the stairs to the second floor…love the simple yet lovely decor!
The café is very small, about the size of the room in a small Japanese apartment, so it’s no surprise that the only seating is an L-shaped counter…Mica-san and I took the seats to the right in the picture. Rather than having come to an eating establishment, it felt like we were dining at home.☺
According to Mica-san’s suggestion (of course!☺), I ordered the 季節のおそうざいプレート、おむすび・みそ汁付seasonal o-banzai plate with rice ball and miso soup, ￥1100.
Needless to say, the meal was as delicious as it looks in the picture (I hope!💦). Just like the owner’s sweets, her meals are wholesome and delicious. Although I felt like I could keep eating, I was quite full by the end of the meal.
But not too full to have a ミニデザート(ガトーチョコラ・キウイアイス)・コーヒーmini dessert of gâteau au chocolat and kiwi ice cream (homemade, of course)
and coffee (in a lovely cup and saucer) for an extra ￥400…
The gâteau au chocolat was perfect, absolutely moist and rich and perfectly sweet; the deep-roast coffee was the best match for this delectable cake. I can’t wait to eventually have more of her yummy sweets.
The reserved yet sociable owner when not busy would talk with Mica-san, that’s how I discovered her to be very sweet. After discovering Tsunagu Shokudo, Mica-san says she often craves the meals; now I know why…guess you can add me to that list, too!😉