回廊KAIROH was first brought to my attention by Mica-san when we met in late July last year; it was our first time going out just the two of us since I met her through Iori-san the year before. I quickly learned that she too loves going to various establishments and enjoying the same lovely eats that Kyoto has to offer, so it was only a matter of time before we would hang out. We had just finished lunch at つなぐ食堂Tsunagu Shokudo, dessert included, when Mica-san suggested having coffee and dessert at KAIROH on 新京極通Shinkyogoku Street close by; of course I agreed immediately since Mica-san’s taste in cafes reflects mine as well. Although it was both our first time going, we were able to find it without a problem.
the entrance to KAIROH which is found on the second floor of a charming little brick building…the old-fashioned coffee mill outside reminds me of イノダコーヒー本店Inoda Coffee Honten ‘s.
my favorite shot of the visit: the view inside of the coffee shop at the top of the stairs outside the door
When Mica-san and I entered, we were greeted with smoke and classical music at the same time the owner called out a welcome. Taking a quick look around the cozy little room while deciding on a seat, I noticed that we were the only female customers, not to mention that the male customers dispersed around the room were older than us, probably close to the age of my father…they only glanced at us for a moment before going back to whatever they were doing.
Mica-san and I took a table by the window in the center of the room…like the tables in most old-fashioned Japanese coffee shops, the tables are low and narrow so that even when two people sit across from each other, they are still quite close to each other creating an intimate atmosphere. The comfortable chairs are upholstered in velvet worn from years of use adding to the coziness of the establishment.
the view of the entrance area from our table
the view of the front of the shop
the booth seating on one side of the room
Even if one was to come alone, there are plenty to keep one occupied, from the reading material to checking out the decor or just watching the other customers…if it’s up to me, looking out the window and thinking or daydreaming is an option.☺
Mica-san had planned on ordering the フルーツパウンドケーキfruit pound cake when the opportunity came to go to KAIROH, so she got it with ブレンドコーヒーblended coffee as a デザートセットdessert set at ￥700…since the fruit pound cake is perfect for two people to share, I just ordered an アイスコーヒーiced coffee, ￥400, since I was hot although I was curious about the blended coffee…next time, next time.😅
The fruit pound cake was basically a slice of Stollen and it came surrounded by various seasonal cut fruit, making for a sweet picture. Although I came to Japan hating fruitcake with a passion, due to many a Japanese’s love for fruitcake, Stollen, whatever, I grew accustomed to having it and I don’t mind it as much anymore…leave it up to the Japanese to perfect pretty much anything☺. My iced coffee and Mica-san’s blended coffee seemed to be dark-roast, just the way that we like our coffee, and balanced out the sweetness of our dessert perfectly.
We both agreed that we’d love to come back. I’m actually curious about the thick toast with six kinds of jam served for only two hours in the morning; if only I can get my butt out early enough on a holiday to try it.😜