こみちKomichi is a small Japanese-style café in the 嵯峨Saga area of Kyoto near 二尊院Nison-in Temple. Its name is befitting in that it is along a 小道komichi, or small road, and exactly the type of establishment for which one wants to “wander off the path”☺ with its front windows that give a pretty clear view of what is to be expected inside and I guarantee that you will like what you see😉. The café serves Japanese-style noodles, うどんudon and そばsoba, as well as a variety of Japanese-style sweets.
This charming café was often on my route when I was hooked on making it to this picturesque area ideal for strolling every weekend about 10 years ago but since I was usually on my way somewhere, had already eaten or Komichi was closed (they have early closing hours like most of the establishments in the area), I was unable to stop in😢; however, I promised to make it happen eventually when I could make the time.
I didn’t get the chance to drop in until mid-April 2007 when my parents were visiting me and a sudden downpour had us ducking in to Komichi for shelter. We were the only customers at the time and had free picking for a seat; we chose one of the tables to the right of the establishment by the window.
the view of the front from our table
Chewy with a rich green-tea flavor accentuated by a gorgeous helping of sweet red bean paste, it was the perfect Japanese sweet treat for my parents and me, appealing to the eyes AND taste buds. The coffee was dark roast complementing the dumplings, one of the best proofs that Japanese and Western go well together; my mom claimed it to be the best coffee thus far on the trip☺.
I never forgot about those dumplings and what a pleasant café experience that it was nor how genteel that the owners whom I assumed were a couple were. However, it took me almost 10 years before I made it back in late August last year during the 愛宕古道街道灯しAtago Furumichi Kaido Toboshi. This time, there were a couple of other parties, one of whom was occupying the table at which my parents and I sat when I was here last. I chose a two-seater table in the middle of the left side of the restaurant which was empty.
the window side
the 座敷zashiki (tatami) side
the view of the other side of the café from my seat
Since I was going to have dinner when I got home after Atago Furumichi Kaido Toboshi, I opted to have one of the Japanese sweet sets…of course it included the dumplings.☺
my 豆乳きなこもち茶団子セットtohnyuu kinako mochi cha-dango (soy milk & powder rice cake & green tea dumpling) set, ￥1000
I forewent the coffee this time and just had the complimentary tea provided for the customers. The rice cakes came with 黒蜜kuromitsu, or brown sugar syrup to be poured over them. Although I considered not using the syrup (I tend to like my food light-flavored and simple), once I tried the rice cakes without it, I realized that the syrup was quite necessary😝. The rice cakes were easy to eat and practically melted in my mouth, so although I’m a fairly slow eater, it felt as if they were gone in no time. As were the tea dumplings which were just as chewy and delicious as I remembered them.
The owners were just as I remembered them, reserved and leaving us customers alone to enjoy our visit. While I was paying for my set, I expressed my satisfaction with everything at which I got a warm smile from the wife owner who was ringing me up. She gave me a shop card before I left so that I would remember to come back…as if I’d forget such a hidden treasure of a place as this.😉