Kyoto (京都) is, no doubt, a magnet for tourists who are seeking high-quality unique dishes. There are so many hidden gems in the city which makes it hard to decide and choose the best. One of its treasures is Usagi no Nedoko (ウサギノネドコ), a cutely named establishment whose mission is to communicate the beauty of natural minerals through its products and dishes. Its cafe offers various menus for lunch, tea time, and dinner in a very calm atmosphere.
Usagi no Nedoko Kyoto consists of a shop, an inn, and a cafe. Its cafe was opened on September 14, 2015. The atmosphere in the place is similar to that of a museum where you can see things in their natural colors, shapes, and sizes. There are many things in the cafe that provide stimuli for the eyes in the form of fossils, stones, corals, and shells. Tables are also decorated with sea urchin skeletons. These allow customers to enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer.
The cafe has a shop where you can purchase their specimen products if you ever become interested in them. One of its specimen products is the “Sola cube,” which are beautifully preserved plants placed in transparent cubes measuring 4 centimeters in size. Another is the “Sola cube Mineral,” which preserves minerals and raw stones in acrylic cubes. The Sola cube Mineral comes packaged in a chic silver box.
Some of the food in the cafe are meant to look like natural minerals. Here are some of the popular ones:
1. Meteorite Curry (1,000 yen)
The Meteorite Curry looks like an image of a meteor crash. It looks dark in color with plentiful additions of beans. The meal comes with a soup and a salad.
2. Garden Quartz Tiramisu (790 yen)
The Garden Quartz Tiramisu looks like a transparent stone made of gelatin covering a wad of cookie dough.
3. Amethyst Panna Cotta (300 yen)
The Amethyst Panna Cotta is a creamy gelatin dessert from Italy. You can see the amethyst-like mineral sculpture on top of the gelatin.
Other menus that you can try during lunch are the Grilled Mackerel Sandwich with Tomato Sauce and Basil Sauce, and the Deli Plate of Colorful Vegetables and Meat. For light meals and dinner, your options include a red salad, green salad, bread, an assortment of three to five appetizers, and many more! Some of the sweets you can have are Banana Trifle, Black Cocoa Cake, Baked Apple Pudding, and Gorgonzola Cheesecake.
For drinks, you have the option between alcoholic and non-alcoholic ones. Alcoholic drinks include bottled beer, British beer, gin, and Japanese beer. Non-alcoholic drinks include coffee, tea, herbal tea, ginger ale, orange juice, apple juice, sparkling water, etc.
This cafe is something truly unique in the city of Kyoto. Dishes are highly committed to beauty and flavor. Don’t forget to visit this hidden gem in Kyoto’s Nakagyo Ward (中京区). The staff is happy to welcome and assist you with any need.