Service: Very friendly and smiling
Facilities: Very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Strong points: A true cafe where to relax and enjoy a good light meal any time of the day.
The fashion for a long time having been to patronize famous/notorious fast-food cafes with a dubious approach to gastronomy and atmosphere the more traditional cafes with a far more authentic cachet had all but disappeared.
Unfortunately Shizuoka City had not escaped from the trend and had, but for one or two establishments, become a barren land as far as coffee shops were concerned.
At long last some courageous individuals and companies are beginning to help reverse that sorry situation.
“Patina” opened on the 12th of December in increasingly fashionable Tenmacho for the pleasure of haven seeking patrons!
Right from the moment you enter you realize that the establishment is both different and reassuringly familiar as if you were traveling back to a more comfortable era.
The whole place is a comforting kind of jumble with seats for every taste from a personal table tucked in a corner to long sofa benches along the wall and mismatched arm chairs at the counter.
You will need quite a few visits before you elect to sit at the same place!
The place doubles up as a cafe and a light meal bistro/brasserie-style coffee-shop so much in evidence in any French city worth its salt. This implies you can either settle for coffee or tea or start drinking in earnest with food to accompany any time of the day!
The whole staff are ladies and the young Chef, Ms. Akiko Kondoh/近藤亜希子さん has plenty of experience and (dinner will come in another article) her elegant confectioneries are worth the visit!
Her apple millefeuille with ice cream is fast becoming a favorite!
And their teas and coffees are not only delicious but served the traditional and proper way!
I’ll meet you in the evening in front of a pâté de campagne and a glass of wine next time in the evening!
PATINA, Café & Brasserie
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 17-9
Opening hours: 10:00~20:30 (last orders)
Holiday not decided yet
Non-smoking but for a small table away from the other patrons at the end of a long hall before the washroom
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6 thoughts on “Café & Brasserie: Patina in Shizuoka City!”
I wish I had such a place in my Swiss city… It looks as a comforting café where everyone, all around the world would feel great at! (I haven’t seen any couches! They would feet perfectly there!)
The small smoking table sounds cute and kind in my non-smoker’s opinion 😉
These places tend to disappear even in Europe…
As for non-smoking, as a former non-smoker I tend to be even more bothered by the smoke. But in Japan we are slowly but steadily towards a more smoke-free environment!
A fabulous find but, and I am sorry to say this, but, DRAT!!! Why allow even ONE smoking table, no matter how far away, it is still inside and will pollute the entire place with tar and nicotine smoke. That is a real mis-step and big mistake in my opinion. The only solution is for the smokers to smoke OUTSIDE hopefully away from the door.
Really, please petition these fine ladies not to step down to smokers.
I’ll try my best!
Now that I have published the article in Japanese onto two different blogs I might have enough leverage to do so!
Let them wait until they get better known!
As for the smoking table, it is tiny and one cannot consume there!
Love the place anyway, and the cake!