Service: kind, elegant and attentive
Equipment & facilities: Spotless clean overall. Superb separate gender washroom. Entirely non-smoking. Garden, private room, gallery and parking
Strong points: great coffee, light meals and drinks in a superb setting. Can be rented for private parties and events.
Yesterday, thanks to my good friend Osamu Kurosawa who lives in Ieyama, Kawane Cho, Shimada City, I discovered a real jewel of a Cafe Gallery named Hiyori, lost in the middle of the nature in Mijiro, Kawane Cho, Shimada City!
Kazuko Sawada/澤田和子さん had this superb building created away from the city last year to provide a haven in the middle of nature with the dual purpose of a Cafe and a Gallery!
The architectural style is resolutely modern and artistic!
But in the winter the cafe is heated with a wood oven!
The place is open only on Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays from 11:00 to 17:00 but can be opened at later hours or other days on requests for private parties or events!
One of the reasons Kazuko established this Cafe & Gallery is that her own sister has a soba restaurant in the neighborhood!
She serves homemade lunches, snacks and cakes and very good quality coffee and tea!
The place, being a gallery, is full of exquisite art work!
The whole place inside is entirely non-smoking although one can smoke outside in the vast garden!
One can sit at tables or at the counter in the main room…
… or retire to a Japanese-style room with view on the garden!
All elegance and tradition!
Have a good look at the garden as you might be tempted to sit under the eaves!
But if you come with friends you might be tempted to sit at the counter to share a pleasant conversation with Kazuko, too!
For guests who wish for a more substantial drink, shochu and wine are available (sake will come soon, I hope)!
Be aware this is great tea country, too!
And coffee is truly delicious!
This was my first and too short a visit, so expect more reports soon!
CAFE GALLERY HIYORI 日和
Owner: Ms. Kazuko Sawada/澤田和子さん
428-0103 Shimada City, Kawane Cho, Mijiro, 3395-3
Opening hours: 11:00~17:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays
Can be rented at later hours and other days with sufficient reservation.
Car park available
RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES
So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,
Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents