Tuesday, July 08, 2008

foodie saturday

Our Foodie Saturday started on a very humid but sunny Saturday. We went to the supermarket to shop for the ingredients for Satoshi's staff party on Sunday. Then came back home to put everything away.

Since it was lunchtime, we pondered what to eat. Satoshi blurted out "soba", I blurted out "curry". Satoshi's face lit up and he said, "curry".

So, we decided to go up towards the Minoo station and look for curry. If it weren't so hot, we would have walked, but the sun was blazing. We took the train from Ishibashi to Minoo and then walked around looking for several places we had in mind.

Two of the three places on our list were closed, so we looked for the last one on our list. This shop was tucked away in a residential area and if you blinked, you would surely walk past it, as the whole building was covered in vines.

Inside, there was a collection of memorabilia and doo-dads from trips around the world. There were only 2 tables with 5 seats--it was very cozy. Oh, and if you have unruly kids, they aren't welcome (actually says so on the menu too).

I had the gyusuji (beef nerf/muscle) curry--1500 yen (about US$15). This curry was mild and the meat was quite tender.

Satoshi had the kani (crab) masala--1700 yen (about US$17). His curry was spicy with crab and veggies in it.

Both of our meals came with drinks--we ordered an ice chai and lassi.

We both agreed that this place is worth going back to.
After eating lunch, we wanted to have some coffee and maybe some dessert.

As we walked back to the station, we checked out a cafe but it was packed. So we walked in toward Minoo Park.

There is a ryokan (Japanese inn) which was built in Meiji 43 (1910) that was renovated four years ago into a cafe, called Hashimototei. We have eaten here for breakfast once before and it is a very quiet and peaceful place to hang out.

Satoshi had the baked cheesecake and I had the hazelnut cacao tart. Both were delicious. We had a nice Saturday despite the heat and humidity.

10-ku (ju-ku)
1-2-7 Niina
Minoo, Osaka
Phone: 072.723.7047
Open 12:00-14:00 and 18:00-24:00
Closed Wednesdays

Hashimototei
2-5-37 Minoo
Minoo, Osaka
Phone: 072.721.3221
Open 7:00-22:00

18 comments:

Lori said...

I love the way those places have so much personality!

K & S said...

Thanks Lori, both were nice in their own ways :)

Take care.
Kat

Kathy said...

my favourite part of this post was when you crossed out the "maybe" right before "some dessert." Well done! hehe :)

K & S said...

he he, Thanks Kathy :)

Take care.
Kat

2kamuela47 said...

Wow what a foodie fine. Glad you had a great day minus the heat and humidity.

K & S said...

It was still humid and hot, Laura, but still a great day.

Take care.
Kat

Debinhawaii said...

Love the curry place with the blue door--how fun! I love hidden little spots like that. Sounds like a great day!

K & S said...

Thanks Deb, it was definitely a great day :)

Take care.
Kat

Rowena said...

Wow that place covered in vines looks so cool! Glad to hear that you guys had a very successful foodie saturday, despite the heat and humidity.

Btw, if you ever get the chance to take a photo of those metal poles to hang laundry, I for one would be curious to see them!

K & S said...

Thanks Rowena, will be sure to post about the metal poles :)

Take care.
Kat

Dhanggit said...

i could imagine how adorable it was when you and katoshi were thinking of what to eat. Reminds me of my hubby and i...although most of the time he is the one that wins LOL

K & S said...

Most times Satoshi wins, Dhanggit :)

Take care.
Kat

Anonymous said...

Ha, I like how you crossed out the "meybe" before dessert. There's always room for dessert and coffee in my book!

Ari (Baking and Books)

K & S said...

Thanks Ari, :)

Take care.
Kat

ParisBreakfasts said...

Thank you for taking us along on your foodie jaunt...relaxed adn casual with an element of the spontaneous, as it should be..
FUN!

K & S said...

I'm glad you had a nice time, PB :)

Take care.
Kat

Peko Peko said...

I had kani masala last week, though in a place with less personality. Looks like a wonderful Foodie Saturday! Do you do any Foodie Saturdays in Kyoto? If so, let's Foodie!

K and S said...

Sure, Peko Peko, I'll let you know when we head your way :)

Take care.
Kat