I think most foreigners living in Japan would agree that there are not enough breakfast places around.So I am happy to have discovered a great new spot with fluffy omelettes, toast, Italian coffee and freshly squeezed OJ. They even have an outdoor deck. And on top of it all, it is less than 15 minutes away on a bike and cost less than ¥1500. Everything was fresh and tasty! What a great way to start the day!
Fontaine Cafe and Cake shop is just a little south of Kisami on the 136. You can take a bike from tabi-tabi or find it on our recommendation map here.
Open: 10:00 – 19:30
Last order: 18:00
For those of you who have been visiting the Kisami area for sometime, you may have noticed that Paradise has been lost and in it’s place Cafe Mellow has set up shop. Although some of the changes will take some getting used to, we were impressed with the food, service, and reasonable prices. Despite the name, staff are attentive and dishes are served up quick. Cafe Mellow offers burgers, sandwiches, pasta, curry, and appetizers from 11 am til 11 pm.
The day we went for lunch we had a Grilled Broad-bill Swordfish Sandwich which came with fries and a bit of salad on the side for ¥800, and the Basil Sauce with Shrimp and Avocado Pasta for ¥1050. Both were fresh, yum, and plentiful. The sandwich I thought could use a smear of mayonaise and a good dash of pepper which they were more than happy to provide.
For those of you arriving late on Friday night from Tokyo, Cafe mellow is the perfect place for a late night drink to help you mellow out from the big city buzz.
Open: 11-00 – 23:00
If you love a good sandwich, like I love a good sandwich, you have got to check out cubstar in Shimoda. They have a Panini lunch special to please everyone. A veggie version with mozzarella and cheese, the pescetarian special (as above) is filled with cream cheese and lox (smoked salmon), and for lovers of meat they a have Bologna and egg salad mix. Try to leave a little room for dessert because Cubstar‘s Yama-chan makes the best French toast this side of the planet. This hot and crispy treat is available anytime, comes in two sizes, and has an assortment of flavors but I get the large basic version with honey everytime (to share of course). They also have a dinner menu, with nice fresh salads, pastas, smoothies, and excellent Italian coffees. Be sure to order a cappuccino in order bare witness to Hoshi-kun’s coffee art skills. Cubstar now has a take-out menu so you can grab a good coffee or a smoothie and sit next to the river on Perry Road which is less than a 5 minute walk from the cafe. Cubstar can be a little tricky to find but just look for the quaint green church that is their neighbour. I will also add it to our recommendation map here.
Just a short stroll from Guesthouse tabi-tabi a Jerk Chicken Shop has opened up. Their cozy nook, Bingo, is situated right next to Kisami’s shrine so on late evenings in September you can listen to live taiko drumming, shamisen, and bamboo flutes while filling up on their Jamaican Style BBQed bird, and draft beer.
Open: 11:30 – 20:00
You can also find it on our recommendation maps here and here.
I have been meaning to write about South Cafe for a long time. And so I bring my camera with me every time I go but then as soon as the food arrives, my mouth waters and I dig in without capturing any of the deliciousness. This place is a favorite among tourists and locals alike so it is a good idea to arrive a bit early on the weekends or your won’t get a seat.
Don’t let the cheap prices fool you, the portions are huge. Yasu and I usually share a salad, and one other dish, a pasta or a dorian. The veggie pepperoncini is super garlicy so I always order some bread to sop up the buttery garlic once the noodles have been ravished.
If we still have room, we order desert. The brownie is super rich and moist and goes well with the vanilla ice-cream that is served on the side. The yummy banana bread comes with ice-cream too!
They have excellent drinks as well. A Fresh lime soda goes down well on a hot summer day. They have bottomless coffee, great mojitos, super smoothies….. If you like red wine, but don’t like yours chilled, make sure you let them know, and they will take a bottle off the shelf for you.
Hours: 11:30 – 21:00 (closed Thursdays)
From tabi-tabi, South cafe is a 7 minute stroll along the river. You can also find it on our tabi-tabi recommendation map here