Here’s a pleasant spot for lunch or a quick cup of coffee if you are out in the town center: Gurigura Cafe. Sink into one of the comfy antique sofas or chairs and enjoy it’s homey atmosphere. Within these white walls are handcrafted wooden tables and shelves decorated with all manner of candles, knick-knacks and picture books. In fact the cafe is named after two popular Japanese picture book characters: Guri and Gura, two cute little mice whose mantra has obviously had a profound effect upon the two owners’ thinking:
My name is Guri. And my name is Gura.
And what do you think we like to do best?
Cook and eat. Eat and cook.
Yeah! Guri and Gura, that’s us!
They do a lunchtime set (Kyou no ouchi gohan) for ￥900 (+￥100 for coffee or tea) with whole grain rice, a main dish, a side dish, miso soup and a tofu dessert. But (curses!) we got there too late for that. Instead we had Chicken and Egg on Rice (Oyako Donburi) for ￥850 and a Salmon & Cheese Sandwich for ￥750 (both +￥300 for a drink set). They were good (I especially liked the bread) but I fear the sandwich was in girl-sized portions. They also have a nice range of seasonal cakes and tarts of which you can see the Banana Coconut Tart below (￥550 or ￥900 for a drink set). You can see what we had in the pictures below. Just click on the arrow to move them forward:
One last word for our vegan bretheren: beware! The tofu hamburger contains mince!
Gurigura Cafe is located on the west side of Fuyacho, a short stroll south of Shijo. Here is a map. Tel: 075-351-3512
Closed on the second and third Wednesday of each month.