NishiAnn Cafe, Setagaya

NishiAnn Cafe was beautiful, inspiring, and delicious; you can tell by how enthusiastic my camera became.

It is off the beaten path, and probably better that way. Despite that, I’ll be recommending this to everyone who asks me where to eat in & around Tokyo!

In a way, it is easy to miss if you aren’t looking for it. It’s right across the street from a school, not in a busy strip mall or other commercial area. I think that’s part of what makes it beautiful.

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Took a moment for a self-portrait.

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Our host & friend came out to greet us in the front yard patio.

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The cafe is adjacent to a residence.

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Cute outside, cute inside!

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I actually liked the coffee here too.

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Soba with tempura.

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THIS. This was the best tempura I’ve ever had so far. Is it a tempura cake? Definitely coming back for this.

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House-made soba noodles.

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There was a dish with wasabi, daikon, and other seasonings intended to be added to the tempura sauce. It was definitely better together; makes me wonder why I haven’t seen this combination around the states.

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My wife thought these were surprisingly awesome. In the US, these are often overly sweet and lacking flavor. Not the case here. Soft, flavorful from the fruits, and just sweet enough. Made in house, of course.

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Obviously, I’m not the only one admiring its beauty. (Spelled wrong in the magazine though!)

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And the bathroom is clean!

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NishiAnn Cafe
Yubinbango, 157-0076
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Okamoto 1-6-12
http://www.nishiann.com/access/index.html

Bitter + Sweet, Cupertino

Seems you can find San Francisco relics in the south bay area more and more these days.  This is a good thing, imho, and this is the reason I like Bitter + Sweet.  I can go to one place and find multiple things I like, where friends and I can gather and find something for everyone.

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If you’re hungry, there’s panini sandwiches served with salad.  With just the right amount of salad dressing.20151212Bitter+Sweet04

 

Pastries from Satura Cakes out of Los Altos.20151212Bitter+Sweet0520151212Bitter+Sweet08

 

Coffee from Sightglass, San Francisco.  Their signature drink is the Red Velvet Latte.20151212Bitter+Sweet06

 

Ice cream from Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco.20151212Bitter+Sweet09

 

Pairing it together is awesome…  Sightglass affogato with Secret Breakfast!20151212Bitter+Sweet10

And the bathroom is clean and well-ventilated / AC’d.

Bitter + Sweet, 20560 Town Center Ln, Cupertino, CA 95014
http://bitter-sweet.com/index.html