Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Café in Miura's cabbage field offers tasty local fare

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Located near Arasaki and Soleil Hill, Kyabetsu Batake (literally, cabbage field), is a tiny café offering tasty food, coffee and sweets.

As the name indicates, the café is situated in a tiny town surrounded by a large cabbage field.

Upon entering the wooden door, my wife and I were welcomed by a courteous staff. A nearby corner bar and adjacent shelves were stocked with various coffee makers, strainers, along with colorful coffee cups and saucers. It all added to a stylish interior of muted colors accentuated by a various craft and pictures on the walls.

The café offers various lunch sets for 850 - 1,290 yen ($7.50 - $10.40) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Besides the fixed lunch sets, you can make your own lunch set by combining one from the rice dishes (such as dried curry, pilaf and taco rice) and one from the main dishes (such as fried chicken, fried shrimp and spring rolls) with salad, coffee or a soft drink for 850 yen.

My wife made her set with pilaf, fried chicken, salad and iced coffee.

I ordered a special “sashimi” lunch set for 1,300 yen. This set, with limited availability, was made up of yellowtail, squid and horse mackerel, along with miso soup, salad and complimentary coffee.

Although raw fish with coffee sounds strange, I found the pairing to be very delicious. The silver-looking squid and fatty yellowtail were very tasty and rounded out the meal nicely.

According to the staffer, they visit a local port to buy fresh fish when premium, in-season fish arrive. So, if you are lucky, you can sample a special high-grade lunch featuring local fish for a reasonable price.

We were also served complimentary peanuts that are locally produced. The cold-brewed coffee had a mild and smooth texture and made it impossible to not have a slice of one of their homemade cakes to go along with it.

Kyabetsu Batake
HOURS: Tues. - Sun., 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
LOCATION: 207-5 Irie, Hasseicho, Miura City, Kanagawa Pref.
URL: tabelog.com/kanagawa/A1406/A140603/14014488/
TEL: 050-5571-3738

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