Tiny café near Atsugi serves up tasty lunch

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Having enjoyed strolling through Atsugi, we drove about 30-minutes before dropping by a popular tiny café in Aikawa Town.

 

Hosaku is a café situated on the second floor of a tiny storehouse along the road running between Atsugi and Lake Miyagase. After walking up a steep staircase, we entered the café. It was a cozy interior with clean white walls, as well as high ceilings and accommodated 10.

 

Locals and tourists frequent it between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for well-priced lunch specials.

 

Following the shop owner Kazuyo Yogi’s recommendation, we ordered the Daily Lunch Set for 1,000 yen ($9) and a Roast Beef Bowl for 1,400 yen ($12.50).

 

The daily set features local fresh mountain vegetables. Although they were not strongly-seasoned, as they were really fresh, the sweetness of each of vegetable really stood out in the homemade dressing. The roast beef was juicy and chewy and went perfectly with black rice.

 

In brief, the dishes were tasty as well as very healthy.

 

“We always try offering dishes as healthy as possible,” Yogi said.

 

The lunch sets came with vegetable soup, salad and hand-dripped coffee.

 

The rich flavor of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans were really refreshing, and to fully enjoy the high-end coffee, we ordered homemade chiffon cake and pound cake with black sesame. The cakes were also wonderful!  

 

Café Hosaku

 

 

Location: 482 [2F] Hanbara, Aikawa Town, Kanagawa Pref.

Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.,

TEL: 046-280-3232

 

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