Retro yet modern Japanese-style café serving original shaved ice
NITI’s building, which used to be an ochaya (a house where maiko lived), retains its classical Japanese architectural structure while looking modern and stylish. Their most popular menu item is a shaved ice “Awayuki” which uses natural ice. The ice is made by the fourth generation icemaker, “Tokujiro” in Nikko. Carefully shaved ice is so delicate and light, and looks like a snowflake. The ice melts away in the mouth immediately. The sauce made from seasonal fruits goes best with their delicate ice. Besides the shaved ice, NITI offers other unique menu items. One is a set of fresh rice cakes with five kinds of dips. Customers bake Rice cakes made from that year’s newly harvested rice over a fire. Another recommended dish is a milk pudding using Hoji-cha (roasted Japanese tea).
photo by Koichi Higashitani Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
Fujin-gaho, July issue,2011
|Address||570-8 Gion-cho Minami-gawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto|
|Hours||11:00-18:00 (café); 19:00-2:00 (bar)|
|Closed||Café closed irregularly; Bar closed on Sun. & a day before national holidays|
|Recommended||Popular shaved ice is available throughout the year.|
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