“An,” or red bean paste, is the main character in this café created in collaboration with Suetomi and Kyoto Hotel Okura
Many Japanese confectionery artisans take pride in their red bean paste called “an”. While in Japan, you will have many chances in getting familiar with “an” as it is a staple in Japanese confectionery. Notice that “un,” pronounced “an,” is included in the name of this café. With the collaboration between Kyoto Hotel Okura, Suetomi opened un café Le Petit Suetomi in December 2012. In contrast to this modern café, their main shop is running since 1893 protecting their traditional methods. un café Le Petit Suetomi offers delightful items using their legendary “an” such as red bean buns and zenzai (a sweet red bean soup with mochi.) Also, the café serves Suetomi`s famous seasonal Japanese confectionery which goes well with Japanese green tea made with fine tea leaves by Ippodo.
An Pan (Red Bean Bun) - with whipped cream / ￥432
This red bean bun can definitely be ranked high out of all red bean buns in Japan. With the collaboration of the bakery of Kyoto Hotel Okura, Suetomi's “an,” or red bean paste, is wrapped around in bread dough and baked to perfection. You can choose from “koshi an” or “tsubu an” meaning “smooth” or “textured.” To imagine the difference, you can think of it in the same sense as you would with peanut butter for its “smooth” or “crunchy” choices. We recommend the one with whipped cream with its light-as-air fluffiness that matches perfectly with the “an”.
An no Marumaru (deep fried wheat gluten balls) / ￥756
An no Marumaru is their original item uniquely made with wheat gluten and red bean paste. Be careful with your first bite as they are fried to order and can come out to the table hot. It is served with “kinako,” or soybean flour. Wheat gluten is not commonly fried; however, by frying it, the wheat gluten and red bean come out warm and soft bringing out its good qualities.
Seasonal Japanese Sweets / ￥486 -
The seasonal sweets are Suetomi's traditional Japanese confectionery generally made with sugar and bean paste. These traditional confectioneries typically represent the scenery of current season, and they are carefully crafted by experienced confectionery artists. You can choose one out of three seasonal sweets presented at your seat. Pictured on the left is “kinton,” sweet confectionery colorfully presented. It's recommended to enjoy its beauty before enjoying your first bite.
Bouley's Burger / ￥1,404
Try this burger produced by David Bouley who is one of the top star chefs in New York. It is elegantly presented with side of olives, pickles, mustard, and tomato sauce. Thick meat patty is stacked with onions, cucumbers, lettuce, tomato, and cheese sandwiched between in-house made English muffins.
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un café Le Petit Suetomi
|Address||Yasaka-kawaramachi Bld.1F, 384 Ichinofunairicho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0924|
|Directions||2-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Stn.|
|Open Hours||10am - 6:30pm|
|Notes||Everything in this Café is selected carefully which in total collaborates together to offer experience fitting for the modern world. A person can enjoy a glass of drink at the waterside terrace while others can enjoy sweets or burger for a little café time.|
￥1,000 - ￥2,000
|Good for||Solo, Romantic, With Friends|
English menu with pictures are available.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese, English|
|Number of seats||21 seats|
|Private dining rooms||Nothing|
|Non smoking / smoking||Non smoking|