Jan. 26, 2023 UPDATE
The café is located in the always busy Gion District, close to Yasaka Shrine, so access to it very good. They have their menu in English so come and taste their tasty wares!
Some simple English.
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Story & Recommendation
page one Café & Dining Bar is a café in Kyoto offering shaved ice in bowls made out of ice
You can find the café page one, which is run by the oldest shop in the ice trade in Kyoto, Morita, close to Yasaka Shrine in Gion. The ice used here is of course from Morita, and the shaved ice is even served in a bowl made out of ice. It’s quite interesting that the bowl melts very slowly. The shaved ice here is topped with freshly pressed fruit juice, and because of their fame, there is always a line of people wanting to cool down with a bowl of shaved ice in front of the café in summer. This is also why many Japanese media also feature this café on their pages and programs. Besides their famous shaved ice, at the café, you can also enjoy sandwiches and coffee, and at night the café turns into a bar. The café is located in a traditional Kyoto-style machiya townhouse which has been awarded a prize by the machiya association. If you come to see Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, how about also having some shaved ice!
Shaved ice topped with freshly pressed lemon juice / ￥1,000 (including tax)
On top of the shaved ice, you have the tangy but pleasant flavor of freshly pressed lemon juice. How refreshing! You also get the nice fragrance of lemon. The shaved ice is at its best when it starts to melt a bit.
Shaved ice topped with freshly pressed strawberry juice / ￥1,100 (including tax)
The fresh strawberries and strawberry jam on top of the shaved ice make this a treat that has some acidity to it, but it’s still very sweet and delicious. The slightly sour but sweet taste of the strawberries is so nice it’s hard to forget. After you put some condensed milk on it, the taste gets more sweetness to it, and what can I say: the combination of strawberries and condensed milk is just perfect.
Egg sandwich / ￥750 (including tax)
The soft egg paste inside this sandwich is just full of eggy goodness. The bread and egg paste go together well, and the sandwich is moist and not at all too dry; the perfect thing to start your afternoon tea with.
Shimokawara latte (matcha latte) / ￥750 (including tax)
If you come to Kyoto, remember to have a cup of matcha latte too! The slight bitterness in the matcha makes this matcha latte not taste overly sweet, but refined. I recommend not adding sugar and enjoying the pure taste of matcha in this matcha latte.
How to Order
They have their menu in English so ordering should be easy.
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Besides the shaved ice, they have the favorite dish of the Japanese, curry rice, and also sandwiches, so you could try these two. I want to especially recommend the egg sandwich, you won’t forget the taste of the smooth egg filling.