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Dine on Dishes That Look Like Precious Gems

| Food & Drink , Kyoto

Kyoto needs no introduction as a magnet for tourists seeking a taste of classic Japanese food and scenery. But that reputation also has the negative effect of trendy new places covering up a lot of hidden gems throughout the city. Actually, “gem” is a perfect word to describe the cutely named Usaginonedoko Café in Kyoto’s Nakagyo Ward.

This eatery’s mission statement is to express the beauty of natural minerals through food by recreating some of Earth’s sparkling treasures in the form of delicious meals. The café can be found in a renovated Kyo-machiya, a traditional style of house in Kyoto, serving up some delicious geological gourmet dishes.

However, the interior is in stark contrast to the traditional storefront. The café has a very calm atmosphere inside, but at the same time, there are all sorts of stones, coral, fossils and shells everywhere providing a lot of stimuli for the eyes.

きょうはオサレカフェの取材。かなりの素敵空間。

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Even the tables were full of sea urchin skeletons.

The Meteorite Curry (¥1,000 [US$9]) is created in the image of a tektite, glass formed when a meteorite crashes into the Earth. To achieve this look, a dry curry is used with a deep black color. The texture is achieved through the plentiful addition of beans. That alone ensures a pleasant taste, but there's also a mellow flavor of cheese mixed in with the rice for an even more delicious flavor. It's a very pleasant experience for all the senses.

The Meteorite Curry also comes with a soup and salad that adds a lot of color to this part of the meal.

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