Showa-retro yet fresh bakery,
― Photo_KENTA BABA & ADO ISHINO, Original Text_HARUKA MUTA, Translation_MEGUMI SATO
Breads lined up in a counter facing the road.
Young, old, female and male, all sorts of customer comes to do a quick shopping at this bakery.
The owner Mr. Kimoto and staffs all have a cheerful expression making me expect that any food made by such a happy people must make me feel the same.
Mr. Kimoto, the owner.
was opened in 1947, at the ground floor of a machiya (Kyoto’s town house).
According to Mr. Kimoto, the recipe has remained the same for 68 years. I asked if there is any special method that has been carried down, but he answered ‘nothing’
‘I’m just trying to bake something good. I am careful not to put in additives’
He starts preparing the dough at 3 o’clock in the morning to keep the freshness. No special method may be needed as long as there is such a hard working spirit.
There is around 60 different bread in a small shop. The popular series is the sandwiches made with a long bun.
Many different long bun sandwiches
The most popular is ham roll, a simple sandwich with cabbage and ham. It has been loved by the customers ever since they started selling it 40 years ago.
We had them for lunch after finishing the interview.
First I was surprised by the freshness of cabbages. Then the tastiness of the ham, gentle sweetness of the bun. It will make me happy to start a new day if I were to have this as a breakfast.
The volume of croquette sandwich should make a hungry person happy. The fried croquette and fresh cabbage is a great match.
I had an pan with coffee. I can feel the volume of sweet beans paste just by holding it. Gentle sweetness is more like a sandwich than a sweet pastry.
The retro bakery also comes up with new menu every now and then.
‘When I see customers not being able to make up their mind, I feel that there is nothing they want. So I try to think of a new menu’
Staff with BEACON KYOTO’s printed ZINE
Staffs giving ‘Marukiiiiiii’ smile to the camera
Kyoto is a battleground for stylish bakeries that calls themselves boulangerie but holds both the retro warmth and freshness. I’m sure you can find the Japanese style breads there.
Address: 740 Matsubara Dori Horikawa Nishiiru Kitamonzen cho, Shimogyo-ku (map)
Hours：6:30-20:00 / Sundays & public holidays 7:00-14:00
Closed: None (irregular holidays may occur)