Restaurant and cafe Roba

Restaurant and Cafe Roba


 


Heartwarming moment with Japanese food


Text: A. Sasaki
Photo: Naoki Matsuda 


Taking a turn from the crowded Ujigawa River and about 10 minutes walk down the Ujibashi Shotengai, I came across a cute donkey signboard. It's been here for almost 7 years. Slowly and firmly like a donkey, they have served heartwarming food and service. Now they came to be popular both by travelers and local people.


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An old and relaxing house being used as it is. They have only fixed the kitchen.roba


There are counter and table seats near the entrance, and a Japanese style seating space at the back facing the yard. 


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Lunch (1,300 yen, including tax) is a set of appetizers, main dish, seasonal rice, Japanese pickles and soup. It's cooked in light seasonings to have the guest taste the flavor of original ingredients.  


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The owner has been working in the restaurant industry before but says that Japanese food is self learned. The ingredients are chosen directly at the market and vegetable shops in the nearby shopping street. The dishes are carefully prepared and cooked. 


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Drinks and dessert can be added to the lunch set. The organic coffee that will be grinded only after the order is medium roasted beans from Kaido Cafe at Joyo City. 


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If you are lucky, you can buy some local products and ingredients that are used at the restaurant. Homemade bread will be on the shelf every Saturday, which many people come here for. It is made with local sake lees and no dairy products like egg, butter and milk. 


Their food is not the only thing they are proud to serve. Check the unique selection of dishes, too. They are using pottery made by Shigaraki-yaki artists, some are even Roba original.


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The gentle presence of Roba will kindly lead you inside the restaurant. Enjoy a relaxing moment with the warm atmosphere and carefully prepared food.


Restaurant and Cafe Roba


ADDRESS: 83 Uji Ichiban, Uji (map)
TEL: +81(0)774-24-5966
HOURS: Lunch 11:30-14:00(L.O.), Cafe 14:00-17:30, Dinner 18:00-21:00(L.O.)
CLOSED: Tuesday, 2nd Monday (other Mondays are open only for lunch)
WEB: http://www.kyoto-roba.com


 

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