One of our favourite restaurants in Tatebayashi is the Grove Cafe, a little place tucked away in a neighbourhood ten minutes from our apartment by bike. It’s a house, with a downstairs cafe and an upstairs residence, like many of the locally owned restaurants in town.
It’s probably one of the few places in Tatebayashi where you can get a decent pizza for a good price. If we order one large (which in Japan is about the size of an American medium) takeout pizza from Pizza-la, it can cost as much as 5,000 yen (about $50)! The Grove Cafe has a great lunch menu as well, and it rotates every once in a while, so there’s a good variety; and the coffee and teas are delicious!
I’m there at least once a month to have coffee with Japanese friends. It’s a lovey place to go to for a date or to just hang out for an hour. Once, I went there for lunch with teachers from one of my schools, and when we arrived, a group of teachers from another one of my schools was there, as well as a few of my students! That was a weird lunch.
This weekend Paul and I went with our friend Kyra, a fellow ALT who has just finished teaching two years at one of Tatebayashi’s middle schools. She’ll be leaving Japan soon and returning to Nashville, Tennessee, and we’re going to miss her!
I ended up getting beef stew, which was fun to try to order (“stew” is pronounced “shi-chew”)! It comes slathered in melted cheese in a bread bowl, so duh. And because it was a set, it came with awesome soup, salad, and dessert!
One thing I love about Japan – though they love their sweets, not many of their desserts are (what I now perceive to be cloying) American-sweet. Dessert at the Grove Cafe was a lovely slice of light cake with cream, jelly, and an interesting edamame paste, which was sweet and had a smooth, creamy texture.
I’m gonna have to figure out how to make that edamame paste for myself. It was amazing!
So, if you’re ever in Tatebayashi be sure to check out the Grove Cafe! They’re open for lunch all days of the week, except Sundays.
またこんど！ Until next time!