Ann Arbor Weather:
Saturday October 21, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Quick Bites: Cafe Japon

 

continued

Café Japon was impressive when it opened. It's even better now-from its authentic French baguettes (which owner-baker Miyoko Honma also supplies to Eve in Kerrytown) to its out-of-the-ordinary Japanese fare. The setting is humble, close, and comfortable, but food-wise, it's a special experience. When I ordered a cup of matcha tea to start my breakfast. Joe, the counterman, asked me to pick the bowl in which I would like it to be served. Using a long narrow bamboo scoop, he carefully measured the pea-green powdered tea into my chosen bowl, added purified hot (but not boiling) water, and whisked it to a light foaminess with a wooden chasen. To offset the tea's faint bitterness, it is accompanied by a daifuku, a rice-flour dumpling filled with sweetened red bean paste. The two, matcha and daifuku, are presented side by side, and the tea is drunk from the bowl. This is no cup of Lipton's.

It's almost enough to go in and get blissed out just from sipping matcha, reading the paper, and listening to the sultry jazz on the sound system. But we followed the tea with more familiar breakfast fare. Omelets are constructed with the same care shown in making the tea. I had mine filled with smoked salmon and Gruyere; alongside was a rough-hewn slice of pain de mie toast with butter so rich it almost tasted like cheese. Thin, light crepes are stuffed with sweet or savory filling such as the "crepe complete," composed around a fried egg, sliced ham, and Gruyere.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Be Nice!
From Massachusetts, Sara Hathaway keeps a lid on the Ann Arbor Townies ONLY Facebook page.
Eve Silberman
Restaurants with Catering Available
A clickable zoomable map
Body, Mind, & Spirit
Trace Bundy
The Acoustic Ninja
James M. Manheim
Smoked Out
Saline BBQ closed for good
Billie Ochberg
Beethoven for Refugees
"Ode to Joy" at Hill
Davi Napoleon
Rhyta Musik
Balkan traditionalist
Patrick Dunn
Nightspots: Guy Hollerin's
Restaurants with Diapering Facilities
A clickable zoomable map
Regent Hotel
Senior Living Communties 734-677-0071
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor