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Kyoto Nama Chocolat
Organic Tea House/
Heian Shrine: Tea
shop
¥075-751-2678
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Sherry Nakanishi was
on her way to ful-
filling a chore when
she changed direc-
tion and followed a
group of students
into an abandoned
old house. She knelt
down on the floor in
the Japanese manner
and asked that the
house be given to
her. This auspicious
meeting ultimately
led to the opening
of the Kyoto Nama
Chocolat Organic Tea
House.

A ten-minute walk
east of Heian Jingu
Shrine and twenty
minutes west of the
Path of Philosophy,
it is in one of
Kyoto's most histor-
ic districts. For-
tune seekers and
history buffs make
their way here all
year round to lose
themselves in Kyo-
to's eastern hills.
Black tea from Uji,
the renowned tea-
growing region south
of Kyoto, and Rooi-
bos from South Afri-
ca are served in an
array of pots and
cups from throughout
Japan. It's serious
pleasure at a lei-
surely pace.

The communal central
table connects those
seated at it to
gardens at the front
and back. There are
also a few more
private tables, and
all are graced with
a verdant scene
reminiscent of some-
place far more rural
and serene than
suburban Kyoto. A
double pleasure is
to have a cup of tea
and cake while Hiro-
fumi Nakanishi -
master chef and
creator of fresh
Kyoto Nama Chocolat
- packages your
order to take away.

The story started in
the Japanese Ambas-
sador's residence in
New York as Nakani-
shi sought to create
the ultimate finale
to the French haute-
cuisine dinners
served to countless
foreign dignitaries.
The fresh, light
chocolate is blended
with a liqueur made
by monks in Austria,
and it's presented
in a beautiful box
wrapped in handmade
Japanese paper.
Millet and blueberry
tart; matcha and
black bean cake; and
chocolate, okra, fig
and pecan pie are
some of his more
recent creations.
Order the cake set
with tea or coffee
from the bilingual
menu and spend an
afternoon indulging.
Drinks are 400 yen,
cakes are 450 yen,
and the cake set is
800 yen.

(All produce used is
chemical free. Non-
smoking.)
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Okazaki Tenno-cho
76-15. [one block
east of Okazaki-
michi, a two-minute
walk south of Maru-
tamachi; look for
the big sign on the
right hand side]
 Open noon-5pm.
Closed Mondays,
Tuesdays.
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