10-cm Thick! Five Eggs Used! Three Select Egg Sandwiches Overflowing with Eggs at Showa Retro Tea Rooms
"Showa retro" tea rooms that retain the nostalgic atmosphere of the Showa Period (1926-1989) are all the rage! These tea rooms have interiors that evoke times past and menus that reflect the owner's dedication. Tea rooms that remain popular over the years always have specialty menu items. Among the various standards, sandwiches are the archetypical tearoom food - with egg sandwiches being by far the most popular! So this time, we carefully selected the best egg sandwiches at retro tea rooms in the Kansai area.
Retaining the History and Flavors of Three Famous Tea Rooms in Kyoto
La Mandrague is a tea room on Oshikoji Dori near Nijo Castle in Kyoto. The owner is active in helping to maintain tea rooms in Kyoto and the rest of the Kansai area that do not have successors. La Mandrague serves the egg sandwich from the yoshoku restaurant, Corona; has furniture from the famous Kawaramachi tea room, Muse; and operates in the previous location of the tea room, Seven. Many Corona fans come to enjoy the egg sandwiches that remind them of the past.
【10-cm thick sandwiches passed down from the famous Corona】"Corona's Egg Sandwich" (680 JPY) that La Mandrague took over from Corona in June 2012, four months after Corona, which had been in business since 1945, closed its doors. The homemade demi glace sauce and mustard on the chewy bread is the key to its flavors. The springy puffiness of the omelet made with milk and kombu seaweed stock is out of this world. Available for takeout.
Chairs from Muse arranged in a space retaining vestiges of Seven. Evokes a sense of nostalgia.
The owner, Sanshiro Yamazaki, cooks the eggs then lets them rest sandwiched in the bread, taking approximately 10 minutes to prepare.
A Conveniently Located Cafe Frequented by Coffee Connoisseurs
YC Umeda Branch in Umeda, Osaka is a coffee shop managed by Yamamoto Coffee in Shin-Umeda Shokudogai. Designed to evoke the interior of a ship, the shop is decorated with antique coffee mills and cups giving it a classic atmosphere. It is open from morning to late at night, making it a convenient spot to relax with one of its large selection of coffees.
【Delightfully thick five-egg omelets】"Omelet Sandwich (drink set)" (900 JPY). The omelet made with five eggs is super fluffy! It is 700 JPY on its own. There is a choice of coffee or tea if you get it as a part of a drink set. Available for takeout.
Smoking is allowed throughout the shop. There are antique coffee mills and cups, so take a look.
According to Mr. Kawakami, a staff member, "we make our coffees carefully with a large drip that can make ten cups at once." There are 13 different types of coffees.
A Shop for Viennese Style Coffee and Sandwiches
Kagyuan in the business district of Kitahama in Osaka started as a coffee specialty shop. As the clientele shifted from mornings to lunchtime over the years, it gradually started to move its focus to sandwiches. Weekday lunches are so crowded you'll need to share a table, so if you want to enjoy your sandwich at leisure, stop in after 2 pm.
【24 types of specialty sandwiches! On some days, 200 sandwiches are sold】"Chicken Egg Sandwich Set" (850 JPY). The balance between the chicken and egg is perfect. It has a lot of filling, but fits nicely with the bread. If you become a regular at the restaurant, you'll get fresh cream added. Available for take out.
Full of old world charm with brick walls and soft lighting.
The owner, Motoaki Hashimoto, comments that "we use paper filters which are best to bring out the flavor of the beans."
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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