The Canadian Coffee House
Toyama-ken Uozu-shi Sanga 2075-1
Unlike the TARDIS, The Canadian Coffee House is definitely not bigger on the inside. The tiny exterior gives you a very realistic idea of what to expect when you walk through the door. There are only three tables in the cafe, though there is a bar that runs the entire (and considerable) length of the restaurant. We settled down at the table farthest from the door. We were greeted by who I can only assume are the owners themselves--a lovely old Japanese couple who'd probably owned the place for years. Next time I go in--and there will definitely be a next time--I'd like to learn a little bit more about the building and the cafe.
I'm not a coffee drinker, but I'd be more than satisfied by the Canadian Coffee House selection if I were. They had a broad selection of coffees from around the world (Sumatra, Guatemala, Hawaii, Mexico, and Brazil, to name a few) and they grind the beans to order. If you're looking for something other than coffee, they have a ton of juices and a variety of Twinings tea, as well as cream soda (!!) and milkshakes. They have a breakfast service for 500 yen and a lunch set for 700 yen if you're interested in food, and since we popped in around 12:30, we ordered the lunch set.
The lunch set is a great deal, in my opinion. Here's what you get for your 700 yen:
-coffee or tea
-a ham sandwich
-an egg salad sandwich
I know, I know--it's silly to order tea at a coffee place. I can't help it. I love tea. Tea is something that (almost) never fails to send me to a happy, meditative place full of frolicking kittens and fields of vegetarian food. If it's on the menu, I'll usually order it, and I'll never stop being disappointed by how well Japanese restaurants screw it up. A pot of tea! A pot of tea! My kingdom for a decent pot of tea...
I am clearly living in the wrong country.
Anyway, the cheese toast was your average cheese toast, but the egg salad sandwich was really lovely. I can't speak to the ham sandwich, as I foisted mine off on my unlucky dining companion. The salad was tasty, though I'm not entirely sure why cabbage salad is quite so popular here. The dressing was nice and flavorful and the salad came with a slice of banana and a bunny apple on the side. By the time we were done eating, we were pleasantly full. The sun was shining like crazy yesterday, streaming in the window right to our table, so we felt a bit like lazy cats who'd just gorged ourselves on kibble and were settling in for a nice long nap.
For most of our lunch, we had the whole place to ourselves. When we were almost finished eating, a group of older ladies came in to have some afternoon coffee. You could tell that they were regulars. Most of the small cafes in rural Japan are catered towards the elderly rather than the hip young folks, although I could see this coffee shop fitting in perfectly anywhere in Denver. The owners of this establishment were easily in their late sixties if not older.
Verdict? Fabulous. No actual Canadians.
Stomach-friendly lunch set that won't break the bank
Tons of coffee options (and tasty tea!)
Friendly owners (No English as far as I'm aware)
If you feel like taking a trip out toward Uozu, give The Canadian Coffee House a try!