Go Blithely is a popular cafe in the Tamano area; it is technically a dog cafe in that the owner has her own dog (a huge Burmese mountain dog named “Heidi”) there, and allows customers to bring their dogs into the cafe as well.
Located on the coast in the Gokan area, the cafe offers a nice view from the garden. The garden is small but tastefully laid out, with the path going around the cafe so that customers and their dogs can walk around.
The lunch menu consisted of 3 choices; my friend chose the grilled salmon lunch, and I chose the fried chicken plate. Before the main plate arrived, we were served an appetizer plate, consisting of (left to right) simmered pumpkin, Japanese pickled cucumber, and fried lotus root.
The appetizers were just one bite each.
We were also served a soup just before the main plate. The soup was a clear broth with cabbage and mizuna in it. A pretty basic soup that any housewife can make in her sleep.
The main dish consisted of fried chicken served with Thai sweet chili sauce, a noodle (somen?) salad with mayonnaise and black pepper, a cabbage and carrot salad, a lettuce/cucumber/tomato salad, and a side of rice. Everything on the main plate was actually very tasty.
The dessert that came with the lunch was a strange concoction of yogurt with Japanese mochi in it, along with some really annoying chucks of ice; there was also some mango mousse-like stuff in the cup. This was topped by fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and (wait for it!) a fried shrimp chip.
Hmmm. It wasn’t awful, but it WAS hard to eat–all these different and strange things shoved down into a narrow little cup. My friend is allergic to mango, and since we didn’t get a choice of desserts, I got to eat her dessert as well. Lucky me.
+ What I liked about this cafe: The service was nice; I like the fact that customers can bring their dogs; I like the owner’s dog (great personality!), the food was presented well and tasted good; the salads were really fresh; the location is great; the garden is cute and well-maintained.
– What I didn’t like about this cafe: Strange combinations–is the menu Western or Japanese? The appetizers were Japanese, but the main dishes were Western. The interior is a bit cluttered looking (the owner sells small interior items as well, but they are poorly displayed and out of season.)
Lunch was 1,000 Yen and included the appetizers, main plate, soup, rice, dessert, and a drink (coffee, tea, or juice). I found this to be a reasonable price for the meal.
Address: 〒706-0315 Tamano-shi Gokan1-141 (玉野市後閑1－141）
Hours: Lunch 11:00~14:00 / Teatime 14:00~ Closed on Mondays
(Date visited: June 4, 2013) ➡ If I’d known I’d be starting a cafe review blog when I visited, I would have taken photos of the garden and the main seating area. Perhaps next time….