If you like antiques, great food, and arts & crafts, Tereya Cafe is the place for you. Located on the main road in Ushimado, Okayama, this cafe is exactly the kind of place I’d choose to open if I ever get my own cafe.
Tereya Cafe is operated by American-born Teresa Stockwell, and her Japanese husband. The building is actually an antique Japanese house; the house has not been renoved, so it has a very homey, warm feel to it.
The menu features curry and baked desserts.
Note, the curry is really great handmade curry (not Japanese curry, but more authentic Thai-style curry). Being a freak (yes, that’s right) for anything coconut, I opted for the Coconut Curry despite Teresa’s having warned me that it is quite spicy.
The portions were large; the curry was served accompanied with a fragrant, saffron rice. And yes, it was spicy. As the day was really chilly, spicy curry really hit the spot. My colleagues order the vegetable curry, which was probably considerably less spicy.
The curry was also served with a side salad.
I confess, this looks like “just a salad”. But, the vegetables were super-fresh; the tomato was excellently sweet despite it currently being winter; and the potato salad was perfect. The whole thing was drizzled in olive oil with a sprinkling of sea salt–so very Ushimado.
After our meal, we couldn’t resist dessert–after all, it was Teresa’s baked goods that greeted us when we first arrived:
It’s hard to see from my poorly-taken photograph, but an array of handmade cakes and pies are lined up on the kitchen counter. The only problem was deciding what to get, because frankly, everything looked equally delicious.
In the end, I got the Apple Cinnamon cake:
My friend Judith got the Apple Pie with a dollop of whipped cream on the side:
You just can’t go wrong with good ol’ apple pie.
Our colleague Kaz got the Ushimado Honey Cake:
Even though the honey cake looks the plainest, it was my favorite (yes, we traded bites!). It had an earthly, whole-grain goodness that the honey accented nicely.
Teresa and her husband also display and sell an array of arts & crafts in their cafe, including handmade greeting cards and postcards, accessories, hand-blown glass, and pottery. Additionally, they also host live music performances. For more information / updates on events, check out the Tereya Cafe blog and /or Facebook page (links below).
If you’re driving through Ushimado and need a great meal or just a place to relax, look for the Tereya Cafe signboard.
Next time I visit, I’ll be sure to a) bring more money to buy crafts; and b) plan to spend more time there!
+ What I liked about this cafe: Great food and desserts; large portions; eclectic mix of arts, crafts, antique / vintage Japanese and Western furniture make for a great atmosphere.
– What I didn’t like about this cafe: Nothing, absolutely nothing. My only regrets are that we didn’t have more time to enjoy coffee and conversation with the proprietors and that I didn’t bring more money to buy craft items.
Blog link: http://tere-ya.at.webry.info/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tereyacafe
Address: 〒701-4302 岡山県瀬戸内市牛窓町牛窓4178 / Okayama-ken, Setouchi-shi, Ushimado-cho, Ushimado 4178
Hours: 11:30~18:00 (Sat. & Sun. until 20:00); Closed on Tuesdays
E-mail address: email@example.com
Date visited: February 13, 2014