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“Creme caramel at Takagi is "fine and dandy"!”

Takagi Coffee, Takatsuji Honten
Ranked #16 of 507 Restaurants in Shimogyo
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Shimogyo-ku
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Neighbourhood: Shimogyo-ku
Reviewed 16 January 2018

Takagi Coffee’s famous triangular "purin" (flan/creme caramel) is the epitome of dandy nonchalance of George Carlin. Much sturdier than the regular soft purin, Takagi’s is more like a flan, it stands on its on – an island of manly confidence – silently mocking the softies of the current generation in a pool of seriously rummy caramel sauce. Just in case there is not enough hard liquor already, a dash of Cointreau is added to the whipped cream. Just in case. To properly dig into this triangular purin, even the equipment must be exchanged from the ice cream spoon to a cake spoon with a sharper side to cut into the hard and elastic flan. Chewy and hardy, and yet unexpectedly smooth in the mouth, its defiance hides a noble heart.

Takagi is a non-smoking facility, prizing the loyalty of their clientele over the health hazard of the staff and other non-smoking clients. Yet, no one complains: the reason is simple, for those who must have clean air, there are the cafés. With today’s fast and free flow of information, before ever setting foot inside, we know all about the establishments – from the menu, the price and even the location of the toilet (Takagi’s located outside). Therefore, there is no need to endure someone else’ guilty pleasure, unless – unless, of course, one can derive some sort of compensation, a derivative sympathy in watching the smoke and the stain, as if the reality has been inverted and the self has been inserted into a scene of a silent cinema.

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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Walked here since it's close to my hotel. This Japanese style cafe serves drip coffee and tea. They have thick toast, French toast, sausages, scrambled eggs and pancakes. They even have a lunch menu.
I had the custom roast and ground coffee and the French Toast. This was excellent. As I arrived at about 8, only a couple of tables were occupied. The barista and another behind the counter are senior, worked methodically and seriously. A younger waiter served customers, that are all local initially. By the time I left, it was packed and a short queue formed with people from China and the US as well.
Recommended for a slow start morning, and excellent toast done thick and tasty.

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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Great little coffee/breakfast/lunch spot. Great sandwiches (katsu or BLT were my favourites). The French toast is outstanding!!! You must try the French toast!!

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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Come here for breakfast with my wife as the breakfast is served until 11.00 am.
I normally have the omlette with the little sausages & it also comes with a little potato salad.The coffee is also very nice.
The styling is a little bit retro but its a lovely atmosphere,the service is good also.

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Reviewed 5 May 2017

Old-school Japanese breakfast joint. Most regulars smoke cigarettes and sip on coffee as they read the morning paper inside this modest cafe whose interior still sports an older decor. It's very authentic.

I actually hesitated to give this 4 stars; still, it's an experience, the food is very good and the coffee is good too. I had eggs, toast and sausage, which came with a spoonful of potato salad, and everything was surprisingly tasty for how simple it was. If you like thick, fluffy Japanese bread with butter, you'll be served.

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