Cafe Cinnamon “Shokudo”

Located next to the Dobashi Onsen bathhouse, just around the corner from the Dobashi street car stop, you will find the romantic little diner “Cafe Cinnamon”.
This charming little place was designed based on the blue and white theme of their favorite movie, “Seagull Diner” Kamome Shokudoかもめ食堂 in the Japanese movie of the same name. The design of the place is so relaxing and welcoming, a great complement to the food.

Japanese coffee house culture includes two types of places: shokudo that serve more substantial meals and kissaten which are closer to coffee shops. Offering many fun and interesting dishes which are often a fusion of Western and Japanese food, these places are great fun to try out when traveling around Japan. Unfortunately most of these places are often hard to find and menus are in difficult Japanese.

Cinnamon Shokudo therefore offers a unique experience that is accesible to locals as well as non-Japanese speaking customers.

The lovely, international young couple owners met and fell in love in Saijo, Higashi-Hiroshima and decided to start their own shokudo in the city. The chef had worked over the years at different types of restaurants and his experience and cooking skill is apparent in every bite.

The baker and main server is a young American co-owner who hails from Maryland, USA. She has been working and studying in Japan for many years and is completely fluent in Japanese as you can see from her cute blog updates.

This place has a great balance of old kissaten (Japanese coffee shop) charm with satisfying food plates as well as some great American style salads, soups and desserts.

On the daily menu you can enjoy the generous portions of delicious shrimp ebi fried lunch plate, Japanese style curry and rice, hayashi rice, Tofu salad or omelet plate which are all very popular.  Western favorites like: fried chicken in gravy, spare-rib curry as well as vegetarian (bean & vegetable curries, omelets) dishes are plenty of reasons to keep you coming back again and again. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on the fantastically over-the-top honey toast ice-cream parfait which is their signature dish.

Cinnamon Shokudo is one of the only restaurants I’ve been to in the city to also serve tasty Japanese microbrew beer from Dogo-beer (Dogo is a famous onsen, hot-spring town in Ehime on Shikoku island). They have this tasty beer in either dark stout, amber or pale ale.

Cinnamon cafe also offers a variety of wonderful Japanese ciders from around the country (non-alcoholic, lightly flavored sparkling drinks). Coffees, teas, juices, cocktails, wine by the glass or bottle and a variety of shochu spirits are also available at reasonable prices.

  • Bilingual menu and staff
  • seating for 21 available
  • homemade party cakes available upon order
  • reservations accepted
  • no parking, but a few ¥100 parking lots nearby
  • non-smoking until 5pm
  • cash only
  • Family-friendly and a comfortable place to go on your own, as a couple or with a small group too

Address: 3-4 Dobashi-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Tel: (082)942-3424
Opening hours: 11:30am-3:30pm (closed 4-6) 18:00-22:30(LO)
Closed: Tuesdays
URL: http://ameblo.jp/cinnamon-shokudo/ [ja]


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jjwalsh

Been enjoying living, working in and writing about Hiroshima since '98- co-founder, editor, photographer and writer for GetHiroshima.com / GetHiroshima map + GetHiroshima magazine

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