Boxed lunch shop opens in Nishiishiki, Kagoshima – The first physical shop from United Marché
It has been three months since the bento (boxed lunch) shop “Cuu Café” opened in Nishiishiki, Kagoshima City. The shop opened on January 18. Taira Sayuri, the owner of Cuu Café, said: “I decided to open the shop because I wanted to bring a smile to people’s faces with food, as they are spending more and more time at home.” Ever since Taira can remember, she has been fascinated by how food can bring smiles to people’s faces, and this led her to go to culinary school. After gaining experience, she opened a bento stand at United Marché, or “Yuna-marché,” the gourmet food booth at the Kagoshima United FC stadium. Cuu Café is her first physical shop. The name of the shop “Cuu” means “to eat” in Japanese. Although the name includes the word “café,” it will operate as a boxed lunch shop for the time being due to the coronavirus crisis. “I want to open a café one day,” Taira added. The Karaage Bento (500 yen), Japanese fried chicken boxed lunch prepared by marinating chicken in lemon juice, has a “refreshing taste,” says Taira. Other line-ups include Bibimbap Bowl (600 yen) and Weekly Special Bento (650 yen), which features something different every week such as Pork Loin Cutlet and the Indonesian dish Nasi Goreng. “I feel so delighted when people tell me how delicious my lunches are. I want to keep offering a fun menu for everyone – something that customers will enjoy when they choose their bento,” she said with enthusiasm. Opening hours: 11:00 – 15:00. Closed on Wednesdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Bakeries and cafés from Kagoshima Prefecture to gather at Maruya Gardens – 19 new participants
The “Soraniwa Marché vol. 15 – Pan Picnic” will be held on May 4th and 5th at the rooftop garden “Solaniwa” of Maruya Gardens. The event will feature 30 vendors, mainly bakeries, from Kagoshima Prefecture. This third edition of “Pan Picnic” will the first one in two years, and 19 of the 30 participating shops will be attending the event for the first time this year. The line-up of the shops will change on the 4th and 5th. The shops participating on the 4th include “Kuroda no Pan,” a bakery specialized in bread made with Kirishima and Miyakonojo wheat; “SkyClear,” a company offering Hawaiian sandwiches such as Mala Salad; and “Boulangerie garde,” which offers seasonal buns and hard-type bread made with Kagoshima wheat. On the 5th, you will find “OFFJI,” a café offering fruit sandwiches and muffins; “temahima,” a bakery combined with a yoga studio selling hard-type bread and baked goods box sets; “Hitotsubu Café,” serving bagels and sandwiches; and “otonari,” a café with a shared kitchen offering cube-shaped treats made with mulberry tea and hojicha tea. In addition to bakeries, there will be cafés specialized in coffee such as “SUNNY DAYS COFFEE” and “OdeCafé,” as well as food stalls serving curry and other food items. Four workshops are planned at the venue, which include “Pancake Candle,” where you can try your hand at making pancake-shaped candles (Participation fee: 1,000 yen/Limited to 10 candles per day); “Jam Spoon and Jam Knife Making” (Participation fee: 800 yen each); and “Croissant Candle/Reclaimed Wood Tray/Butter Knife Making” (Participation fee: 2.300 yen/Advance reservation required). Shintoku Maki, the Public Relations Manager of the shopping complex, said: “In addition to popular bakeries that have stores in Kagoshima Prefecture, many others that don’t have a brick-and-mortar presence will participate in the event. There will also be workshops for children to enjoy, as well as curry and pizza shops. It will be a great way to enjoy family time during the Golden Week, just like having a picnic.” The event will be held from 10:00 to 16:00, with free admission.
Kagoshima’s first tapioca drink specialty shop, “Tea Way”, opens in Li-Ka, Kagoshima-Chuo Station
On April 23, the tapioca drink specialty shop “Tea Way” opened on the first floor of the commercial complex “Li-Ka 1920”. Although the complex is set to open in June, individual tenants have already started to open their doors ahead of its grand opening. Tea Way is managed by Shake Hands based in Fukuoka. The company, which started the tapioca drink business in 2008, has opened 16 shops in Kyushu, Chugoku, and Shikoku, and this is its first shop in Kagoshima Prefecture. All drinks are served with tapioca. The tapioca used at Tea Way is the shop’s original “large pearl tapioca with collagen,” manufactured without preservatives in a factory in Fukuoka. The drinks are made “shaken” using a shaker after receiving orders. The line-up includes Premium Milk Tea (490 yen), Superior Strawberry Milk (570 yen), Passion Fruit Milk Tea (460 yen), Nata de Coco Jasmine Tea (530 yen), and more. There are 14 base flavors to choose from, including milk tea, black tea, Uji green tea, chocolate, black sesame, mango, and passion fruit. Toppings such as tapioca (90 yen), whipped cream (90 yen), nata de coco (90 yen), and almond jelly (60 yen) are also available, and the tapioca that is originally included in the drink can be replaced with other toppings for free. Limited-time products will also be introduced, and “Melon Smoothie” (650 yen) and “Premium Milk Tea Mousse Smoothie” (660 yen) will go on sale in May. Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00. Each customer who purchases at the shop will receive one “Tea Way Original Cup Holder”. (The offer will end when all the cup holders have been claimed.)
“Tori no Miyama” outlet opened in Komatsubara, Kagoshima – Offering Chicken Sashimi and Yangnyeom Chicken
One month has passed since the opening of “Tori no Miyama – Komatsubara” in Komatsubara, Kagoshima City. The shop opened on March 12, and it is managed by Miyama Sangyo. Miyama Sangyo operates “Chicken Cuisine Miyama Honpo” in the Kagoshima-Chuo Station building, Tenmonkan, Kokubu, and Kirishima, along with takeout shops for side dishes and lunch boxes in Hayato and Kokubu. The company opened a new shop in Komatsubara after receiving many requests to open an outlet in Kagoshima City. Their offerings include Chicken Sashimi (278 yen/100g); Oidon no Karaage (228 yen/100g), Japanese fried chicken made with Kagoshima’s Fukuyama black vinegar; Yangnyeom Chicken (258 yen/100g); Kagoshima’s local specialty Goteyaki (350 yen/piece), grilled chicken thighs with special sauce; and Karaage Bento (380 yen), a bento box made with Japanese fried chicken. “The special sashimi sauce that we use for chicken sashimi was passed down from my grandmother. We also recommend using it for salads and tofu,” said the President of Miyama Sangyo, Sakawa Ryoichi. “We also accept large orders of lunch boxes for offices and junior sports clubs. We hope you will enjoy the refined taste that we have cultivated as a chicken specialty restaurant for 30 years.” Opening hours: 11:30 – 19:30