Food, friendly staff and fabulous view made this a lovely location to re-charge the batteries for more exploring. We arrived for a light lunch and were very impressed with this cafe that is just out of the onsen town of Kurokawa. One of our friends had the gazpacho and enjoyed it greatly. The rest of us (3) chose the quiche and salad. The freshness of the salad and the quality of the cheese used in the quiche made for a very tasty light lunch. Norah Jones music playing quietly in the background made for a very relaxed atmosphere after the bustle of the town so we stayed for the most delicious cakes and coffee. Admittedly we have never had a 'bad' cake in Japan but these were truly worth hiking up the steep, winding driveway for. (Take care if you have dodgy knees or balance, or take a quick town taxi up and walk the desserts off going down back to town.) The creme brulee was my husband's clear highlight and I couldn't decide between the brulee or the apple tart. Loved this place so much with it's gentle, polite and friendly staff that we came back the next day at opening time so we could have some more cake and excellent coffee here, stock up at their little wrapped gift table and then go on our way to our next destination. A classy cafe, not cheap but well worth it. Would love to come back in autumn when those views from the balcony would be even more stunning. Bonjour & konnichi-wa to all at Cafe Ciel, your little cafe made a big impression with these Aussies.
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