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Sabo Non-non is a cafe that was renovated from a more than 180-year-old rice wholesaler. This unique cafe also holds a bar and FM radio station. You can sample Nara Prefecture's traditional regional menu, such as Chagayu (green tea porridge), Narazuke (pickled vegetables) and Japanese confectioneries while enjoying a beautiful Japanese garden. Their signature dish is Chagayu Gozen (1,350 yen) that is a combination of chagayu and pickles making it very popular with young female customers.
- Nara Orient-kan, 43 Nishi Shinya-cho, Nara-shi, Nara
- Contact No.
- 15-min walk from Kintetsu Nara Station on Kintetsu Nara Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 10:00-16:45 (closed at 17:00, varies with season)Closed on Mondays (open if it's National holiday) and Dec. 31st through Jan. 1st.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Other Information
- Average price per person: 1,000-2,000 yen for lunchMenu: Chagayu Gozen (green tea porridge) 1,350 yen
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Savoring Nara's Traditional Dish in a Retro Japanese House
The restaurant was renovated from a retro Japanese-style shop/house that is over 180 years old. It also has a small Japanese courtyard. You can enjoy Nara's local food, chagayu, in a Japanese atmosphere in this old town. Chagayu was originally served at the famous Todaiji temple in Nara.
Piping Hot Porridge: Chagayu Gozen
Chagayu Gozen (1,350 yen) is a popular combination plate of chagayu (green tea glutinous rice porridge), a small plate of local vegetables, Narazuke (regional vegetable pickles) and dessert. You can choose a tea for the porridge from traditional hojicha (roasted green tea) or azukicha (red bean tea). The chagayu is heated on a table side hot pot to keep it piping hot!
House-Made Japanese Sweets for Dessert
Chaya Gozen comes with a house-made dessert called warabi mochi. The warabi mochi is made with glutinous rice flour and warabi flour which is made from a plant called warabi. This dessert has a pleasant jelly-like texture and a mild sweet taste from cane sugar.