Monday, July 26, 2010

Sheep's Bakery & Cafe

[Update: Sadly Sheep's has closed and there is a new bar/restaurant in it's place. I haven't gone to the new place yet.]

Sheep's is a new(ish) bakery/cafe that opened this past April in Towada. It's located near the Bunka Center, across from the Super Hotel and next to Cafe If.

I've never tested it out, but on the bakery side they offer an "order bakery". If the bread you want is sold out, you can ask the staff and they will have it ready for you (hot and fresh from the oven!) in about 15-25 minutes.

There's also a restaurant/cafe where you can have lunch, dinner, drinks or dessert. It's got a trendy but casual kind of atmosphere which makes it a great place to hang out with girlfriends (or to go to with a significant other). It's the type of restaurant you'd expect to find in Hachinohe, Aomori or another bigger city, rather than Towada. ^_^;;

One of their specialties/chef's recommendations is the "Canadian burger." Just out of curiosity, the first time we went into the cafe, my friend (who has been studying/living for in Canada for several years and was only back in Towada for a short visit) asked what exactly made the burger "Canadian." Apparently mushrooms and lettuce make a "Canadian" burger... =P

Anyway, you can get the "Canadian" burger as part of a "beer plate"--which comes with a beer, some nuts and salad--for just under a thousand yen. For non-drinkers like me (or people who just don't like beer), it's possible to substitute the beer for any other drink up to 500yen; I always go for the Shirley Temple because it brings back childhood memories of going out to Swiss Chalet... =P

The store's pastas are also quite good. I've tried the pepperoncino and genoa (I think).

For dessert, I recommend the "Sheep's Parfait" with berries. It's a delicious combination of bread, vanilla ice cream, (rasp?)berry sherbet and (frozen) berries.

Again, I've never tried it out, but if you make reservations at least 2 days in advance (for groups of 2+ people), you can get a 4 or 5-dish meal plus a drink (or all-you can drink) for 2500-3500yen so it might be a good place to keep in mind for birthday or other special celebrations. ^_^

Sheep's Bakery & Cafe
Open: Mon., Wed.-Sun.
Closed: Tue.
Lunch Time: 11:00-14:00
Cafe Time: 14:00-18:00
Bar time: 18:00-21:00 (last order 20:00) Mon.-Thu.
18:00-23:00 (last order 22:00) Fri.-Sun.
Address: Parco Bldg, 1st Flr, 15-24 Inaoicho
Towada City, Aomori 034-0011
(〒034-0011十和田市稲生町15-24 パルコビル1F)
Telephone: 0176-27-6698