NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE

On 押小路通Oshikoji Street in between 衣棚通Koromonotana Street and 室町通Muromachi Street is NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE, a bakery that sells American-style baked goods. Although I had seen it in a magazine at kátte at the beginning of October this year, I came upon it after lunch at 喫茶 la madrague マドラグ on my way to work about two weeks ago. The exterior really looks like an American general store; it’s hard to believe that it used to be a machiya!

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The interior also fits the image of an American general store.

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The owner learned baking in the States, mainly Hawaii, so of course all his wares, from cookies to muffins, looked authentic…if only I had the stomach for them all! Since it appeared that his scones are the most popular, I got two of the ブルーベリー・クリームチーズ・スコーンblueberry & cream-cheese scone,¥230

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With fresh blueberries, cream cheese and a moist texture, the scones were absolutely delicious and bursting with flavor. I need no convincing to go back, hopefully soon! ☺

Update: A little less than a month later, I had a very satisfying lunch at huku cafe and swung by NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE to get more American-style goodies. The owner remembered me and this time we chatted in English about American baked goods while he rang me up; his English was very good since he had lived in the States, namely Hawaii, for a long time.

I ended up just getting コーンブレッドcornbread, ¥200, and キャロットとマカダミアナッツのマフィンcarrot & macadamia-nuts muffin, ¥200. Actually I got two cornbread so I could give one to my co-worker who has never had cornbread before.

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The muffin lived up to my expectation; NAKAMURA sure knows how to make moist and flavorful muffins! Although softer than the harder, more grainy texture that I like for cornbread, the taste of NAKAMURA’s cornbread was authentic except that every once in a while I’d experience a faint taste of banana(?); maybe it was my imagination? Besides homemade cornbread by my American friends, this is the first time that I’ve had cornbread in Japan and found a shop or eatery that sells it…glad that I’ve finally found a place to satisfy my cornbread craving here.☺

Update: The next day, since we were in the area (some studying time for Mason/coffee time for me at Sentido, I took Mason to NAKAMURA’s GENERAL STORE, right before it closed at 6:00 pm…I introduced Mason to Jun-san and we all chatted a bit while we looked around and made our purchases.

Most of the goods were gone but I managed to find something to take home:

キャラメルアップルマフィンcaramel apple muffin, ¥200, and バターミルクビスケットbuttermilk biscuit, ¥150

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My opinion on NAKAMURA’s muffins are still the same (see above) and although the biscuit was on the dry side and had more the texture of a scone, the taste was quite like that of the buttermilk biscuits that I’m used to having in the States…still a satisfied customer, will be going back to try more!

Update: Almost a month after the last time that I went, I went to NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE after lunch at huku cafe..there were brownies this time, so I bought two so that I could share with my co-worker.

バナナとくるみブラウニーbanana to kurumi buraunii (banana & walnut brownie), ¥250

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It wasn’t as chewy as I’d hoped it to be but it was still somewhat chewy, and moist and chocolatey; this is the closest to a real brownie that I’ve gotten in any shop in Kyoto. For banana-lovers, you can definitely taste the chunks of banana inside.

Jun-san says he usually uses pecans but had run out that day…I’ll have to try the pecan version sometime!☺

Update: Almost ten months after my last visit, I dropped by NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE after lunch at huku cafe before heading into work. The オレオ・マフィンOreo muffin, ¥220, and ラズベリー・クリームチーズ・スコーンraspberry & cream-cheese scone, ¥250, caught my eye but I didn’t notice the 紅玉アップルパイKohgyoku (Jonathan) apple pie, ¥450, by the register until I went up to pay; after hearing what Jun-san had to say about it, I just had to buy it.

the tray where the money transaction takes place (very Japanese)…an indication of the reasonable prices?☺

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my goodies

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The Oreo muffin reminded me of a muffin AND a cupcake, not too sweet at all (just the way I like sweets). The raspberry & cream-cheese was as delectable as the blueberry version; I regretted getting only one. The Jonathan-apple filling was less sweet and more tart than the normal sweet filling of apple pie but it was still delicious. I may be going back sooner than I have lately.☺

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Address: 京都市中京区押小路通室町西入ル蛸薬師町Kyoto-shi. Nakagyo-ku. Oshikoji-dori. Muromachi Nishi-hairu Takoyakushi-cho 293-1

Telephone number: 090-3652-0454

Access: 地下鉄 烏丸御池駅より徒歩5分minutes by foot from subway Subway Karasuma Line or Tozai Line Karasuma Oike Station…国際マンガミュージアムの北にある通りを、西へ入ってすぐenter west from the street north of the International Manga Museum

Business hours: 11:00am-6:00pm

Shop holiday: Wednesday

Website: http://nakagene.com/index.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nakagene?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fnakagene.com%2Faccess.html&profile_id=2708169956&query=null&related=null&tw_i=547965060379721728&tw_p=embeddedtimeline&tw_w=509570710621007873

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