One of the most wonderful restaurants in Fussa is tucked away in a stucco-looking building not far from Yokota. An English menu is offered at this eclectically-decorated restaurant, where the owner-built furniture reminiscent of the novel The Hobbit. The menu is not extensive but is delicious. Puris, a round pastry with beef inside, is mouthwatering when Tabasco is added. Piri Piri, a hot stew set that comes with salad, bread, and fruit is absolutely divine, as is the beef curry, kima curry, and the African fried rice. Other selections include two types of spaghetti, mushroom and tofu salads, sausage, smoked liver, chili beans, and ethnic curry. Prices range from ¥700 for a salad to ¥1800 for Piri Piri, but most dishes are ¥900-¥1200. There are eight choices of coffee (e.g. American, French, cafe au lait and cocoa) and nine types of tea (e.g. Earl Grey, apple, cinnamon) for ¥450-¥550. Hours: Noon -10pm, and 3pm – 10pm on Sundays. Unfortunately, the restaurant is not always open during posted hours, so it’s best to have backup dining plans. Tel. 042-553-4711.
DIRECTIONS: Drive straight out the Fussa Gate. Cross one set of train tracks and go right at the “Y” intersection. Go straight through one stoplight and at the second light, turn right onto Yanagi Dori. Drive through six lights. Cafe Spice will be on the right, before the seventh stoplight. It is across from Bikkuri Donkey, just beyond Saizeriya. If you get to Fussarokucho Intersection, you’ve gone too far. There is only one parking spot in front and a narrow parking spot in the back.
Karen Ozment, 2010