A number of new artworks are being brought to Teshima for the Setouchi Triennale 2016. At the same time, the Karato and Kou areas, which used to offer only a few places for visitors to eat at, are also seeing new cafés and restaurants opening. These new eateries serve a variety of produce from Teshima, an island where there are not many restaurants or cafés and all of them close early. As such, it is possible that you will not find a place to eat dinner unless you plan ahead during your visit to Teshima. It is also worth noting that many restaurants and cafés are closed on the days that Teshima Museum is closed.
This restaurant was created when the Setouchi Triennale first started, with the purpose of providing opportunities to visitors to taste the rich produce of self-sufficient Teshima, which include rice, vegetables, fish, fruits and olives. The restaurant is an old renovated folk house, itself a work of art designed by architect Ryo Abe. The menu is supervised by the chef of Marunouchi Hotel in Tokyo and local women prepare the food. Time seems to move slowly here, with wooden verandas surrounding the kitchen and tables and cushions that are typical of the homes in this region. Shima Kitchen offers patrons both good food and time to relax. The menu includes: Shima Kitchen Set (¥1500) and Keema Curry Set (¥1200), as well as desserts made using wasanbon sugar (specialty from Kagawa Prefecture), fruits and soy sauce made in the Setouchi region.
[Address] 1061,Teshimakarato, Tonosho-cho Shozu-gun, Kagawa, 761-4662, Japan
[Hours] 10:30~16:00 (Food Lo 14:00/Drink Lo 15:30)
[Closed] Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (closed on Tuesdays only during Setouchi Triennale seasons)
[Access] 3 minutes’ walk from either the Kiyomizu-mae or Karato bus stops http://www.teshimanomado.com/index.html
2. RESTAURANT ON THE SEA
A restaurant in a neat, stark white building resembling a warehouse that is situated on the beach, facing the sea. Enjoy views of the ocean even from a table inside the building; a table on the terrace will give you the feeling of being on board a ship, where waves swell and break nearby. The restaurant serves dishes with fresh fish straight from the ocean and garden-fresh vegetables. You can enjoy seafood dishes like “Deli of the sea” and “Bowl of fish and rice” at lunch time, and a perfect sunset dinner in the evening (must be reserved in advance). During the Setouchi Triennale 2016 spring season, the only available menu is the special lunch (3000 yen), which is limited to 30 servings.
3. TESHIMA NO MADO
Next to Teshima Yokoo House is a café, Teshima no Mado, a former work site for seaweed processing. The hut, built with tin sheets, has been refurbished and decorated with well-used furniture, tools and artworks inside. You can enjoy a lunch of homemade bread and side dishes with soup (850 yen), as well as other homemade meals. Workshops, talk shows and slide shows are also presented, all related to Teshima and a walking tour of the island. You can enjoy freshly baked breads and locally roasted coffee in a refreshing breeze in summer, or next to the cozy warmth of a fire in the wood stove in the winter. Breads can also be bought to take away.
A café managed by a strawberry farm. The most popular menu item is the crepe with freshly picked strawberries (390 yen). Other menu items include strawberry parfait and frozen yogurt, which also contain plenty of strawberries. Strawberry shaved ice served with homemade strawberry sauce is an excellent choice during summer.
Next door to Shima Kitchen (see above), this is another renovated traditional house turned into a restaurant that delivers the goodness of Japanese traditions. After removing your shoes (as you will at any Japanese home), you are ushered into a spacious tatami room, similar to = a living room. There is the choice of sitting on the floor or on a chair. The restaurant cooks and serves whatever food from the island is available on the day. The menu includes kirameki lunch (¥1000) and the dessert of the day. Dinner is reservation only (¥2000yen). The restaurant is often open on the days when the museum is closed.
[Address] 1053 Karato, Teshima, Tonosho-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa
[Hours] Lunch 11:30～16:00 (LO 15:30)
Dinner 18:00～20:00 (L.O. 19:30) ＊Reservation only
During Setouchi Triennale seasons
Lunch 11:30～12:45 (Priority given to reservations) 13:00～16:00 (LO 15:30)
Dinner 18:00～20:00 (L.O. 19:30) ＊Reservation only
[Closed] Thursday and other occasional vacations
6．CAFÉ & SHOP AT TESHIMA MUSEUM
The Teshima Museum café and shop comes across like a miniature museum. Designed by architect Ryue Nishizawa, natural light fills the building and the interior and makes visitors feel connected with the environment, in the same way that the rest of the museum does. The menu includes Olive Rice (¥1030yen) made from rice grown at the terraced rice fields around the museum and moromi, which made of olives, strawberry soda made of fresh strawberries produced on the island (¥510) and Teshima rice donuts, made from rice produced in Teshima.
[Address] 607 Karato, Teshima, Tonosho-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa
[Hours] 10:00〜17:00（LO 16:30)/(from March 1 to September 30）
10:00〜16:00（LO 15:30)/(from October 1 to end of February）
[Closed] Tuesdays (March 1 to November 30)
Tuesdays to Thursdays (December 1 to the last day of February)
*Open on national holidays but closed the next day
*Open on Tuesdays when Monday falls on a national holiday but closed the next day