I was recommended to visit Cafe Tachi while I was on Ogijima by David Billa over at Setouchi Explorer. He is a regular there and his family loves it there. Being a fan of Ogijima, I had to visit some of the more recommended places and I was happy to visit Cafe Tachi.
Cafe Tachi is not very easy to find but it isn’t hard either. I found that the easiest way is to head right along the harbour from the ferry terminal and up the path on the left of the cemetery. Once you get to the end of the path, you will see signs for Cafe Tachi. Turn left and keep going along the small street and you will see it on your left. It is a very small opening and it is basically an old house that was converted into a restaurant.
When you enter Cafe Tachi, you just take off your shoes and head in to any of the tables on the tatami. There is a small table with short seats but most people are just sitting on the tatami. When I visited, there were a bunch of residents just enjoying the afternoon break with lunch and possibly a beer. Cigarettes were definitely in order. I took a seat a little away from the regulars as I didn’t want to disturb them and there really wasn’t anywhere else to sit.
I didn’t really know what to order so I just got the Shima Lunch. It seems like the standard name for any set lunch on the local islands is “Shima Lunch”. Cafe Tachi’s “Shima Lunch” was a deep fried squid ring, a chicken tender, a piece of karage, a small salad, miso soup, and some pickles. There really isn’t much to the lunch and it was a very honest meal. The flavours were not out of this world but it was good home cooking. Imagine going into a small town diner and you’ll get the idea of the quality of the food; good food but not going to win Michelin stars.
The atmosphere inside Cafe Tachi was really nice and you have to love the old places that convert living rooms into restaurants. Aside from the huge spider that was enjoying a walk along a window, I was pretty relaxed. I didn’t strike up a conversation with anyone but they all seemed relaxed and happy in the shop. I was just happy to have a good meal on an empty stomach. I have to admit that I was still a bit hungry after the meal but that was probably more to do with the fact that I was starving before I went.
Cafe Tachi is a great place and I would probably return again if I lived in the area. I do want to try all of the other restaurants but you can’t beat the home feel of Cafe Tachi. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend people to visit this wonderful little cafe but don’t expect wonderful views or the best meal you have ever had. Go for the experience and go for the friendly atmosphere and go for the good home style food.