Only a 15 minute drive from the CBD, Tori & Hiyoko is another great dog friendly cafe that is nestled in a residential suburb, located next to Kith 'n' Chow and Best Florist & Espresso Bar. In fact, the whole complex is owned by the same man, who actually recognised Eddy today from WeekendNotes!
Two sides to the sign - loving the mother hen and her three little chicks!
Tori & Hiyoko may be small in size, but somehow, it manages to seem spacious without one feeling like there aren't enough seating options. The walls of the interior of the cafe is my favourite colour pink, as is one of the outdoor tables - this is of course the one we ended up taking! We came on a rainy day, but we stayed completely dry while sitting outdoors, which is always a bonus.
Pink tables and chairs to go with the pink walls - pink is my favourite colour so of course I had to sit here.
Tori & Hiyoko has a fantastic atmosphere - just looking at the cafe, with its pink walls and sunflowers, makes me smile. Staff are super friendly and gave Eddy lots of pats and attention, service was quick, and food was both reasonable and yummy. I really couldn't ask for more - on this particular day, it seemed like all the cafes we wanted to was closed due to the heavy rain, but not Tori & Hiyoko, which is open everyday except Monday, rain or shine, from 11am - 8:30pm.
Although the menu for Tori & Hiyoko wasn't the most extensive I've seen, there was enough choice for all three of us (Eddy not included) to pick something to eat. In fact, I actually prefer it when there is less choice, because it makes placing an order a lot easier and faster!
No worries if you forget your reading glasses - Tori & Hiyoko is kind enough to write the items on their menu in large font on their wall.
One of the unique things about Tori & Hiyoko is that all their drinks can be ordered either hot and cold. Their drinks have really attractive names, such as 'Gorgeous Geisha', 'Green Rose', 'Pumping Pomegranate', 'Packs A Peach', and 'Citrus Punch'. We tried one each - there were no complaints from any of us.
'Gorgeous Geisha' (green tea with strawberries - juicy fruit blended with the herbaceous grassy aroma of Sencha), 'Green Rose' (a Sencha base with currants, mango, papaya and rose - a sweet and fruity elixir), and 'Lemongrass & Ginger' (cool lemongrass - brings a zesty zing which is followed by the warming spice of ginger).
Katsu Sando - crumbed chicken breast, crunchy coleslaw lettuce, onion, Japanese mayo, special sauce, and dijon mustard, served with a side of chips on the cutest wooden plate in the shape of a chicken.
All in all, Tori & Hiyoko was a great find - we did not come for this place specifically, but when we drove past and found that it was open despite the heavy rain on a Sunday afternoon, we had to stop here for a bite. Because it is nestled in the backstreets of a residential area, there is plenty of on-street parking available, so there is no need to worry about not finding a park. There is also a bus stop directly outside the cafe.
This bus stop is literally 5 steps from the entrance of Tori & Hiyoko.