From Japan’s traditional cafes called kissaten, this unique recipe will fill you with delicious nostalgia.


Serves 2

  • 2 slices, thick-cut white bread
  • 0.4 oz, butter
  • 3 tablespoons, pizza sauce
  • ⅛ onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper
  • 4 black olives
  • 2 oz, shredded cheese

Mixture A

  • 2.5 oz, ground pork
  • ⅓ teaspoon, salt
  • ½ teaspoon, black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon, mixed herbs
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • ⅛ onion, chopped


Ready in 

  1. Mix together the ingredients for mixture A. For best taste, set aside for more than 30 minutes.
  2. Spread the mixture from step 1 thinly in the frying pan and cook. When one side is browned, flip over, break into half-inch pieces, and cook until done.
  3. Spread butter on one side of the bread, followed by pizza sauce.
  4. Place the meat mixture from step 2, onion slices, black olives, and shredded cheese in order. Toast on Cheese Toast mode for 4-6 minutes.

Photo: © Coffee Shop Ace

About Japanese kissaten

Kissaten literally means a “tea-drinking shop,” but typically refers to Japan’s traditional cafes. They were developed in the early 20th century as a quiet place to drink coffee and a gathering place for writers and intellectuals. While their numbers have been decreasing in recent years, kissaten are still looked upon very affectionately in Japanese culture as the living heritage of a golden age. For many, they are not just a place to enjoy delicious food and coffee, they also fill people with nostalgia and emotion.