Café offering freshly cut cured ham and wine opens in Kagoshima – Takeout platters available

PUBLISHED May 27, 2021

The display cabinet at SALUMI Café, with blocks of cured ham

SALUMI Café, offering freshly cut cured ham and wine, opened in Shimoarata, Kagoshima City, on April 15.

The café has a lineup of 13 types of Italian cured ham, including Parma and San Daniele. The owner, Kage Takashi, explained that the name of the café, SALUMI, is Italian for “processed meat products,” such as cured ham, salami, and sausage. He used to run a restaurant bar, but he chose his current business model as “it is a style that can be run by one person.”

The 40-square-meter café has seven counter seats. In the display cabinet next to the counter are blocks of Culatello di Zibello, the king of cured ham; Guanciale, cured pork cheek; and Finocchiona Salami, made with fennel seeds. Single potions of cured ham start at 400 yen.

Its wine selection is mainly from Italy and Spain, and wines by the glass start at 400 yen. “We have so many bottled wines that we can’t even list them all on the menu, so just ask,” says Kage. Two types of craft beer are always available, and the brands change every three to four days. The beer brands include Michinoku Red Ale, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, and Setouchi Weizen, and prices start at 600 yen. Customers can also enjoy fish and chips, cheese platters, and sandwiches for snacks.

Cured ham and snacks are also available for takeout, and for those who want to drink at home, assortments of five types (800 yen) and eight types (1,200 yen) are offered. He said: “It takes some time to prepare the assortment as I slice the ham after receiving the order, so it is easier if you call and make a reservation. Pancetta, for example, can be used in cooking in place of bacon, so some customers buy it in blocks.”

“Since it is located in a residential area, I want to make it a place where local people can casually drop by. Whether you want to enjoy a drink during the day or at home, SALUMI has something for everyone,” he added.

Opening hours: 2:00 p.m. – midnight (Business hours may change at the request of the national and prefectural governments.) Closed on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.

  • Culatello di Zibello from SALUMI Café

  • Inside SALUMI Café