Kamesei's young proprietress had been telling me about a restaurant she'd been wanting to take me to. Today was an off-day for our inn, so we hopped in the car and went for a drive to Karuizawa. Just before that resort town in the quiet town of Miyota, a bit off the main Asama Sun Line highway, and literally right next to a cabbage patch, is a cute white house, the setting for Cafe de Marok. The owner/chef is a young lady named Umekawa-san. She studied cooking in Europe, and apparently developed a liking for Morroccan cuisine and style. The interior decorations express North African while the background is classic Japanese architecture with some impressive exposed wood beams. I've never been to Africa, but my sister-in-law has some Tunisian roots and has introduced us to some of the cuisine. As far as I could tell, Umekawa-san has done a fine job of authentically preparing the dishes.
So if you have a hankering for some North African cuisine and ambience, make a trip to Miyota Town and Cafe de Marok.
Closed as of December, 2011. The owner got married and left.