Winnie the Pooh Cafe Japan
On the 10th floor of the Odakyu Shopping Center in Shinjuku, there is a Café space that is hosting changing theme cafés. At the moment there is a Winnie the Pooh Collaboration Café with the name “Hunny’s Café in strange dreams.”
Unlike the most theme cafés where you can get mostly sweets and junky food, this café aims to provide healthy meals with a proper nutrition balance. On the menu you can only find one dessert, the rest is the main dishes and salads. I really like this approach as visiting a theme café usually means a cheat meal but the food in this restaurant can be part of a healthy diet and still looks adorable. Winnie Pooh is an interesting choice here as the little bear is not exactly known for his healthy diet.
I ordered the piglet salad and the Pooh Curry. The Piglet salad had a scoop of potato salad on the top and the bottom was carrots, tomato, and red cabbage salad. The vegetables tasted fresh and the dressing was good.
The curry came with a lot of vegetables and some fruit. According to the menu they use honey, but I didn’t really taste the honey flavour. Nevertheless, the curry was good too. It had a rather mild taste and was not spicy at all. I also liked the plate that looked like a tree trunk.
Form the nutrition point I think they are doing a good job. As someone that is working out and closely watching their protein intake more protein sources would have been nice though.
Not only the food but the interior is very cute as well. You can find little plushies all over the restaurant that you can also use for snapping some Instagram shots of your food. The price was what you would expect from a theme café. For the main dish, a dessert, and a drink I paid a little less than 4.000 Yen.
After you are done eating you can do some merchandise shopping in the area right next to the café. You can get special items there.
What I did not like was that they charge 700 Yen for a reservation. At the moment the café is quite popular, so you need a reservation to get in. It is quite common in Japan that theme cafés charge for reservations, but 700 Yen is the most I have seen so far. But you do get a limited luncheon mat for reserving. I would have preferred a free drink or something similar though.
The café is still open until the end of January. If you like cute food but also want to keep your diet healthy I can recommend it.