In the run up to the highly anticipated release of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Japan has opened limited period cafés around the country (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, and Fukuoka), themed entirely on the games. We went and had a look shortly after the Tokyo café opened its doors.
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The theming goes as far as Pikachu and Eevee footprints on the floor throughout the mall, and fully decorated elevators!
The café opens at 10 a.m., but you will need to get there early on a weekend day, otherwise the queue will be a couple of hours long already. We arrived at 9.40 a.m., and got seated at 11.10 a.m.
Was it worth the wait?
If you are a fan of Pokémon, or are excited to play the new games, then it is definitely worth a visit. You can get Pikachu or Eevee versions of most of the food, with the Pikachu or Eevee head doria being the most prominent dish (tomato sauce, cheese sauce, and rice.) I recommend the Pikachu or Eevee iced latte as well, especially if you want something sweet but don’t have room for dessert. The thick cream on top is styled like the new haircuts that the characters have in the games.
You also get a free placemat to take home, with the café logo and the map of the Kanto region of Pokémon.
The desserts are more themed to the game in general, with a Team Rocket dessert, a Ghastly (?!) plate of sweetness, and a sleeping Snorlax parfait. If you order the Snorlax, the staff will bring you a spoon with a paper flute attached and ask you to “play” the flute to wake Snorlax up while they play the music. Then you get to smash through the white chocolate top to get to the Poké-parfait below.
The Team Rocket dessert comes with a free R sticker, and some other dishes come with other stickers too.
You get an hour to enjoy the café once your first food dish has been served (though this might not apply on less busy days.) However once you finish your hour, there’s still the pop-up shop to check out, and the art to admire. You can get limited merchandise, as well as two types of gacha-pon. The area around the café has lots of posters, and you can take a picture with the life size Onix as well.
Have you visited the café? Which one did you go to? Let us know in the comments below!
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— Maisy🎲Japanalogue (@Maisykuv) November 10, 2018