With its dripping liquid walls and psychedelic colour scheme, The Kawaii Monster Cafe plays perfect homage to the flamboyant, the sweetest of sugary treats and the oh-so fun nature that is the Harajuku district and the signature world that is the creative mind of Sebastian Masuda. Don't expect a simple dine-out experience here! As the "Monster Girls" navigate you to your table, let's see what this Alice in Wonderland has to offer.
- Setting & Atmosphere
- Value for money
Setting and Atmosphere
Looking above, the setting feels like taking a visual trip of Harajuku’s crazy and excessive nature in fashion and style. But what if I also told you that it is also in fact the stomach of the restaurant’s mascot, “Mr. Ten thousand chopsticks” or simply “Choppy” for short?
Before entering the discotheque labyrinth that is this monster’s “belly,” you have a section of 4 rooms or “zones” to choose from: MUSHROOM DISCO, MILK STAND, Bar Experiment and Mel-Tea ROOM. Since I arrived pretty late that night, the MUSHROOM DISCO zone was only available. Bummer, but that was ok since it was right in the middle near the “SWEETS GO ROUND” carousel and where the DJ was playing.
The “MUSHROOM DISCO” zone
The “MILK STAND” zone
The “Mel-Tea ROOM” zone
The “Bar Experiment” zone
Each zone was well decorated in its theme and added to the interesting atmosphere of the space with plenty of photo opportunities to choose from, I mean, even the toilet was well decorated! Check out the sink alone:
Now, I must admit that when I looked at the menu my first thought was, “Is this gonna taste like actual food or some kind of mediocre mush?” because the food seriously looked like it came from a Play-Doh set than something you should eat and put in your mouth. But how wrong I was!
The first dish was the “Painter” version of their Colorful Rainbow Pasta dish and the dish does live up to its name! The rainbow spaghetti arrived on a painter palette shaped dish with the “paint” being an assortment of different sauces to cover your spaghetti in. What amazed me the most was that each sauce had its own unique flavour from basil pesto to a garlic kind, offering many variations in tastes to choose from. The garlic was bomb!
The final dish I ordered was called the “TOKYO fusion style MEAT MEAT MEAT,” and it was literally a meat bag – a variety of different meats of your choice tossed in a sauce and mixed in a big ass bag for your inner carnivore. We got the Cajun sauce for the meat but it also came with an assortment of side sauces to let you pick which one you wanted to try next. Life is too short to have one sauce – variety is the spice of life yo!
Although the main icon girls “BABY”, “DOLLY”, “CANDY”, “NASTY” and “CRAZY” weren’t there when I went, the usual staff were also very nice and always smiling.
Super cheery and English friendly, the staff or “Monster Girls” really do enjoy helping you out with taking photos etc. It can’t be easy to try and take orders over loud music but they were super prompt and efficient.
Pricing and Value for Money
Being a “themed” restaurant, you kinda have to treat this like going to an amusement park as every one does require some kind of entry fee. At KAWAII MONSTER CAFE it’s called a “Zone Charge” which is 500 yen per person. Though it might sound pretty steep as, when you think about it, you are literally paying to eat your food inside the place that, you know, cooks and serves the food itself (which you are gonna pay for anyway on top of the charge…).
However, you do get a small free gift after your meal as a souvenir which I think is a nice gesture.
It might not be a place you would go every weekend night (or maybe you would if you were balling), the food prices make up for a not-too pricey dinner experience.
YM Square Building 4F, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Mon – Sat: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Sun: 11:00AM – 8:00PM
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