Ever since crossing the world from England to Japan, my lifetime love of Japanese games and animation have been supremely well catered for in Japan’s capital Tokyo. And in no place has this fact been more evident than at the otaku mecha of Akiba. Read on for my hands on experience in the latest theme café to grace the city, the Final Fantasy Eorzea Café.
Upon exiting the throng of fellow otaku flooding from Akiba’s main train terminal exit, its not the world famous AKB48 or Gundam cafes that have got my nerd influenced taste buds tingling but a recent addition to Tokyo’s thriving theme café scene. The Final Fantasy Eorzea Café opened a little over a month ago and is a collaboration between Sqaure Enix and Pasela Resorts which operates leisure facilities all over Tokyo. The Café is designed to replica the Carline Canopy from Final Fantasy IX ARR’s Gridania, which just so happened to be both my home and starting city on the mammoth MMORPG that has significantly turned Square Enix financial forecasts. Upon entering the café I was greeted with the familiar theme music that had become the cheerful sonata to hours of my life spent mingling with my fellow adventures under the lush green canopies of Gridania. My fair lady and I took our seats at the bar and stared in wonder at the quality of presentation and effort that had been dedicated to this life like recreation. This was no tacky theme restaurant, this was a classy bar serving some of the best cocktails and food I had experienced in Tokyo up to this point. All for a far from extortionate price, no selling off all of my wind crystals at the market boards to afford this dinner!
The menu’s attention to detail was perfect with some stunning artwork depicting some of Final Fantasy ARR’s most famous inhabitants. We were pretty hungry after a long days toil at Persona 4 Arena and failing to win any grab machine anime collectibles so we decided it was best to order from the mouth watering Primals menu. After much deliberation I decided on the Titans burger complete with bacon, pineapple and a sauce I will describe purely as ‘rad’ over the equally appetizing Bahamut curry. For the second main dish we decided on the interesting looking Ifrit’s pizza, with a base charred black by the fiery primal himself. For drinks it could only be a HP potion and a MP potion, both mixed in superb recreations of the item’s I had quaffed on a regular basis will exploring Eorzea’s beautiful world and topped off with healthy doses of alcohol!
To cap off what was a memorable evening, we were given a limited edition drinks coaster for every item we had bought, each depicting a different primal or central character from Final Fantasy’s world. We took 4 home with us but I noticed there are many more to collect so it will certainly not be our last trip to what was both a culinary and pop cultural masterpiece. If my experiences in Japan have taught me anything so far, its that the attention to detail and love that they give to their creative endeavors never ceases to amaze and delight.
The Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe opens at 11:30 A.M. and closes at 10 P.M., and it doesn’t accept reservations.