Eat like an undead and indulge in a little light cosplay at this limited-time cafe celebrating the upcoming Tokyo Ghoul franchise.
Anime–themed cafes have been steadily rising in popularity over the last few years in Japan, but Tokyo Ghoul seemed like an unlikely candidate for a crossover with the restaurant business. Starting as a manga in 2011 before getting an anime adaptation, Tokyo Ghoul stands out from other stories of the undead living in our modern world with an unflinchingly detailed focus on the complexities its characters face in obtaining and acclimating to eating human flesh in order to survive.
Nonetheless, with a live-action Tokyo Ghoul movie coming to Japanese theaters this July, The Guest Cafe and Diner in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood will be turning into the Tokyo Ghoul Cafe later this month. In addition to displaying art from the series and costumes from the film in the interior, there’s a special lineup of food and drinks, starting with Kaneki’s One-Eyed Curry (1,280 yen [US$11.59]), styled after the series protagonist’s ghoulish visage.
▼ Customers who order the curry will also get to try on a recreation of his mask and take a commemorative photo.
Restaurants in Japan are often admired for the artistic presentation of their food. While you wouldn’t call it elegant, Hinami’s Hamburger Steak (1,680 yen) and finger-like sausages certainly has an splatteringly impactful effect.
Still hungry? Why not add dessert, in the form of Tsukiyama’s Eyeball cheese mousse (1,280 yen).
While they might not be as horrific to look at, a number of other items will reward dedicated fans’ knowledge of the series, such as the Can You Really Eat It…? Burger (1,480 yen), which comes wrapped in paper like the mysterious meat given to Kaneki by ghoul mentor Yoshimura…
…Amon’s Kakeage Udon (1,180 yen), which the investigator can be seen eating with gusto after work and whch comes with a quinque-lookalike sausage…
… the Bad-Tasting Sandwich (480 yen), which is probably a perfectly edible egg salad sandwich, but which gets its name because of the phenomenon in which human food tastes terrible to ghouls within the anime…
…and the Rc Cell Drink (880 yen), modeled after the blood-like substance the ghouls need in order to go on living.
Other items are more overt in their inspirations, sticking samples of their related artwork into the food.
▼ Suzuya’s Parfait (1,280 yen)
▼ Uta’s Snack Gelatin (1,180 yen), with cotton candy with syrup
▼ Touka Gelatin Drink (1,080 yen)
Diner who order items from the Tokyo Ghoul lineup will receive a placemat with character art, and there will also be an attached shop with merchandise related to the series.
The Tokyo Ghoul Cafe will be in operation from May 27 to June 28.
The Guest Café & Diner (Ikebukuro Parco main building 7th floor) / （池袋パルコ 本館7F）
Address: Tokyo-to, Toshima-ku, Minami Ikebukuro 1-28-2
Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (10 a.m.-7 p.m. on June 28)