Hello everyone! I apologize for the hiatus, but I am happy to say that I am back and will be bringing you lots of posts from the Land of the Rising Sun! A few weeks ago I had the chance to check out the Alice restaurant in Shinjuku. There is a whole chain of these restaurants in Tokyo and Osaka and they each represent a different part of the Alice in Wonderland story. The one that I got to visit was called “The Magical Land of Alice” or “Alice and the Magical Land” however you would like to translate it.
The restaurant was a short walk from Shinjuku Station and was in the basement of a shopping building. I got a little confused and had to ask a security guard where it was as Google Maps showed me a picture of the workers entrance. My friends and I arrived a bit before our reservation time at 17:00 and found that the restaurant was not yet open for dinner time. We walked around a bit and came back to see that a few other groups had gathered around the door.
There was a display of the ever famous fake Japanese food. Just looking at this display made me very excited about stepping into the restaurant. The naan bread pizzas are supposed to look like Cheshire Cat tails! How awesome is that?
And the desserts! They all looked so cool! A lot of the Cheshire Cat theme seemed to be going on here. I love the little paw prints and extra designs on the dishes.
The door mat in front of the restaurant. Exciting.
Finally inside the restaurant, I was happy to find that the restaurant wasn’t filling up with guests and I got the chance to take a few photos of the interior. There were mirrors everywhere!
I am in love with the heart shaped banquet table and chandelier (?)
Our table. The flower cushion is adorable! We also got to pick out our own Alice bow headband or bunny ears from a basket. We had to give them back when we left the restaurant, but it was fun to wear them during dinner and take selfies ;D
The menu was shaped like a book!
The menu was in both Japanese and English so do not fear!
We were also shown the card fan of cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
There was a special Easter menu as well.
The coaster for our drinks.
My non-alcoholic carrot, orange, and pineapple cocktail. I forget the name…My friend had the Queen and jack cocktail. They both looked really cool! I was worried that mine would be too carrot-y so I asked our waitress (who we were asked to call Alice or “Arisu” ;D) and she very graciously told me that they would make it with less carrot. It was still pretty carrot-y anyway, but still delicious!
Our “Eat Me” was a very garlic-y gazpacho.
A cream cheese and salmon dip with rusk.
My carbonara that had a very Alice-y themed name :P
We also had a Cheshire Cat berry parfait, but we were too busy ohh-ing and ahh-ing over the cuteness and then very quickly consumed it so I have no photos, but I can tell you that it was very good. It was my first time going to an Alice restaurant and I was very worried that the food would be “character cafe quality” if you know what I mean, but I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the food was absolutely delicious. My friend and her husband had cream stew and a beef stew and they both looked very good as well.
At the end our waitress brought us our “Drink Me” which was a very cutely packaged tea bag that we could take home with us. I thought that was very cute idea and still have my tea sitting on my desk. I want to try the tea, but the packaging is so cute it seems a waste to open it up and ruin it.
I didn’t mention this at the beginning, but there was a 500 yen fee per person and each guest is required to order one drink and one food. There was also a 120 minute time limit. I’ve found though that such requirements are fairly common in Tokyo. The menu prices were not outrageously expensive and I feel that the Eat Me soup and Drink Me teabag made up for the 500 yen fee. 2 hours is plenty of time to order and enjoy your meal as well so I have no complaints there. A few weeks later I got the chance to check out the Alice restaurant in Shibuya and had an equally pleasant experience there so if you have a lunch or dinner to spare in Tokyo, I would definitely suggest checking out an Alice restaurant.
I will leave the link here so that you can find the perfect location and check out all the cute food and drinks they offer. The site has both English and Japanese and you can even make reservations online! http://www.alice-restaurant.com/