The GUEST Cafe and Diner got a makeover and was decked out from top to bottom in Pokémon goods! The cafe will be around for a limited time and offers a selection of Pokémon-themed dishes, drinks, and deserts as well as a small Shop to buy things until your heart is content!
The shop opens up everyday at 11AM, although I got there at 9AM to wait in line with everyone else on opening day. The line wasn’t as long as I expected but we still had to wait a little bit to get seated. Parco itself opens up at 10AM, so once the doors open, they guide you to some escalators and have you wait along the staircase near the Cafe itself. While waiting in line, we got a chance to browse the menu and were treated by an adorable Pikachu wearing a performance skirt and ribbons.
We passed the time with battling and trading with all of the other people in line. This was also amazing to watch, as people pulled out 3~4 Nintendo DS’s at a time. Looking at one of the signs, it turns out that they were giving away a Pikachu specifically for the event. It is a level 10 Pikachu that has the following moves:
- Play Nice
- Sweet Kiss
So if you go, make sure you don’t forget your DS! Once you got close to the entrance of the cafe itself, you were able to try one of two Gacha machines. At ￥400 a try, you could win one of five collectable keychain accessories. When your turn to be seated comes up, you are provided an opportunity to take a picture in a small display. Don’t worry about bringing a selfie stick, the staff is more than happy to assist you with pictures.
Once we were seated, I had to take a few moments to let my excitement subside. Pokémon plushies lined the perimeter of the cafe and there were Pokémon banners everywhere. I feel they did an amazing job decorating the cafe, compared to the Roppongi event a few months back. Since we placed our orders while waiting in line, we pretty much sat there and took pictures and video of the cafe along with every other patron. It took about 20 minutes or so to get our order once seated. I blame the delay on it being opening day, but I was a bit disappointed that the food was luke-warm when it got out to us. As you can see in the picture above, I ordered the Pikachu Omelet with the Magma Sauce. The taste itself was alright, but I felt guilty for eating Pikachu.
Speaking of time, you are allotted One Hour at the table to eat your food, admire the sights, and take pictures. It was more than enough time to get our vlogging and grub on. During this time Pikachu will walk around the cafe posing for pictures as well.
Once you are done eating, you can stop by the shop located at the entrance to nab some Pokémon cafe limited edition goods along with things you could easily find at the Pokémon Center. Nothing really stuck out from the limited edition goods except for the pair of drinking glasses and the tote bag though.
In the end, I had a good time with my friend and satisfied my geeky quota for the month. The store was great and had a fun vibe to it. The Pikachu coming out to greet the guests was the icing on the cake though. I got to buy a few new trinkets and hang out with other Pokémon fans. That aside, there are a few things to note:
- 1 Hour Seating time
- Current Wait time is 2~4 hours
- Average Food Price is ￥1500 ($12 US)
- You are free to take Pictures/Videos
- Parco Opens at 10AM, The Cafe opens at 11AM
- Ends the last day of February
Pokemon Cafe Info
Open Dates: Jan. 9th, 2015 (Friday) to end of February 2015
Hours: Open at 11:00 a.m., last order at 10:00 p.m., last drinks at 10:30 p.m.
Location: Shibuya Parco Building, Part 1, 7th Floor
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Udagawa-cho 15-1
For a quick Video Tour and experience on the Cafe, check me out on YouTube:
And now for the gallery! Thanks for reading!