Going to Japan is such a wonderful experience. It is a beautiful country with a lot of diversity in food and culture. I have been to Tokyo and if you like anime and manga, Tokyo is the place to be. Do you know they have themed restaurants of some popular anime and manga series, like Capcom, Final Fantasy, Pokemon, Gundam Wing and Dragon Ball? I have been to the Dragon Ball cafe and dinner. Read more for my impression!
The Dragon Ball cafe and diner opened in Osaka from the 8th of December 2017 till the 31st of January 2018. And in Tokyo it opened from the 15th of January till the 28th of February this year. Both have a slightly different menu based on different ingredients. The Dragon cafe and dinner in Osaka was opened in Tokokuro, a Chinese fine dining restaurant located in Hilton Plaza West. They have a Chinese chef and pastry chef who made creative dishes, while the one in Tokyo had their dishes made by the gluten-free French restaurant called Natural Cream Kitchen Omotesando. I have been to the latter. The cafe and diner is located in Harajuku and it is near Kiddy Land, a store where you can find merchandise from a lot of famous Japanese characters, like Dragon ball, Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Gudetama and Rilakkuma.
When we came to the cafe and diner, there were still two people waiting before us. We had to wait for about half an hour before we could get in. Outside they already had the menu, so we checked what we wanted to order. Themed cafes are not cheap and this cafe was no different. The dishes looked fancy and they had a special Dragon Ball Burger, a mango orange and four starred chocolate mousse balls and an omurice curry dish which is shaped like a Dragon Ball. They all had a high price, but you don’t know if it is really very good, so we decided to order something small.
When we were there it was late in the evening and they didn’t have all the dishes anymore. We ordered one cappuccino and you could choose which Dragon Ball character you wanted to have on it. We chose Vegeta and the cappuccino was really nice! The flavour was good and not too bitter or lacking flavour. We also ordered a Majin Boo chocolate drink with coffee candy and cookie crumbles. I could choose between hot or iced chocolate milk and I chose for the hot one. This drink looks cute and I really didn’t want to eat the cute Majin Boo marshmallow on top of it. The chocolate milk wasn’t too sweet and the cookie crumbles were really nice.
After trying these two drinks, I was very curious how the other dishes would taste like and how the Dragon Ball cafe in Osaka would be like. Too bad this was only a pop-up store. If they opened a Dragon Ball restaurant again, I would love to try it again.
This is a place which Dragon Ball fans should visit. The place is also nicely decorated with Dragon Ball characters and you could buy a lot of different kind of merchandise from the series.
If you are interested in the restaurants where the themed cafe was, you can find more information about them below, just like the addresses of Kiddy Land. The Dragon Ball merchandise at Kiddy Land was also temporarily, but you can still find lots of nice merchandise there from other Japanese characters. It is certainly worth a visit. Have you ever visited a themed cafe before?
Dragon Ball cafe and diner
Natural Cream Kitchen OMOTESANDO
B1F, GYRE, 5-10-1, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Chinese Cuisine, Tokokuro, Hilton Plaza West
5/F, Hilton Plaza West, Nishi-Umeda, 2-2-2, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
List of pop-up shops in Kiddy Land
Kiddy Land Harajuku
6-1-9, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 11:00-21:00 (Mon-Fri) / 10:30-21:00 (weekends and public holidays)
Kiddy Land Osaka Umeda
Hankyu Sanbangai, 1-1-3, Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Opening hours: 10:00-21:00
Kiddy Land Kichijoji
6F, Hall A, coppice kichijoji, 1-11-5, Kichijojihon-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
Opening hours: 10:00-21:00