Alice in Wonderland Café
Themed cafes in Tokyo are aplenty. On top of two quirky cafes that I visited previously, the Alice in Wonderland Café was another café that was on my to-visit list. There are numerous Alice in Wonderland themed cafes in Tokyo revealing the popularity of this concept.
This “Alice in an Old Castle” (古城の国のアリス) restaurant is located in Ikebukuro, a short 3-minute walk from the JR Ikebukuro station’s Seibu Exit. Finding the restaurant was a little difficult given how it was located in the basement of an inconspicuous office building. However, a standup sign placed along the pathway made it slightly easier to locate.
Beginning from the moment of waiting to enter the restaurant, to the moment of leaving, every part of the visit was an experience. Upon going down a flight of stairs (almost like going down the rabbit hole in Alice In Wonderland), a man dressed as the Mad Hatter greeted us. Being able to speak both Japanese and English, telling him how many of us there were was not an issue at all. We waited for a short 10 minutes or so before we were ushered in to the restaurant.
The interior was beautifully decorated, with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and a huge carriage-like seat placed in the middle of the restaurant for a lucky group to sit at. The entire restaurant had an ornate, luxurious feel to it, with curtains and a huge painting to boot. Details such as the coaster, the cutlery, as well as the table placemat were all in line with the Alice In Wonderland theme. Rabbit hairbands were also given for us to put on during the meal!
We decided to order a 5-course set meal. Prices at the restaurant are not very kind on the wallet, with a drink charging at around 750 yen and the set meal going at 3,500 yen per person. Do note that the prices stated for the set meals are for a person. There is a minimum order of one drink per person as well as a table charge of 500 yen.
That being said, the meals as well as drinks served were rather delicious and definitely beautifully plated. The milk tea we ordered came with the server (who was dressed in an Alice costume) telling us that we had to be careful when drinking, as we might grow tiny! Next on the menu was a Cheese and Bread starter followed by a Garden Salad.
For the main course meal, we had a Cheshire Cat Pasta as well as a Chicken Cutlet Platter. The portions were not very big, which was a good thing since we’ve had quite a few dishes by then.
Last on the menu was a Fruit Cake & Mousse Cake Platter which was delightful to look at. The mixture of sweet and sour was just nice, and an excellent way to end off the meal.
As a farewell gift, an Alice In Wonderland Strawberry Tea sachet was also given to us as souvenirs. All in all, it was definitely an enjoyable experience at the Alice In Wonderland café with excellent service offered, which explains the endless stream of customers coming in.
The restaurant is located at, 〒171-0022 東京都豊島区南池袋2-16-8 藤久ビル東3号館B1. More details can be found at its website.