Today, I'd like to talk about the Vampire Café in Ginza, Tokyo. MelJay and I looked up a list of themed restaurants in Japan and decided the Vampire Café sounded the most interesting. We also invited our friend Caroline along.
The first thing you should know about the Vampire Café is that it requires a reservation (in Japanese). The second thing you should know is that it's very hard to find. The first twenty minutes of our journey reminded us that Google Maps is essentially useless in Japan. The café is marked by a black and red sign hanging off the 7th floor of a building. The contrast between the building's lobby and the actual Vampire Café is hilarious. It's like going from a normal office building to the black pits of Hell in a single elevator ride. The moment you walk through the door, it's like entering an underground dungeon. Everything's dark and black and there are cobwebs all over everything. A man dressed like a cross between Dracula and Eddie Izzard stepped out to greet us. The guy had a look on his face that said, "yeah, that's right, I'm dressed like a vampire. What are your life accomplishments?"
Dracula-man led us deeper into the restaurant. The place is small, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in atmosphere:
Here's the menu, which is shaped like a coffin:
Despite the price, we did order some drinks. This one's made with banana liqueur:
This is the one Caroline and I got. It had passion fruit and mango:
Caroline and I ordered a delicious seafood pasta with a cute little ghost cracker in it. The pasta was covered in delicious ikura (salmon roe).
MelJay's dish was hilarious. At it's core, it's just chicken topped with mashed potatoes. However, the potatoes are made to look like the head of a bat, which is impaled by a tiny, fake sword. I love this kind of morbid humor.
Our waiter was a very young man with bleached hair and heavy make-up. The first few times he came to our table, he seemed very wary of foreigners. Even though we made it clear we spoke Japanese, our waiter kept using whatever useless English words he could think of. Eventually, he got a little braver and asked us, "where are you from?" Once we responded in English, however, all the courage seemed to go out of him.
Let's move on to dessert! Here's what I ordered. It contains two chocolate roll-cakes filled with cream and blueberries. The bat is made of whipped cream, with solid chocolate bat wings and a chocolate-covered marshmallow top-hat.
Caroline and MelJay got the same dessert: crème brûlée with a white chocolate skull:
It started off innocent enough, but then the vampire who brought us to our table came over and, without any warning, lit MelJay's plate on fire:
|Oh, the humanity!!!|
I think Dracula-man was dying to scare the foreigners. He looked very proud of himself!
Overall, we had a great time at the Vampire Café! It's a bit hard to find, requires a reservation, and includes a 500 yen ($5) table charge for no reason. Nonetheless, if you're into the "dark side" and looking for some unique entertainment in Japan, I would definitely recommend the Vampire Café!