Written by Hilary Keyes
Hungry For Something Different? 5 Unique Dining Places In Tokyo
Have you ever been to a Japanese concept restaurant or bar before? If not, then what are you waiting for? Here are some of the most popular, themed bars and restaurants in the greater Tokyo area, ideal for dates or groups of friends to hang out at.
Japan is as equally well-known for its refined, traditional culture as it is for its wild, innovative side. This of course also applies to Japan's many restaurants and bars, as all across the country you can find everything from your standard izakaya to some truly unique pubs, plus maid cafes and animal cafes too.
Here are my top five picks for fun, unique concept restaurants in the Tokyo area that are sure to be highlights of any trip to the city.
Stroll Through the Looking Glass at Alice in Magical Land
Just a one minute walk from Shinjuku Station will bring you to Alice in Magical Land, an Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant that is sure to have you feeling as though you've fallen down the rabbit hole right along with Alice.
With giant books, tables decorated with giant playing cards and plenty of space for parties of up to twenty or so people, this restaurant is ideal for everyone from single diners to birthday parties and more.
One item on their menu that comes highly recommended is the Cheshire Cat's tail pizza (950 yen plus tax). Not just a cute presentation, this pizza is also quite filling, which makes it ideal for either lunch or dinner. They also have plenty of other Wonderland themed dishes that are sure to make you smile. For more on this restaurant, check out Alice In Magical Land - A Restaurant From The World Of Fairy Tales!
Do Sci-Fi Lovers Dream of Kanda Flux?
This place comes highly recommended by both Japanese and international sci-fi and fantasy fans, so you'll find yourself in good company if you stop here! Please keep in mind though, that Kanda Flux opens at 17:00, so you may want to plan a trip here for after a day spent sightseeing and shopping in Akiba.
They have an extensive cocktail menu where all of the drinks are of course inspired by sci-fi movies and TV shows. Here is their Jedi cocktail (880 yen plus tax), which is a refreshing lemon and vodka-based drink, and there are plenty more, including new ones inspired by Wonder Woman, and the Avengers movies too.
For more on their hours and menu, see For All The Star Wars Fans Out There! The Sci-fi Bar Kanda Flux.
Watch Out for Mr. Ten Thousands Chopsticks! The Kawaii Monster Cafe
This colorful, revolutionary restaurant and bar opened in August 2015, and has quickly become popular with visitors to the Harajuku/Omotesando area. The Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku was produced by the artist Sebastian Masuda, the man behind many of pop singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's looks and videos, as well as the Harajuku fashion brand 6% DOKIDOKI.
Divided into four distinctive zones, the restaurants interior is as colorful and intense a place as you may expect from the alternative fashion paradise that is Harajuku. But the food here is just as eye-popping! The Colorful Rainbow Pasta (1300 yen plus tax), is exactly as its name indicates: rainbow pasta noodles served with five different sauces, all colored with natural dyes.
To see their other zones and menu options, check out New School Cute: Inside The Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku.