Translated by Satomi Ohba
Enjoy Ghibli-Inspired Meals At Baby King Kitchen
Koenji station is home to many alternative fashion stores and cafes, but did you know that you can also find the dishes from Studio Ghibli movies here?
Written by Misaki Tachibana
Koenji is the home of alternative fashion and the original home of punk rock in Japan. The Naka-dori shopping street is a lively spot located just on your left after exiting Koenji Station's North exit. In the evenings, this street is filled with the sounds of happy, mellow laughter.
Along this fun street is a cafe where both children and adults can enjoy themselves.
Baby King Kitchen is Open to Everyone
You’ll see this Baby King Kitchen sign after walking straight for about 3 minutes. It is on the second floor of a building, among other Japanese pubs.
There is a staircase that leads upstairs. To the left of the entrance, there is a string hanging for people with baby carriages or wheelchairs. When you pull down on it, a bell will ring and cafe staff will come to help you get seated.
Such cute decorations!
The cafe inside is longer than it is wide and has a small shop that sells sweets and cakes by the register.
What a colorful and cute assortment! I was surprised to hear that all of this is hand-made by cafe staff. They’re too cute to eat, but they might make good presents.
The inner tables are comfortable and have various types of sofas available. There is space for baby carriages, and even swings and picture books for kids to play with.
In this corner table, there was a bread-shaped cushion. The cafe itself looks as if it came out of a children’s story.
Each seat has a drawer, and inside there are picture books and drawing sets inside. I found ”Peek-a-Boo” and “Miki’s First Errand” inside mine, both masterpieces that I myself enjoyed in my childhood.
Meals from Ghibli Films
Picture from Baby King Kitchen Official HP
It’s not just the interior that’s great here. Baby King Kitchen's menu offers numerous dishes that faithfully reproduce Ghibli film meals. Imagine the excitement you'll feel when dishes like this appear before your eyes!
While the other Ghibli-inspired dishes can be ordered on the day, in order to give the chefs time to prepare this dish, please place your orders for “Grandma’s herring potpie” (1800 yen) from “KiKi’s Delivery Service” a day in advance.
This one is the “Bacon and Eggs fried by devil’s fire” (880 yen) from “Howl’s Moving Castle”. The menu names will make any Ghibli fan smile.
Stomach and Heart Filling Menus
There are other dishes on the menu other than Ghibli ones. For example, this is their salmon and broccoli pizza (940 yen), which is a very plentiful meal.
The “Princess Lunch” (1400 yen) is an arranged version of their regular kid’s lunch so that adults can enjoy it as well. Kid’s lunches like this were every child's favorite back when they were young, so ordering this set is a great way to relive your childhood.
Their desserts are cute as well. I recommend the “Montblion” (880 yen) for those who always have room for desserts. It's a lion-shaped montblanc!
The standard “New York Cheesecake” (630 yen) is also very good. Where should I start?
There are young ladies, grandmas and grandpas with their grandkids, old and young men and women alike visiting this cafe every day. Baby King Kitchen not only brings warm feelings but also great happiness to those that visit.
Baby King Kitchen
Address: Tokyo, Suginami, Koenji-kita 3-2-15 Chinrai bldg. 2F
Closed: Irregular holidays
Nearest Station: Koenji Station (高円寺駅), Chuo line
Access: 3 minute walk from north exit of Koenji station
Website: Baby King Kitchen (Japanese9