Are you an Alice in Wonderland fan?
If so, you’ll get a kick out of this themed restaurant I visited in Tokyo, simply referred to as “Alice.” Japan has a collection of such restaurants with unique settings. Popular with both men and women, they feature tapas plates and drinks. Other bizarre versions include prison, ninja, and mental ward hospital themed restaurants. ( More to come on the ninja restaurant! )
I had a few hours to kill in Tokyo one afternoon, so I wandered in. Nobody does detail like the Japanese. From the moment I exited the elevator, Alice in Wonderland motifs were everywhere, and they were even incorporated into the food.
This is the hallway leading to the dining room. Some of the pages are doors that open and close as if some giant invisible hand is turning pages of a book.
The interior of the restaurant offers giant teacups to sit in, decks of cards as decor, mirrored walls, and even a lamp shade constructed from vintage hats.
The menu is housed inside this miniature diorama. It opens up like a box, and pages of the menu are pulled out of the sides and revealed underneath flaps. It took me forever to order because I just couldn’t figure out the menu. Despite my confusion, it was really cute!
I finally settled on a magic mirror salad, a sausage pie with a Cheshire cat grin, and a tuna and avocado sashimi plate.
Now that I see this picture, it looks like a lot of food for one person… I admit I got a little carried away. But if you’re ever been to Japan, you know Japanese restaurants pay such special attention to artistic presentation of food. It’s so fun to be surprised by what you get.
The door to the women’s restroom…
My server in the restaurant…
While Alice is certainly not a restaurant to frequent everyday (the price oh my!), it was a completely enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
This post is the first of a series I’m launching on this blog about unique eating experiences around the world. Stay tuned!
Do you like themed restaurants or do you find them too gimmicky?