I have a horrible confession to make — I don’t play any video games, I don’t watch anime, I don’t read manga. It’s not that I don’t like them or think they’re inferior to the traditional culture of Japan and I absolutely don’t take pride in not-liking them — it’s just, I don’t know, I was more into visual kei, fashion and history. It doesn’t mean that Akihabara bores me, no! It’s quite the opposite. Because I never got into that culture myself, it’s really interesting for me to see it. And I get to see it in the place of it’s origin, which makes it even better. In my last blog update I mentioned watching Ghibli Studio cartoons for the first time at the age of 19, which I regret hadn’t happened earlier. I quickly realized there was so much more to see, learn and discover and movies and cartoons were a good way to do that. After absolutely magical Ghibli creations, I decided to get a glimpse of the world of fantasy made in Japan. And that was when I watched Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. I’ll be honest here — I don’t remember much, but I do remember I liked it. Is it a good enough reason to check out the new Final Fantasy themed restaurant in Akihabara? Of course it is!
FINAL FANTASY EORZEA Cafe
PASELA RESORTS AKIBA Multi Entertainment 2F
1-1-10 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening times: 11:30-22:00
(actually, what served as in inspiration here was Final Fantasy XIV, not Final Fantasy VII)
map (you should check it carefully, even though it’s like 3 minutes from AKB station, I still managed to get lost)
I have to admit that I don’t have enough knowledge about Final Fantasy to try and pretend to be an expert here, so I will resort to some reliable sources I’ve found online.
→ Final Fantasy Wiki ←
“Square Enix and Pasela’s collaborated Eorzea Cafe is a Final Fantasy XIV themed cafe located in Tokyo’s Akihabara. Opened 31st July 2014, the cafe is modeled after the Carline Canopy, an in-game location, and is named after Eorzea, the region where Final Fantasy XIV takes place. The décor uses details from the game, such as weapons, armor, and moogles, as well as a giant map of the world. The cafe has computers where patrons can play the game. The food and drinks served at the cafe are Final Fantasy themed; the menu has 33 articles of food, and 28 articles of drink. Many of the drinks are named and presented after alchemy recipes familiar from the game.”
The restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of Pasela Resorts, just a stone’s throw away from Akihabara Station. When we finally arrived at the 2nd floor, ready to grab some of that Final Fantasy inspired noms, two nice ladies greeted us and asked if we had a reservation, which, apparently we did not have. One of the ladies asked when would be good for us, 4PM or 7PM, and then I realized that I should have probably checked their website before actually turning up at the place. What we should have known about but we had no idea at that time was….
Don’t repeat my mistake and be aware that there are actualy only 4 tours when clients can come in and enjoy the real-world Eorzea for a limited time of 2 hours.
We could take as many photos as we pleased and naturally I took the opportunity to snap a million shots, so here’s my photo guide for all of you who plan to visit Eorzea Cafe.
Weapons hanging on the walls, looking cool and stuff.
Some more weapons, magic creatures and probably a video of the game being played by someone.
Eat delicious food and play Final Fantasy aka geek paradise! I don’t play computer games myself, but I think this idea is pretty darn awesome.
THIS IS COOL.
Voted the best restaurant interior element I’ve seen to date. (Voted by me and only me.)
Magic potions being made….
Moogles! It was the first time to actually see these creatures, but look how adorable they are! Awwwwww ♥
Time to take a look at the…
Drinks like Garuda, Bahamut, Titan, Good King Moggle Mog, Leviathan, Odin… Sounds familar? Yes or no, you’ll have fun choosing from a rather rich menu.
Our magic potions ♥
Pizza named after Infrit — a powerful demon “with control over scorching flames hot enough to turn the whole world to ashes”? Or Camp Bentbranch vegetable quiche? Feeling like nibbling on something sweet? How about Moogle honey toast then?
<I may not know much about FFXIV but I did my research>
And my magnificent 岩神タイタンの大地の重み! It can be translated as Titan Yagami and the weight of the Earth…? Anyway, it was pretty decent! Not the best burger I’ve had in my life, but they bought me with that fancy Titan seaweed. Remember, if you want to impress me, get me some Titan seaweed.
If you feel you’re so hungry you could eat a horse, don’t order the steak. Japan is the country of miniature stuff, miniature dogs, furniture, apartments. And steaks.
Every time we placed an order, each of us got a coaster. Since we placed quite a few, we ended up with like 20 of them. I still don’t know what to do with them, but YAY freebies!
All in all! Going there was fun and I really liked the interior. I mean, look again at that stained glass thing. The weapons, the Moogle statues, and the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in a restaurant — actual gaming PCs! The food and drinks were okay, a bit pricy though, but I expected that, no surprises here. As a person, who knows nothing about FFXIV I enjoyed my experience at EORZEA Cafe. I can only imagine how exciting it has to be for the fans!
Final verdict: RECOMMEND!
Big thanks to this lovely couple, Kim and Micky, for being such lovely companions! Thank you guys for everything!
Thanks for reading and please let me know if you decide to check out Eorzea Cafe after reading my thoughts ♥
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