Do you find Chuck E. Cheese and the Rainforest Café boring? Does Hooters fail to charge up your fantasy life? Is great food and good service just not enough to satisfy your appetite for adventure at meal time? If so, it might be time to make reservations at a cosplay restaurant.
Originating in Japan and then filtering through other Asian countries, cosplay restaurants are pop culture experiments as much as they are eateries. While mostly popular in Asian countries, cosplay restaurants are currently making inroads in the US and Canada. The most classic iteration of the trend is a Meido, where manga inspiration meets French maid costumes to create uniforms for waitresses who play their roles to the hilt. Don’t believe me? Check out imade café. (The picture above was borrowed from their website.)
Servitude not your thing? Check out these other cosplay restaurant concepts.
Indian: cutoff short clad waitresses wearing dream catcher earrings and head dresses serve Taiwanese food. This chain has outlets in Taipei and California.
DS Music Restaurant: the owners of this hospital themed Taipei eatery seem unaware that hospital food isn’t appealing to most people.
Class 302: a school themed restaurant with desks for tables and kilt wearing waitresses who serve food in lunch boxes. The menu is, of course, written on a chalk board.
Jurassic: just as the name suggests, this dinosaur themed restaurant looks like Wilma Flintstone went crazy with her credit card at the Bedrock Ethan Allen and then, too tired to cook, dropped into Ho Lee Chow for take out.