Cosplay restaurants 101

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.

15 Responses to Cosplay restaurants 101

  1. danamccauley says:

    If anyone is interested, here’s the link to the Class 302 menu board

  2. I used to wait on tables at Swiss Chalet when they made us wear those awful Swiss Miss outfits. I have hated theme restaurants ever since.

    Today, I assume an inverse relationship between the quality of the food and the intensity of the theme. If there are goats on the roof and waiters wearing lederhosen, five bucks says you’ll get salty sausages and starchy potatoes. My theory is they’ve put all their creative energy into looks. So far, I haven’t been proved wrong. But I’ve never been to Asia, so cosplay might be a different story.

  3. Cheryl says:

    This seems to be male fantasyland come to life. I’d be curious to learn what their demographics are… And hospital-themed restaurants? That’s one of the oddest concepts I’ve ever heard of in my life.

  4. danamccauley says:

    It does seem very male centric but from the photos I’ve seen of Marten and Class 302, the clientele seems really mixed.

    I totally agree with you Char that too much theme though usually means not enough food thought. We ate at a Rainforest Cafe a year ago and it was seriously awful.

  5. farida says:

    Interesting. I have never heard of cosplay restaurants. Live and learn:)

  6. danamccauley says:

    I only found out the name for them recently myself Farida, hence, the impetus for sharing. : )

  7. Kitt says:

    How very … odd. Thanks for the enlightenment (I think!).

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  9. cory says:

    there’s a big cosplay event in Roppongi Tokyo that looks really fun to be at
    http://japansugoi.com/wordpress/charapa-cosplay-otaku-event-in-roppongi-oct-25/

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