For the past three weeks I’ve been out of town on an adventure around Japan! Recipes will be coming back starting next week. I’ve been jetlagged all week so coming up with a recipe was difficult. Instead of the usual, I’m bringing you my experience at the Eorzea Café, the FFXIV themed restaurant in Tokyo. I haven’t played FFXIV in over a year but I was really curious to check this restaurant out.
When we got into Tokyo we immediately hit up a Lawson, a major convenience store chain throughout Japan. We had to make reservations for the Eorzea Café through a ticket machine. All of it was in Japanese but my friend and my very basic knowledge of Japanese got us through the process with tickets in hand for the last part of our trip. After a bit of touring Japan we ended up back in Tokyo and roamed around Akihabara before our dinner. I did check out the “Tales of” Shop in the Kotobukiya Store. It was a fairly small section and there was a lot of Tales of Zesteria stuff there that I didn’t care as much about because I haven’t played it yet. I ended up buying some adorable cups with Tokunaga and Meiu from Tales of the Abyss on them.
The time approached and we headed to the location. As we walked up to the entrance we were greeted by a dashing cactuar. The staff greeted us and immediately a gentleman came up to us asking for our tickets. He then handed us menus to look while we waited. The menu was mostly in Japanese except for the title of the items. When we lined up to enter the café we were told we were allowed to get one “free” drink (the tickets for reservations cost 1000 yen). I decided my first drink would be one of the white mage’s drink since I primarily played one.
We were finally allowed in and I understood why the place required reservations. It was quite small, probably fit around 25 people. The place was awesomely decorated with many weapons from the game, some moogles and of course a lot of framed art. While we were sitting, a woman dressed as a retainer began speaking in Japanese explaining things. Another waiter came to our table and attempted to explain a few things. He mentioned that all the ordering was done on sheets and we were to put the quantity of items we wanted. He also explained that with each item ordered you get a coaster and from there I wasn’t too sure how the trading and collecting of the coasters worked.
We nodded and began to write down items we wanted to try. Our drinks came and I really enjoyed the white mage strawberry milk I got. We first got the fish and chips of mahi-mahi. It came with four pretty small pieces of fish, a few fries and three dipping sauces. It was tasty and I really enjoyed the sauces – one was a tartar sauce, another was ranch-like and the last one was a cheesy sauce. I ordered the Eggs Benediction to continue my white mage themed meal. Honestly I found this one the most disappointing parts of the meal. I think it might have been the large tomato that made the sandwich cold and unbalanced. I had high hopes because I LOVE eggs benedict, but this one just fell flat. My husband got the Steak of Ifrit with Sour Spicy Sauce which took a long time to come out but he seemed to enjoy it. Around the table my friends got the Big Hamburger of Titan, Pizza of Ifrit with Hot Sauce and a few other items. For dessert I ordered the Chocolate Parfait of Spriggan. It was probably my favorite item there. If there is one thing I learned while in Japan, their parfait game is RIDICULOUS and delicious! Finally, we did one more round of drink orders and I got the Bard themed one. It was a delicious but not as good as the White Mage drink.
It wasn’t anywhere near the best meal I had while in Japan and was pricier than I expected, but the experience was a lot of fun and unique. They did a great job of making you feel like you were in a tavern in the game. If you are a fan of Final Fantasy and find yourself in Tokyo, I would recommend checking this place out.
A light party in game and in Japan!
Although I got my tickets by visiting a Lawson in Japan, it was a bit difficult to understand how to use the machine and required a little bit of basic Japanese to navigate the purchasing system. I’d recommend avoiding that headache by purchasing tickets ahead of time through Voyagin. They contacted me after seeing my experience so I wanted to add an affiliate program link here. I’d definitely recommend taking a look at Voyagin so you can buy your tickets tickets ahead of time to avoid any confusion with the machines and to be able to plan when in your trip you’ll be visiting the cafe!