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Wedy Jones Guide to: Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu/ Eevee (Let’s Go! ピカ・ブイカフェ) Café

Wedy here, but you knew that already!

Welcome to another one of my features from Wedy’s Travel Guide.

Today I’m taking you to the world of delicious Pokémon! Don’t worry, before you’re calling Professor Oak accusing me of making Rattata Ramen; I mean the limited edition café that’s opened to celebrate the release of Let's Go, Pikachu/Eevee on Nintendo Switch.

There are cafés situated in five cities across Japan, but the one I visited was the Tokyo Café in Ikebukuro.

When you finally get shown to your seat expect to be fully immersed into the world of Let's Go, Pikachu/ Eevee. The walls have Pokémon on them, there are huge LED screens showing clips from the game and the Pokémon soundtrack is on repeat. I bet you to come here and not be filled with joy. Go on, I bet you, its physically impossible to be upset when your surrounded by Pokémon & when the soundtrack is bubbling nostalgia into your veins.

 
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When you arrive at the café, expect to queue. I visited on a weekday lunchtime and had to queue for about 10-15 minutes, but expect a longer queue if you visit on a weekend/holiday. Whilst in the queue I was given a menu to entertain myself with, and it’s HUGE! This is a menu that you need to hold with two hands. They have an English Menu too which is very handy for foreigners.

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Look how cute the menu is? There’s so much to choose, do I want a Pikachu curry? Or how about a Dragonite Ramen? This is actually the Japanese menu, it’s too cute not to stare at and wonder which Pokémon tastes best. I was too full to order any food but I was tempted by the “Parfait of Slumbering Snorlax”.

 
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The spoon was even shaped like a Pokéflute, guaranteed to awaken even the most deep sleeping Snorlax. It’s a little disappointing that a lot of the Pokémon are actually just edible 2D images rather than actual edible 3D characters as you’d expect at this style of café. Plus for ¥1,290+tax (£9.20+tax) I’d expect Snorlax to be the best tasting Snorlax Professor Oak has ever studied.

So in the end which Pokémon did I choose? Well it had to be Pikachu didn’t it? I’m sorry Team Eevee fans but that electric yellow red cheeked mouse has a small Pika-shaped place in my heart.

 
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Isn’t he cute? Almost too cute to drink… Almost. This is the café’s version of an Iced Latte, and this is a first for me, a yellow Iced Latte. But what does it taste like? Coffee…? Banana…? Electricity…?

Turns out the yellow layer tastes like a super sweet parfait, with a very fruity taste, similar to Tutti Frutti. The coffee underneath? Incredibly bitter. If you’re not familiar with Japanese coffee it can be incredibly bitter. So if you like mild coffees (like me) just bear that in mind when ordering coffee in general, otherwise head straight for the sugar condiments.

To be honest however cute my little Pikachu was I was a little disappointed with the taste, I’m not sure how this was expected to be enjoyed but I ended up mixing the yellow parfait (I did apologise to Pikachu before I stirred him) with the coffee to make a rather strange coffee/ Tutti Frutti taste sensation. By the end I was accustomed to the taste and actually found it quite enjoyable. Plus his ears are edible, which were nice dipped into the coffee.

 
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My partner in crime didn’t fancy drinking Pikachu or Eevee so decided just to have a regular coffee with a delightful Pikachu edible image on top. The image you get is completely random but I like this one, looking all smart in his bow tie. I can report that that coffee was good, no Tutti Frutti flavours surprises there.

 
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Just as we were getting to leave the impossible happened… A wild parfait appeared! What an honor to find such a rare Pokémon! Only joking, they were probably the most ordered item in the café, and you can see why; they’re totally adorable!

These cafés are only running for a limited time so I’d recommend if you want to visit that you hurry up! There’s no need to make a reservation but as mentioned earlier be prepared to queue. If you don’t manage to get to these cafés then luckily Tokyo has a permanent Pokémon Café in Nihonbashi which is even more over the top than this one! Trust me! There’s a post coming soon! Just bear in mind if you do want to visit the permanent Pokémon Café then you have to make a reservation in advance, just click here.

So that’s all for now folks,

I’ve been Wedy Jones.

Keep it Real, Keep it Nippon.


Locations and Opening Times

Tokyo

Venue: 7F Ikebukuro PARCO
Map: http://bit.ly/2R4amhs
Date: 9 November 2018 to 7 January 2019
Hours: 10:00~22:00
*Food last order is 1 hour before closing

Sapporo

Venue: 4F Sapporo PARCO
Map: http://bit.ly/2NR9j24
Date: 27 October to 25 December 2018
Hours: 10:00~20:00 (Sun-Fri), 10:00~20:30 (Sat)
*Food last order is 1 hour before closing
*Closed at 18:00 on the last day

Fukuoka

Venue: 5F Fukuoka PARCO
Map: http://bit.ly/2OylmXj
Date: 2 November to 17 December 2018
Hours: 10:00~20:30 
*Food last order is 1 hour before closing

Osaka

Venue: 2F Shinsaibashi 161
Map: http://bit.ly/2yO6tWc
Date: 16 November 2018 to 29 January 2019 
Hours: 11:00~21:00
*Food last order is 1 hour before closing

Nagoya

Venue: 8F Nagoya PARCO
Map: http://bit.ly/2R51wzX
Date: 16 November 2018 to 14 January 2019
Hours: 10:00~21:30
*Food last order is 1 hour before closing
*Shop closes at 21:00


DISCLAIMER

All images are taken by me and edited by me, Wedy Jones. This review for Wedy’s Travel Guide was from the perspective of a fan and was not sponsored by anyone from Nintendo/Game Freak or Pokemon.

Information regarding opening times taken from: https://jw-webmagazine.com/pokemon-lets-go-pikachu-eevee-cafe-is-opening-in-japan-25e468ac5e1d


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