I booked us a table at the Kawaii Monster Cafe in Tokyo for the last night of our holiday, because I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to end the absolute weirdness of the trip. Every day of our stay was sensory overload, and nothing made sense like it should, but somehow it was all wonderful and charming. That was all perfectly encapsulated in this themed cafe.
This was a mechanical, revolving birthday cake with Hello Kitty on it, and three women in crazy costumes singing some kind of monster song. It was mental!
All the decor was super fun, there were areas with different themes. I was drawn to the bright colours and cute motifs…
…though this room may have been cuteness overload!
Japan as a whole was, mercifully, more vegan-friendly than this cafe was, at least. I contacted them in advance to check the vegan options (when you buy a ticket, the small print requires each visitor to also purchase at least one drink and food item), and was told it was just the chips and a green salad. I’m no fool: I got the chips! Besides the ketchup and mustard, none of the other colourful dips sounded vegan, so I avoided them. The chips were well-seasoned, and there were waffle fries, which is always a bonus, but it’s a shame that there was nothing more exciting, considering how wild all of the other options were: rainbow spaghetti, exciting burgers, desserts shaped like fun characters. It was a boring meal, but not a boring experience – and happily, it wasn’t our last meal in Japan either as we managed to pick up a bowl of ramen at the branch of T’s Tantan in the airport the next morning!
And so, this is the end of my eating odyssey in Japan, and the end of VeganMoFo 2019. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading along, and feel motivated to visit Japan now – personally, I’d go back in a heartbeat if only I could afford it! Thanks to everyone for reading, liking, and commenting, it always makes my day!
Honestly, it’s a bit amusing that you can have the same experience in Japan that we have so often here–all you get to eat is fries and salad!–but that place looks like a fun trip anyway, somehow!
Usually I’d never go somewhere that only offered fries and salad, but this one sounded like too much fun to miss! I’m glad we went, despite the slim pickings.
I always wondered if there was any vegan options in those cute cafes! The lattes always look amazing, a shame they didn’t have soy milk.
Hopefully the tide is turning and more vegan options will start popping up as demand increases.
It’s a shame it wasn’t a more vegan friendly place but an awesome looking place to visit all the same!
Yes, definitely no regrets!