Kirby Café brings delicious times, precious memories to Tokyo

There is a Kirby-themed restaurant opening in the Tokyo Skytree tower on Sept. 27. That’s right: at Kirby Café, all your favorite cute, cuddly Kirby characters, including King Dedede, Waddle Dee, Meta Knight and the pink puffball itself are hanging out. And, you can eat them.

Cute enough to consume.

As if the levels of adorable weren’t already hopping a star and sailing high into the sky, a teaser video called “A story till the Kirby Café starts again” has launched. In it, we can see what inspired Chef Kawasaki to get back into the kitchen.

The menu at Kirby Café looks like a mixture of traditional cafe treats, Japanese comfort food and Japanese interpretations of western comfort food. The “Kirby Burger and Seasonal Vegetable Meat Pasta Plate” features a pink bun with Kirby’s happy mug, just waiting to be consumed. “Kirby’s Suction Caprese” is a Kirby-centric take on a traditional Caprese salad of tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella. The “Waddle Dee’s Sweet Omurice” is possibly the cutest version of the popular Japanese meal of fried rice buried beneath a thin sheet of scrambled egg. The delicious creation tickled me so much that I was inspired to create my own. What do you think? Nailed it?

Nailed it.

Fanservice does not come cheap, however. That cute-as-a-button plate of omurice (not mine) will set diners back 1,680 yen ($15 USD). The Kirby burger plate, a dessert plate and a pasta plate (translated as “Feather Plate of Mood of Whispy Woods”) are the biggest ticket items at Kirby Café at 2,580 yen ($23 USD) each. If you’re a skinflint and don’t mind seeing Kirby cry giant crocodile tears, I guess you could just order the 880 yen ($8 USD) “Grace of Chef Kawasaki’s Forest and Marinated Seafood,” instead.

This isn’t the first time a Kirby Café has popped up in Japan. Three locations–in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya–were open for three months in 2016. According to the Kirby Café Wikipedia page, Nintendo’s decision to shut down the mini-chain might have been due to plans for the Super Nintendo World theme park, set to open at Universal Studios Japan in 2020. With that project still moving ahead, one can only assume Kirby and Mario have since had an amicable tête-à-tête over a couple 1,980 yen cups of “Art Collection Au Lait.”

You get to keep the mug.

Anyone kicking themselves for not living in Japan can stop kicking themselves because that’s not very nice. While the previous iteration only ran for three months, Kirby Café 2.0 is looking at a nearly-five month tour of duty, running until Feb. 17, 2019.

Are you already booking your tickets to Tokyo? Let us know in the comments.

John Dunphy
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He's written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, beer, cycling, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking at his staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.