Unusual Tokyo Eatery: Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant
At one point or another, we’ve all probably read or seen Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll’s weird and quirky story, which Disney has adapted into both an animated musical and a live-action film, has captured the imaginations of many children around the world. But who would’ve ever thought that one day, they would be able to have dinner with Alice and her friends—at least outside of Disneyland?
Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant, as the name suggests, is a small chain of Alice in Wonderland-themed eateries with five locations around Tokyo—along with one in Osaka and another in Nagoya—each with its own Alice-inspired twist.
The restaurants are decorated with extravagant chandeliers, bright colors, giant playing cards, hearts, and a variety of artwork from the film. Waitresses dressed as Alice, as well as waiters in tuxedos, will guide the visitor through a strange world, which in Ginza includes a giant teacup and large book-shaped doors.
With prices ranging from ¥2,500 to ¥4,500, the restaurant won’t leave a huge dent in one’s wallet, and it’s well worth the money for those who love the story.
The menus, which come replete with pop-up pictures, contain all kinds of interesting food. Every meal, such as the spaghetti ragù resembling the grinny Cheshire, has some bit of the theme to it. Many of their cocktails and drinks are also based on characters from the story, such as the “The Queen of Hearts,” “The Cards Soldier,” and “The Cheshire Cat.”
The part of the story to jump into is up to the guest. In Tokyo, the options available are “Alice in a Labyrinth” in Ginza, “Alice in a Fantasy Book” in Shinjuku Kabukicho, “Alice in a Magical Land” in Shinjuku, “Alice in a Dancing Land” in Shibuya, and “Alice in an Old Castle” in Ikebukuro.
Due to the popularity of each restaurant, the chances of getting a table are improved with a reservation, which can be made online.
“Alice in a Labyrinth.”
Address: 5F Sun Building, 8-8-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku.
Nearest station: Ginza.
For other locations, visit www.alice-restaurant.com
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