Ninja Cafe & Bar in Tokyo serves food shaped like throwing stars — and sometimes fare that’s truly deadly

But for one week in September 2019, the 20-seat Ninja Cafe & Bar in Tokyo served 1,000 bowls of piranha ramen. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES
But for one week in September 2019, the 20-seat Ninja Cafe & Bar in Tokyo served 1,000 bowls of piranha ramen. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES

Ninja Cafe & Bar in Tokyo serves food shaped like throwing stars — and sometimes fare that’s truly deadly

by Theron Godbold
Stars and Stripes

In the shadow of Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in Japan, is a small restaurant, Ninja Cafe & Bar.

On a typical day, the attraction at this 20-seat restaurant in Asakusa is the ninja-costumed wait staff. The ninja theme flows over you like a black wave, your connection to the present the soft hum of pop music like “Macarena” on the sound system.

Black-clad attendants show you to your seat. The food arrives in the shape of shuriken, also known as throwing stars. Ninja Curry and rice, Okonomiyaki, Ninja Chicken and Ninja sausage are all shaped as shuriken.

But for one week in September, the 20-seat Ninja Cafe served 1,000 bowls of piranha ramen. You read that correctly — ramen made with the flesh of the notorious, all-consuming, carnivorous South American freshwater fish. I was luckily among the relative few to feast on this rare dish.

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