Brace yourself … for the overwhelming cuteness of this uniquely themed dining experience.
There’s no need to fear this monster! Kawaii Monster (or “Cute Monster” for the non-Japanese-speaking folk) is possibly the cutest theme restaurant you’ll come across—and the story behind its cuteness is even bigger than a cuddly monster. Kawaii Monster is located in Tokyo’s infamous (infamous for its cuteness!) Harajuku district. Known for its bright lights and fabulously extravagant fashions, Harajuku is a must-see for all travellers—and Kawaii Monster fits right in. The restaurant’s extreme colours and designs, funky atmosphere, and amazingly styled staff incorporate many of the elements that make Harajuku so famous. So, if you decide to spend a day exploring Harajuku and find yourself feeling a bit peckish, step off the street and into the phantasmal Kawaii Monster!
Like many of Tokyo’s most fantastic theme restaurants, Kawaii Monster is run by Diamond Dining, the same people behind the stunning Alice in Wonderland dining experiences. The difference with Kawaii Monster is that it was developed in collaboration with famed Japanese designer Sebastian Masuda. With that in mind, prepare yourself for what you will find when walking in the door of Kawaii Monster….
The restaurant consists of a number of different sections, each with its own specific décor. Soon after stepping inside, you’ll be led through to the “Sweets Go Round,” a giant cake-themed carousel. Keep going and you’ll find yourself in the “Mushroom Disco,” a wacky room where patrons are seated under an assortment of ‘poison’ mushrooms and out-of-this-world plants. Try out the “Milk Stand” and enjoy your meal under the colourful heads of an assortment of animals (who happen to be drinking from bottles of milk). Move on to the “Bar Experiment” space and find yourself surrounded by large, luminescent jellyfish in a cool, dimly lit space. Finally, take a seat in the “Mel-Tea Room” and cosy up against a giant, colourful macaroon. Keep in mind, there is a 500-yen cover charge to get into these super-cute areas.
“A restaurant where you can truly taste the rainbow”
If the atmosphere isn’t amusing enough, just wait until you open the menu! Start your experience with a fun drink. Choosing which one you’ll have first is half the fun. With names like the “Non-Druggy Cocktail” or “Fruity Heavenly,” you’ll have a great time taste-testing. Moving on to the food menu, expect to see typical fare including salads and sandwiches. Esthetically pleasing sushi is also an option, but if you want to take an adventure into cute, try the dazzlingly coloured pasta. You don’t come across rainbow-coloured spaghetti every day! Whatever you choose to eat, make sure to save some room for dessert. From ice cream to popcorn to cakes and cupcakes, you can expect each dish to come out looking like it was made by a rainbow!
Wondering what this super kawaii experience will cost you? Like all theme restaurants, you can expect to pay more. The cute cocktails are around eight dollars Canadian. An entrée runs anywhere from between ten and fifteen dollars, and the desserts range from six to about thirty dollars (for a full-sized cake!). These prices are in addition to the five-dollar cover fee. Just remember, when you pay to eat in theme restaurants, you’re paying as much for the experience as you are for the food. So, enjoy!
If you aren’t able to make the trip to Harajuku to check out Kawaii Monster in person, take a few minutes to have fun exploring the official website. You can get a sense of the cuteness through the click of your mouse!
Before stepping inside this restaurant, make sure that you’re in the know with some kawaii history to impress your friends.
- Kawaii Monster designer Sebastian Masuda also installed a giant Hello Kitty time capsule in downtown New York City
- The cake merry-go-round was dreamed up by Masuda as a child
- Staff at this restaurant are known for speaking English, Chinese and Korean in addition to their native Japanese
- “Monster Girls” can be seen wandering around the space—be sure to call them by their names: Dolly, Baby, Crazy, Nasty and Candy
Kawaii Monster Café
One-minute walk from Chiyoda subway line, Meiji Jingu-mae Station exit 5. The restaurant can be accessed from the Omotesando exit of JR Harajuku Station. It is located across from Laforet Harajuku.
YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
OPEN HOURS: Daily
Lunch: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm（LO 4 pm)
Dinner: 6 pm–10:30 pm（LO 10 pm）