Eorzea Cafe is located in Akihabara, a suburb of Tokyo known for it’s electronics, anime and video game shops. Eorzea is a Final Fantasy XIV themed cafe – based on a place in the game – which opened in 2014. We first visited in 2014, and since then the menu has been updated. We recently paid Eorzea a second visit to check out the new menu which came out in 2015.
We didn’t book ahead of time because last year – upon reading about huge crowds and the need to queue up first thing to go into a lottery to win the opportunity to come back later in the day for a seat in the cafe – we turned up first thing and found that there was only one guy ahead of us, and the cafe was half empty for the first session of the day. This time, we turned up about half an hour before the lunch-time session began. It turns out that this session is more popular, so we couldn’t get a table at that time, and ended up making a reservation for the 4:30pm session. This session was also fully booked by the time 4:30pm rolled around. Both visits were on weekdays, so my only explanation is that the very first session of the day might be less popular.
Eorzea unsurprisingly attracts plenty of tourists, many of whom book via Lawsons, a convenience store chain. By booking this way, you get a free coaster and a free drink (although a fee does apply to make the booking this way). We didn’t bother as we were spending most of the day in Akihabara anyway, and our prior experience left us confident that we would be able to get a table.
Everyone was given a Golden Saucer ticket upon entering. The ticket numbers match the seat numbers – every customer’s seat is numbered. Mine was 11. They drew a raffle toward the beginning of the session, once everyone was seated and they had gone through the other formalities.
We visited less than a week after Halloween, and were given these exclusive Eorzea Cafe Halloween artwork prints. Some locals who obviously visited Eorzea regularly (they had complete collections of the coasters and lacked the obvious excitement that we saw on some of the American customers) used theirs as place-mats, while most customers took theirs home. The staff came around with rubber bands to secure the rolled-up prints with.
As our sitting wasn’t until 4:30pm and we had a reservation for the themed restaurant, Ninja Akasaka that night, we opted for reasonably light meals – a small savoury dish each, and a dessert – along with our drinks, all from the new 2015 menu.
Above: Bahamut’s Fried Chees Like Earth Shaker (spelling consistent with the English menu) 750 Yen
These are crumbed balls of deep fried cream cheese in a creamy sauce that tastes a lot like laksa. I like laksa, so this was a winner in my books.
Above: Croquette of Bomb Style 730 Yen
A large round croquette with peanuts and sauce, which they set on fire at the table. This was pretty decent too (although I preferred the fried cheese).
Above: Cremet d Anjou of Shiva ~no-bake cheesecake~ 650 Yen
A blob of unbaked cheesecake wrapped in white cloth, icing-like sauce, blue jelly and blueberries. I’m not normally a fan of cheesecake, but this was actually pretty nice.
Many of the new 2015 dishes seem to replace items from the first (2014) menu. For example, the Cremet d Anjou of Shiva replaces the Limit Break Meteo Choux A La Creme from the previous menu.
Above: Mini pan cake of Mogli 680 Yen
A stack of small pancakes (or large pikelets) with some cream, a Moogle made of ice-cream, and a combination of tinned and fresh fruit around the edge. This was my partner’s choice, and he said it was a bit dry.
Mini pan cake of Mogli replaces the Moggle Mini-Honey Toast from 2014. There is still a mini-honey toast dessert on the menu (as honey toast is Pasela Resort’s specialty), but if you’re after a Moogle dessert – Eorzea’s most iconic dessert – you’ll be ordering the mini pancakes on this menu.
Above: Strawberry Milk of White Mage – non-alcoholic – it really is just strawberry milk with some whipped cream (left) 650 Yen, and Drink of Materia IV – alcoholic (right) 750 Yen
The ‘materia’ balls are just coloured pieces of ice. Strawberry milk for 650 Yen. Expensive flavoured milk drinks at themed cafes in Akihabara is obviously a running theme in my life.
Last time I visited Eorzea, I said that the drinks were overpriced and tasted average. Nothing has changed in that regard, but the presentation of some of the drinks is okay.
If you look closely, you can see some tacky Halloween decorations there too. It was about a week after Halloween, and most places had long since taken their decorations down. As much as I love Halloween, I always feel that Halloween decorations (and the same goes for Christmas, and so on) detract from themed places. If it’s already themed, why add an additional, seasonal theme?
To find out more about Eorzea Cafe, what it looks like inside, the ordering system and for directions on how to get to Eorzea, see my other Eozea Cafe post.