Tokyo has a variety of themed restaurants/cafes; the famous Maid Cafes, its counterpart Butler Cafes, Prison-style, Ninja cafe, Cat cafe… This is one of my favorites!
Alice in Labyrinth is a themed Alice in Wonderland restaurant in Tokyo.
Let’s take a trip…
I have to warm you that the whole post I’ll be gushing and abusing the exclamation mark / caps key because I am an absolute sucker for theme-y stuff! :D
Writing this post has also been on my mind for a long time, and even though it’s 4am, I’m still gonna write it! (spent the last hour+ editing the photos -__-;)
I’ve actually been there twice, once in 2010 for my birthday and again in 2012 as a treat for my baby sister. I didn’t blog about it the first time, so I will combine the photos from both in this post. Double win!
The place and menu didn’t change AT ALL, so all photos of the restaurant are very relevant!
I’ll mostly let the pictures do the talking, since they are so theme-y and ♥!
(can you already spot a pattern in how I ended the last… ok, I wanted to say last 5 sentences, but I realized it’s all the sentences hahaha. You’ve been warned!
The first time Fu & I went, we were given a small room. Our door is one of the pages! Haha. It’s quite small, but private and quieter. I say quieter because the ceiling is not covered so sound from other places can still be heard.
No photos I like of me, so to show you the room, I’ll give you one with…
The second time with Zhen, we were given a table in the general dining area, together with other tables. It was considerably noisier than the private room, but still acceptable.
Open it to find…
After we placed our orders, they brought us appetizers free of charge! (or you could argue it’s the 600 yen cover charge…)
Ah wait, here’s the ONLY thing I noticed that changed. In 2010, it looked like this:
I also love that all the while, you can hear the animation playing in the background. Quite a nice touch! But I wonder if they have to pay royalties to Disney?
Anyway, after a while, our drinks arrived!
Shortly after, the food arrived!
My second visit there, 2 out of 3 dishes ordered were repeated from the first visit. So it’s that yummy!
It’s also 5am now and I’m starting to get hungry. Better hurry up finish and go sleep so that I don’t need to eat!
The first time I went, it was my birthday, so Fu secretly pretended to go toilet, but actually he went to pakat (Malay for conspire) with one of the Alices to bring me…
She brought it in with candles by the side (the whipped cream in the corners were the bases) and she and Fu were singing the birthday song.
After that, she also took photos for us (loaning us Alice and bunny headbands lol), which she printed and gave us in pretty, themed folders! The date was wrong though .___. But ok la, I remember it was my birthday can already!
The whole surprise + cake + song + photos cost only 1,500 yen! Quite ok, I think?
Oh yeah, speaking of toilets (earlier), here is a photo!
I also had glimpses into other rooms and hastily snapped photos:
Finally, the bill…
If you deduct the price of the cake (1,500 yen), the second time was also around the same price. I paid about 5,900+ yen.
I recommend this place because it’s quite a nice experience!
To be honest, the first time I was there, I was just there for the novelty and didn’t expect the food to be much good. But it’s surprisingly delicious! Definitely exceeded the expectations I had for it. The food prices are also quite reasonable. 1,200 yen for pasta, 500-600 yen for starters. Drinks are around 700-900 yen. Peach nectar was only 500 yen, cause so ugly :S
Both times, I didn’t make reservations and just walked in. Had to wait for about 10-15 mins. We were the only ones waiting though. Everyone else makes reservations lol. If you wanna play it safe, then make reservations in advance.
If you can’t be bothered or are unable to (speak Japanese, etc), then throw caution to the winds! Unless it’s some special holiday (X’mas, etc) or if someone booked it as a party venue, you should be able to get seats. Don’t quote me on that though. I cannot be held responsible if you don’t get entry into Wonderland!
In short, I recommend this place for a unique experience, pretty good food and still-acceptable price tag.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND RESTAURANT
Address: Taiyo Bldg, 5F, 8-8-5 Ginza, Chou-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
*Please refer to website for precise location of the restaurant’s building