No new art book review, instead I thought I’d share my experience from earlier this year at the Otomate Café.
There are two Otomate cafes in Japan, one in Osaka and one in Akihabara. I went to the one in Akihabara (located inside the Pasela Resorts Akiba Multi Entertainment on the 2nd floor).
You can make reservations by getting tickets ahead of time (I don’t speak Japanese, so I have no idea how to do this, but there are websites that explain this) or you can do what I did and try your luck and see if they have a table available the same day you visit (I stayed in the Tokyo area the whole trip so I had time to do this). They keep tweaking this process, but when I went, you lined up at 10am outside the café in the stairwell, they open the stairwell door at 10am to let you in to the café area and will let you know if there are any seats available that day. I would suggest going in the middle of the week since people are in school/working. Also I think a group of 4 or less is probably the biggest they can accommodate this way. The café staff do not speak English, but they try really hard to help you. They are really nice.
When you walk in to the Pasela Resorts building walk past the elevators and there is a door to a stairwell, go up two flights and you’ll see a sign that says the door will open at 10am to let you in to check for available seating that day. Get there early (we were in line by 9:30am, but give yourself plenty of time to figure out where to go too!). We went with a group of 4, middle of the week, and were able to get the 1st seating possible (which was lunch!).
The staff will ask you to arrive a few minutes before your seating so they may go over some rules and lead you into the café.
When you sit down, you are given an iPad which is used to order your food. The table has a placemat face down and when you flip it over it’s a poster for an Otomate game! I noticed people at the cafe who had these large plastic books which they could store their mats in! Very cool, I have no idea where they purchased them. Here are the placemats we received at our table:
Every time you order an item from the menu, you are given a coaster which also has an Otomate game design on it. Here are the ones I received:
I took pictures of the menu, but they aren’t that sharp. The Otomate website has the menu posted, but you can see what was available when I visited.
There is also a raffle draw each day at each sitting. I don’t know what you win, but I’m sure it’s some cute merchandise.
When you leave, they give you pins based off every ¥1000 (~$10CDN) you spend on your bill. They are cute.
The food was really good. The experience was wonderful. The merchandise is really cute and a neat souvenir. For someone who doesn’t speak Japanese, the hardest part was figuring out how to get in. I will definitely be back again. If you’re planning on going, let me know if I can help.