anibee's Ultimate Otaku Outing - Kamen Rider The Diner!

Anyone who's a fan of the flying-kicking, scarf-wearing, bug men of action knows the deal when it comes to showing your fandom. Buying belts, figures, and of course, watching the show, are all no-brainer activities that more than suffice.

But how about a different sort of experience? Like say... food!

That's right - we're talking about none other than a little caféof kick-ass located in Ikebukuro; Kamen Rider The Diner!

During our trip to ACE, I managed to slip away for an evening to make my personal little 'pilgrimage' to this charming little place - and what a surprise it was.

Mostly decked out to look like the chamber of the Great Leaders of Shocker (ala Tsuksa/Decade in All Riders vs Dai Shocker), there's slick black walls and appropriately lavish red carpeting everywhere.

With Rider costumes in glass display cabinets, a merchandise corner and best of all; the throne for any would-be Shocker Leader to perch on and give his command to take over the world; the 'Rider-ness' is all here in Full Force (no pun intended)!

It wouldn't be complete of course, without a large TV screen at the side that has a constant loop of Rider footage. Namely; a loop of all the opening sequences from every Rider show ever!

While not too large a place, the décor and ambience are really cosy, yet 'Rider' enough to please fans (and the non-fans who have been dragged along). A little corner with a plethora of Kamen Rider Belts and toys for the kids (and kids at heart) to play with round things out.

But what about the food, you ask?

Providing a small, but concise menu of your usual semi-western fare, the Rider Diner has salads, pastas, gratins and desserts.

Naturally, every single dish is Rider in motif in one way or another; some being a little abstract, while others proudly pledging their series allegiance! The menu changes periodically, so if your favourite Rider doesn't seem to have a dish, he just might in the future!


MY MEAL CHOICE – THE 'AGITO BURNING FORM GRATIN' AND ‘METEOR, READY? COKE BREAK’ FLOAT!

Do take note that you must make an advanced booking (at least 2-3 days) or else you won't be allowed in. That's right, no walk-ins!


MERCHANDISE FROM THE DINER!

While slightly pricey, the standard of the food is really decent, and definitely makes every Rider fan feel right at home. At the very least, it's worth a trip just to take a seat on the Shocker Throne!


SOON... THE WORLD WILL BE MINE! BWAHAHAHAHA...

Check out the current menu, as well as make YOUR booking at Kamen Rider The Diner, at their Official Website.

A place filled with vintage goodies - and one of the best Maid Cafes around? Stay tuned - we still have more to show in anibee's Ultimate Otaku Outing!

- Q

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