Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Themed Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya

10.June.2020 | FOOD

OH MY CAFE is set to take a Beauty and the Beast theme at three of its branches in Tokyo and Osaka from June 19, and subsequently Nagoya from June 26, for a limited time.

The concept of the cafe is based on the Beast gifting Belle a library. The main visual for the collaboration sees Belle wearing a green dress which she only wears during the library scene. The cafe too will fittingly take on a library look.

<Beauty and the Beast> Night Sky Cream Curry Rice: ¥1,890

A mild curry themed on Beast and Belle’s romantic ball.

<Something There> Snow Thawed Love Cream Pasta: ¥1,990

Inspired by the scene in which Belle and Beast come closer together. Mushroom cream penne served with truffle meringue.

<The Mod Song> Chip’s Assistance Afternoon Tea: ¥1,090 / With Spoon: ¥1,690

A tea set with the cute chipped cup Chip, a scone, and tea jelly. The perfect after-meal conclusion.

<Enchanted Rose> Rose Water: ¥890 / With Coaster: ¥1,590

A refreshing rose water mixed with lemon. Maybe you too will be able to find true love with a sip.

Message Cards (9 Designs): ¥450


Tinned Tea (Red/Blue): ¥1,600 Each

The cafe will also sell lots of special, exclusive merchandise.

Additionally, those who book a table in advance and order from the menu will receive one of 4 possible lunch mats chosen randomly. And if you spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) on merchandise at the cafe you’ll get one of 9 possible bookmarks.

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    Lost in Europe Afternoon Tea Set Summary

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    Ingredients

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    20g granulated sugar

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    85ml-90ml milk (room temperature)

     

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     © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD.  APPROVAL NO. S620028

    @home café has collaborated with many of Sanrio’s popular characters in the past at its Akihabara-based café branches such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and of course Pompompurin, but this time the collaboration is flying out of Akiba and straight into the heart of Japanese pop culture: Harajuku.

     

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    A little look at some things on the menu

     

    The Food

     

    Soufflé Omurice | ¥1,450

    Butter Chicken Curry | ¥1,300

     

    The Desserts

     

    Pompompurin Pudding | ¥700

    Chocolate Banana Mountain Waffle | ¥1,200

     

    The Drinks

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    Muffin’s Caffe Mocha | ¥850

     

     

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    Pompompurin Birthday Party

     

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    Pompompurin’s Birthday Dessert

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    Birthday Novelty

    To commemorate Pompompurin’s birthday and the opening of the café, all visitors will receive the pin below for free.

     

     

     

    Pompompurin will visit the café

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    The Menu

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    Renai Lemon Sour | ¥660 (Tax Included)

    Renai Strawberry Milk | ¥990 (Tax Included)

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    Renai Bread Dessert | ¥990 (Tax Included)

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    Enter the charming world of Gaspard and Lisa with this cute themed menu.

     

    (C) 2021 Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben / Hachette Livre

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