Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole Will Lead You to the Wonderland with Alice! Experience the “Alice in Wonderland” in Shibuya!
Carol Louis’ children’s book “Alice in Wonderland” was first published in 1865 and even 150 years after it was first released, it still maintains a huge fan base all over the world. Alice in Wonderland is all too well known as the story of a young girl who follows a white rabbit down a hole and gets lost in a mysterious world.
The restaurant that bases their theme on Alice in Wonderland can be found in Japan. At this restaurant you can enjoy the original cocktails and unique foods they have to offer, which have all been based on the characters of Alice in Wonderland. For example, at “Meikyuu no Kuni no Alice”(Alice in a Labyrinth) in Ginza, you can experience first hand how Alice felt when she had been shrunken as you sit inside a large tea cup , while at “Ehon no Kuni no Alice”(Alice in Fantasy Book) in Shinjuku you can have a twisted tea time experience with your friends at a table that looks like it has been warped by time itself, and at Shibuya‘s “Butou no Kuni no Alice”(Alice in a Dancing Land), you can get lost in the song and dance of Alice and her strange friends. There are 7 different Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurants in total, but the one we chose to visit today was Shibuya’s “Butou no Kuni no Alice”
We had two of our website’s most familiar faces, Kumiko Funayama and Hikari Shiina on our visit , yet there was something different about these two today. The girls dressed up in Lolita fashion, wearing outfits from none other than Maison de julietta!
Upon our arrival, we were faced with stairs that make you feel like you are going to fall down a hole!
After descending down the stairs, the glistening world of Alice in Wonderland stretched out before us. In the center of the room, there was a gorgeous chandelier, with seats that looked like something that would appear at a merry-go-land.
The changes in interior lighting really emphasized the feeling of being inside a real life wonderland.
Today, our girls were lucky enough to sit in the center of the merry-go-land! We were served by Alice (a waitress at the restaurant) today.
The menu that she brought was beyond adorable, and the girls couldn’t help but get super excited from that alone! A pocket watch that said “Alice borrowed this from the white rabbit”, also came with the menu.
First, the girls ordered some drinks! Kumiko ordered “Alice no Butou-kai”(Alice’s Ball) while Hikari chose to get “Happy Un-Birthday”. “The “Happy Un-Birthday” drink is based the idea of celebrating on an ordinary day. In the cocktail there was a small firecracker and Alice came to sing us a song to help us celebrate.
Next up, the girls ordered “Alice’s Handmade Caesar Salad with a Magic Song to Make the Meal Delicious”. Just as it was written in the menu, Alice came to sing to the girls as she mixed the salad. Alice sang the song in an adorable voice for us but did you know that in the real story of Alice in Wonderland, Alice is actually tone-deaf?
For the main dish, the girls ordered the restaurant’s number one most popular dish,”Cheshire Cat’s Special Beef Ragout Sauce Spaghetti”. It not only looked adorable, but it was made up of fresh pasta known for its great taste, so the girls felt like it was a waste to eat it!
And lastly, dessert! The girls ordered “Singing Cheshire Cat’s Mixed Berry Parfait”. This was also so cute that the girls felt like it was a waste to eat it!
After taking in their fill of the world of Wonderland, the girls were able to relive their youth. On our visit, the girls went all out and wore Lolita to the restaurant, but of course, anyone can enjoy “Butou no Kuni no Alice” in everyday wear.
Photo by kobadog
Translated by Cheryl Coyle
InformationButou no Kuni no Alice
Address : Zero Gate B1, 16-9, Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station : Shibuya
TEL : 03-3770-2750
URL : http://www.alice-restaurant.com/buto/top.html