Kirby Car Cake is a true breakfast of champions.
I’m not a big breakfast eater. If I have a busy morning and need something to eat on the go, most of the time I settle for granola or fruit, or maybe a ball of onigiri rice from the grocery store.
So it seemed a little weird to me one day when I got out of bed, showered, got dressed, and so on go eat cake first thing in the morning. But you know what? Such leniency made sense, because that day I was having breakfast at a cafe based on Nintendo a character whose whole thing is that there is no limit to how much he can consume.
Tokyo is one of the cities that is lucky enough to have a constant Kirby’s Cafe. Located in Solamachi folded at the base Heavenly treeKirby Cafe has been around for a while, but there’s a new reason to visit it the restaurant has recently introduced new winter menu items.
With newcomers and returning visitors wanting to eat Kirby’s new food, finding a table isn’t easy, and the only one my friend and I could grab was at 10:15am. but hey it’s hard to feel lingering drowsy when you’re surrounded by so many cute series graphics as well as jazzy remixes of gaming background music streaming from the cafe’s speakers.
Your reservation is for an 85-minute block, which is not so strange for popular restaurants in Japan. What is remarkable, however, is that you have to order everything you want to eat or drink in one go, and I can’t add anything else later. So, naturally, almost every table orders at least one of these Winter horns in billet mode in the car version, a callback to Kirby’s new power in Kirby and the Forgotten Realm game and her Waddle Dee Cafe in the game. The staff also brings the food when it’s ready and it turned out that the cake was the first thing we were served.
Based on the pictorial photos of the cake, I expected it to be a giant car-shaped scoop of whipped cream, but it turned out to be something much more exquisite: blancmange, a type of milk gelatin with a creamy flavor that is similar to pudding but without the egg. He jumps up when pushed, just as you can imagine Kirby himself would.
Kirby’s car comes with various edible accessories, including chocolate wheels, a Pocky style front bumper and apple slice taillights.
It definitely creates character eating puzzle: looks really, really tasty, but also very, very similar to the cute character it’s based on. Look round, almost everyone in the coffee shop made the same decision, starting from the back of the car while eating, as eating Kirby’s corner panel is associated with less guilt than his face.
Roadside decorations are also ediblewith crunchy chocolate trees, hills of kiwi slices and gelatin ice crystals.
Getting cake first put us in the weird position of having to save room for our mains, but even before they arrived, the waitress brought my friend’s latte from full color latte art.
Latte art is available cafe au lait, hot chocolate, and even fruit “mixed berry au lait” drink. And unlike many themed coffee shops in Japan where the pattern is random, Kirby Cafe lets you choose which of 11 different designs you wantincluding three new ones just added for the winter.
Soon after our main courses appeared: Winter Kirby Hamburger and creamy pasta with white sauce…
…and Kirby Loco Moco Rice Bowl.
Since you can take the container home with youreal food is served on a removable tray so your souvenir won’t get dirty.
It’s kind of a unique take on loco moco because it also includes cheese and tomato, but it’s not half bad as an all-in-one meal that provides protein, rice, and vegetables.
A burger that is actually a cheeseburger gets extra points for style giving Kirby a thin egg-shaped “scarf” to keep him warm from the winter chill.
Accompanied by pasta, corn potato soup and several square omelettes. Oh, and there’s also a “Don’t Eat” warning printed on the back of the decorative paper, the omelettes have a Kirby character graphic on them, as this is one of the few representations of the charter on the cafeteria plate that isn’t edible.
After taking a few photos, it was time to pay the bill. As with most restaurants in Japan, you pay at the counter, not at the table, and the Kirby Cafe register is conveniently…
… attached gift shopwhich is stocked with all kinds of special goods.
The range includes plates and cutlery used in the cafe, CDs with background music and now also winter fashion items.
▼ Waddle Dee coffee cup sleeves are especially clever.
This gift shop is only open to cafe customers, although it is a separate Kirby store in Solamachi mall where anyone can just walk in. The stock of both stores overlaps to some extent, but some items are only available in one or the other.
▼ The store in the mall is somewhat confusingly named Kirby Cafe The Store, but it is separate from the store inside Kirby Cafe.
Reservations at Tokyo Kirby Cafe can be made online hereand Hakata (Fukuoka) network reservations and Nagoya branch here and here. Keep in mind, however, that the ordering system means you won’t be able to take the “I’ll wait and see if I’m still hungry before I order more” approach, so you’ll want to take your Kirby class appetite no matter what time you book.
Kirby Cafe (Tokyo branch) / カービィカフェ（東京店）
Address: Tokyo-to, Sumida-ku, Oshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi East Yard 4th floor
Open from 10:00 to 22:00