Vampire Cafe in Ginza, Tokyo: a Japanese Goth restaurant.

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You dropped a few hundred on a Moi-Même-Moitié dress; you might as well dish out a hundred more at the Vampire Café in Ginza. Blood isn’t on the menu but it’s splattered all over the glowing red floors. The snug rooms are piped with Baroque music and peppered with crucifixes, spiders, skulls, candelabras, and Dracula’s coffin. (Sounds like home to any Gothic Lolita.) Thick, beaded drapes ensure that any naughty behavior in the booths won’t make the rounds on the Internet.

The waitresses dress in Gothic French maid outfits and the waiters wear tuxedos (do they ask you to “vokkk dizzz vayyy?”). Like at the Alice in Wonderland café, each table comes with a bell, which you can ring for a “Vampire’s blood cocktail” or a cigarette.

Goth and Gothic Lolita restaurant in Japan, The Vampire Cafe.
All of the menu items have vampiric names, which you won’t be able to decipher if you can’t read kanji. The cuisine is best described as an Italian/French/Japanese mix (again, much like Alice in Wonderland). Vampire Café’s morbid motifs extend to the food presentation; an order marinated octopus suckers and smoked salmon comes in a little burial casket; “raw” spring rolls filed with tuna are arranged in a cross on a bed of thinly-sliced tomatoes.

Not all diners were sated by the experience. One reviewer complained that the duck and the herb-crust chicken both came with same miso-based “vampire” gravy and vegetables. Another said that the food is unexceptional and the portions are too small for the price, which can exceed $100 for two people.

Oh, and the red wine that is offered before your meal? It appears to be complimentary – but it’s tacked on to your bill. Someone’s taking the “out for blood” theme a little too far…

Address: 7F La Paix Building, 6-7-6 Ginza, Chuo-Ku.
Tel: 03-3289-5360
Open: 6pm-4am Mon-Sat, 5pm-11pm holidays, closed Sun. Menu English/Japanese. Reservations necessary.