Cape Cod, like the rest of Tokyo DisneySea, is beautifully themed. It's picturesque and just so beautiful to walk around in. With that being said, I don't really frequent Cape Cod. It's not really that conveniently located. There are only two reasons for me visiting this section of Tokyo DisneySea. One of them is Milk Tea Popcorn and the other is it being one of the stops for the DisneySea Transit Steamer Line.
Cape Cod is also home to Duffy. If you have been following my blog, you will know that I don't really care about Duffy and his friends. I just couldn't care less. With that being said, I do own a blog about food in Tokyo Disney. For this blog post, I will put my personal opinions about the money grabbing, zero personality bear aside and try to give you an honest review on Cape Cod Cook-Off. Who knows? Maybe there will be a third reason for me to visit Cape Cod in the future.
Cape Cod Cook-Off is a counter service restaurant serving burgers. It's tough to find good burgers in Japan. Then again, it's tough finding any sort of good foreign food in Japan. Any sort of foreign food has been "Japanized" in one way or another. Indian food is not really Indian food. Chinese food is not really Chinese food. American food is not really American food. If you want authentic foreign food in Japan, be prepared to shell out some coins for it, unless you don't mind heading to cookie cutter fast food joints like McDonald's or Burger King. So far, one of my favorite burger joints in Japan has to be Kua Aina. How will the burgers at Cape Cod Cook-Off compare to Kua Aina's burgers? This might get ugly Ratketeers. This might get ugly.
Cape Cod Cook-Off also features a show starring Duffy called My Friend Duffy. There are two seating areas in Cape Cod Cook-Off. One area is just for dining and the other features the show. If you decide to watch the show which you might as well because it does not cost extra, head into the show area and a cast member will pass you a card. That card will have a specific time on it. Place that card on your table and enjoy the show and your food. Once that time on your card is up, you will be required to leave that show area. You will get about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how busy the restaurant is.
We got ourselves the Fried Codfish Burger Set, the Special Set and a New England Seafood Chowder. The New England Seafood Chowder was okay. There was nothing special about it. If you want good chowder, head over to Restaurant Sakura. The Charlie's Miso Clam Chowder served up at Restaurant Sakura destroys this New England Seafood Chowder. The Special Set's burger was a hamburger with bacon, capunata and arugula. I have no idea what capunata and arugula are, but I can tell you that this burger was not good at all. The patty was dry and it was really bland. It felt like I was eating sand. It was terrible. Next up, we have the Fried Codfish Burger. This burger helped Cape Cod Cook-Off's rep a little. I liked the sauce and the fried codfish had a good texture to it. It was crunchy and tender at the same time. It was a decent burger. Nothing to shout about, but it was decent.
So, Ratketeers, what can we learn from this? If you happen to dine here, don't get the cheeseburger or the hamburger. A complete waste of money!
Okay, so the food here is nothing to shout about. If this review was based on the food alone, Cape Cod Cook-Off would get a 1/5.
With that being said, it would be unfair to rate this dining experience without talking about the show. Being unfair is not in this rat's nature. Your honorable one shall now proceed to write about My Friend Duffy. There are two versions of the show. Each version runs for 10 minutes with a 5 minutes break in between. You will definitely be able to watch both shows within the timeframe allotted to you. To be honest, I found the shows pretty entertaining. Duffy and his friends dancing on stage entertained me enough. Enough to be distracted from the food. It allowed my mind to focus on something else while my mouth chewed away. I wasn't thinking about the terrible food anymore. A brilliant distraction. Now, I sorta understand this bear's role in our beautiful world. Duffy's purpose is to distract people from terrible tasting burgers! Go Duffy!
All in all, Cape Cod Cook-Off did not provide me with that third reason to go out of my way to visit Duffyland. Sorry, made a mistake there. I meant to say Cape Cod. As expected, the burgers here are nothing compared to the burgers at Kua Aina. There was no competition at all. It reminded me of the recent FIFA Women's World Cup finals. Cape Cod Cook-Off's burgers got trashed, very much alike to how the game went. Allow me to explain further.
The first 20 minutes of my dining experience was a disaster. The first burger which I had, the Special Set's burger, provided no value at all. Nothing was good about it. Then, came the Fried Codfish Burger which put a little smile on my face. After that, My Friend Duffy began and a part of me forgot about how bad this dining experience started off. It gave me a little bit of hope, but, sad to say, at the end of the day, Cape Cod Cook-Off didn't do enough to come back into the game.
Honorable Rating: 2/5 (Only in "Shouganai" Situations)