It's amazing how breakfast food became so popular all around the globe. French toast, pancakes, eggs. Basic, simple food that can be easily prepared at home has taken the world by storm. This cheap rat is not buying it, but since I run a blog that's focused on food in Tokyo Disney Resort, I feel that I'm obliged to put aside my opinions on overpriced dough covered with maple syrup and sacrifice my ego for all you Ratketeers out there. This time, I visited the newly opened Cafe Kaila in Ikspiari.
The Japanese are crazy about Hawaii. Almost everyone I meet here wants to live in Hawaii. Just put the word "Hawaiian" in a product and it will sell. Hawaiian food, Hawaiian shrimp, Hawaiian jewelry, Hawaiian underwear, Hawaiian shavers, Hawaiian nail clippers. I guarantee that it will sell.
Out of all the crazy Hawaiian products that exist, perhaps, the most popular one is Hawaiian pancakes. There's an Eggs 'n Things close to my place and it's always packed. The line for lunch and dinner is longer than the line for a lot of attractions in Tokyo Disney Resort. It's crazy.
By the way, what's a Hawaiian pancake? Since when did pancake become Hawaiian food? They're crazy expensive, but there's always a line at a Hawaiian pancake joint. Cost price of a plate of pancakes is probably about 100 yen? Add some fruits, whipped cream and slap the word "Hawaiian" to the pancakes and voila! 2000 yen a plate! Pure marketing genius! I wonder how long this trend will last in Japan? For now, the word "Hawaiian" is a money making machine here in the land of the rising sun.
Now that I've voiced my opinion on "Hawaiian" pancakes, we can resume with the review. Back to Cafe Kaila.
As soon as you enter Cafe Kaila, you will get a sense of welcome. It's bright and the place feels tropical. On the walls, you can find paintings of flowers and pictures of Hawaii. It provides a really relaxing atmosphere eat your..... wait for it..... PANCAKES. Oh wait, sorry about that, I meant to say your "Hawaiian" pancakes.
Cafe Kaila serves up a variety of food including of course, pancakes. The price of food here is not cheap. If you're on a budget trip to Tokyo Disney Resort, Cafe Kaila would not fit your bill. If money is an issue, I recommend going down the stairs and heading to Ikspiari Kitchen. Ikspiari Kitchen also serves up a variety of food, but I'm sorry to say, no pancakes.
Noticed how I hyped pancakes all throughout the blog post? Now, here comes the major disappointment of this post. Before we continue, I would like to apologize to all you Ratketeers out there. I apologize because I'm a stubborn and egotistical rat. The rebel in me came out when I was in Cafe Kaila and when it was time for me to place my order, my stubborn mind would not allow me to order the pancakes. I don't know why, but my pride got the better of me. I hope that you guys can forgive me.
Now that I'm done with my insincere apology, I would like to talk about what I did order. I ordered the Fettucine with Zucchini and Mozzarella Ragu, the Meat and Cheese Omelette and for dessert, the Kaila's French Toast. The food was really really good. I enjoyed all three dishes a lot. My personal favorite was the Kaila's French Toast.
Right now, you might be thinking, "Oh mighty, honorable one. You chose to order the French Toast. French Toast for 2,200 yen? Isn't that the same price as the pancakes?"
Damn it! You're right! At this very moment, as I'm typing out the remainder of this blog post, I'm feeling a little bit of regret. Why didn't I try the pancakes?! Oh, you stubborn, egotistical rat. Mama always said that one day my ego would get the better of me and she was right. Pancakes taught me a lesson here. Who would have thought? Life is funny.
Overall, Cafe Kaila serves up great food and it's a really nice place to dine in, but to me, it's still a little overpriced. Based on what I've tried in this restaurant, I won't be able to give it a perfect score. Maybe, in the future, the pancake might be able to bump up the score, but for now 2,000 odd yen for breakfast food is a little bit too pricey for this rat.
Honorable Rating: Mmm, This is Good (4/5)