I've always enjoyed walking around in Ikspiari. I don't really know why. I'm not a big fan of shopping malls and Ikspiari is essentially, a shopping mall. It might be more appealing to me because of it's location. Being located in Tokyo Disney Resort and it's proximity to the parks makes it a little bit more magical to me. That might be a reason. You see, it's tough finding good food that's value for money in any theme park in the world. If you do find anything that tastes good, you probably will have to pay an exuberant amount of money for it. This is definitely my number one reason for wanting to visit Ikspiari, every time I visit Tokyo Disney Resort. It's definitely easier to get a bang for your buck dining here as compared to Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea. Whenever I don't have a dining plan while visiting the resort, I always seem to find myself in Ikspiari Kitchen, Kua Aina or Ippudo Ramen. Of course, I've also had bad experiences dining in Ikspiari, for example, this hugely disappointing Mango Curry. Good or bad, there's still a lot of Ikspiari that this rat has not explored yet. I will not rest until I've eaten every dish in every dining establishment in Tokyo Disney Resort! My tummy is community property and I'm sacrificing it to inform and educate the public! This time, your Honorable Rat decided to take his honorable tummy to the rainforest.
Rainforest Cafe is a themed restaurant. It's themed to, well you guessed it, the rainforest. You'll get to dine in lush greenery with "wild" animals and beautiful fish tanks. It's actually a pretty fun place to dine in. At times, the lights would dim and there would be the sound of thunder and rain. Every time that happened, Little Mahina would ask me, "Papa, is it raining?" Every time she did that, I would have a big smile on my face. The theming of the restaurant provided a great atmosphere for me to bond with my kids. After our meal, Little Mahina, Baby Haku and I spent quite a bit of time sitting by the fish tank, looking at the fishes and spending quality time together. It was beautiful. Definitely the highlight of my dining experience here.
In Ikspiari, Rainforest Cafe is one of the more expensive restaurants to dine in. 788 yen for pickles is a little crazy. Most places in Japan, you get the pickles with your meal, for free. So, if you decide to dine here, be prepared. As you can see from the menu below, Rainforest Cafe ain't cheap.
Remember earlier in the blog post when I told you about the highlight of my dining experience here? About how I spent quality time with my kids, chilling together by the fish tank? Well, sad to say, that's the only positive part of this dining experience. We ordered the Pastalaya Shrimp with a side of coleslaw, the Sirloin Steak Lunch and the Dinosaur Egg Volcano to celebrate Little Mahina and Baby Haku's birthday. The food was not good at all. The Pastalaya Shrimp was dry, the Sirloin Steak was dry, the Dinosaur Egg Volcano was definitely not worth 1,680 yen and the side of coleslaw was a joke. The side of coleslaw came in a tiny bowl and it was 399 yen. 399 yen for that small bowl of coleslaw?! That's crazy. If I'm paying 399 yen and comparing it to coleslaw from KFC, we have a problem. The coleslaw was bad. I felt like I was eating styrofoam. Long story short, food here was terrible. A complete waste of money.
The funny thing is, the food was not even the worse part of our dining experience. Service here was horrendous. First, we asked a waitress about something on the menu. She could not answer our question, so she said that she would check with someone about it and get back to us soon. Fair enough. If you don't know, you don't know. It's nice that she didn't make stuff up and she actually took the initiative to try and ask someone else. I was cool with that. 10 minutes passed, she didn't come back. 20 minutes passed, still no sign of her. So, we decided to get another waitress. We asked this waitress the same question and the same thing happened. What is this?! Did they get lost in the rainforest?! My blood pressure started rising, fast. Finally, we gave up with asking our questions and decided to just go ahead with placing our orders. Halfway through our meal, we asked for more water and they came back with water, 15 minutes later. Ratketeers, I would like to think that I'm a fair rat. I can understand this situation if the restaurant was full, but there were barely any customers. The service here was sloppy. No one was smiling. It was just a bunch of college kids who had no pride in their job whatsoever. The worst service that I've received in my 2 years of living in Japan. Absolutely terrible.
Bad food, disappearing waitresses, unfriendly service, overpriced. I recommend that you stay away from this place. The worst dining experience in Tokyo Disney Resort, period. I never thought that I'd experience anything worse than Character Breakfast at Crystal Palace Restaurant, but Rainforest Cafe proved me wrong. If not for the theming and the magical moment that I shared with my kids by the fish tank, this dining experience would have been one big fat zero. Avoid this place Ratketeers. Go have a McDonald's Burger or something. It's more worth it.
Honorable Rating: Avoid at All Cost! This is a first at Honorable Rat (0.5/5)