Text & photos by Colin Brown Translated by Ann Lee
161, ChangMing St, SanMin District
Hours: 12-9:30 pm
Creedit cards accepted.
MRT: Kaohsiung Train Station
If you want to step into a world far from here, head over to the Tukuyomi @ Kaohsiung Cosplay Cafe. As you approach the old-country-styled cafe, the pleasant French maid at the door asks, "How many people, Sir?" She disappears inside, and through the Old English style windows, you can see three French maids readying your table.
The walls here are adorned with painted teapots, cuckoo clocks, Japanese anime figurines, and fantastic hand-drawn art framed in elegant gold frames. Put your best artistic abilities to use in the cafe's art books, or browse what other customers have drawn in traditional anime style.
As far as food goes, the Breaded Pork on Rice (NT$130) is very tasty; it's served on shredded lettuce and roasted in a slightly sweet sauce. Curry Rice or Breaded Chicken, Beef or Pork over vegetables and rice are a pleasant way to sit back and relax (NT$130-200). Small snacks include sandwiches on a submarine bun or toast with various toppings (NT$50-80). Drinks range from tea and coffee to sodas; many beverages are served with a scoop of ice cream (NT$70-90). You can even buy some HP and MP sodas (NT$50) to drink up, Cosplay style.
While you wait, or after you're done, play some Uno or Jenga games with your friends or with the friendly staff. The television plays Japanese anime cartoons, safe for all ages. On Saturdays, test your skill against the cafe maids or other patrons on the XBox 360 game system.Come as you are, or dress up, according to their theme: Mondays are closed, Tuesdays are Cat Ears and Tail costumes, Wednesdays are Short Skirt French Maids, Thursdays are Japanese Traditional Maids (pink), Fridays are Long Skirt French Maids, Saturdays are XBox 360 game days, and Sundays are Cosplay days, where everyone wears their own special Cosplay character costume.