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“A Great Introduction To Maid Cafes”
Review of At-Home Cafe

At-Home Cafe
Ranked #67 of 8,177 Restaurants in Chiyoda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$31
Cuisines: Cafe
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Good for: Groups, Romantic
Neighbourhood: Kanda, Akihabara, Ochanomizu
Description: This is “@home cafe”, a maid cafe located in Akihabara. Please be aware that our maids don’t hand out flyers on the streets. You can easily find the cafe by the pink heart-shaped logo. All the maids are waiting at the cafe for you-my dear masters and princesses!
Reviewed 25 June 2018

This was our first maid cafe and we loved it so much we went a second time before leaving Tokyo. There's multiple floors to choose from as well as a gift shop (though the gift shop didn't seem like it was always open). The maid were really friendly, and the show they put on was adorable. It felt more 'friendly' than some of the others we were at, insofar as there were fewer upcharges so we never felt ripped off. There are English menus and the maid all tried their best to speak English too. The drinks and desserts were amazing. The meals weren't bad at all, but you could probably find something better (but not nearly as cute) elsewhere in Akihabara, so come for the experience and the sweets. You even get a free membership card! Highly recommended!
It gets busy, though. I would recommend arriving at open (around 11, usually) before the rush starts.

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1  Thank perrylunageno
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

@Home takes up the better part of an entire building, with the restaurant area on floors 4-7. Take the stairs to more easily see how the lines for each floor are. I don't know what the difference is (if any) for each floor, but we went to floor 6. We waited maybe 20-30 minutes before getting seated; this was around 3pm on a Sunday. By the time we left shortly after 4, the lines were twice as long so you could wait up to an hour or more.

You can choose from a drinks-only, entree+drinks, dessert-drinks, or entree-drink-dessert combo. All combos come with a photo of you with a maid. The drinks are all nonalcoholic. The desserts look very very cute but are also incredibly sweet. And no, none of the options are cheap, but you're not really going to a maid cafe if you're on a budget, right?

There are a few maids who spoke some English, including one that was fluent who told us she was a space alien. I assume Japanese-speakers also get weird stories like that with their maids.

Upon being seated, you get a "license card" and the maid walks through the menu with you. The menus were mostly in Japanese with tiny English subtitles. You do not get time to look over the menu much and you need to order all drinks, entrees, and desserts on the spot. When you get your food, the maid will usually ask to draw an animal on it. We used Google translate for this, since our Japanese is pretty limited and we didn't understand the question of "I would like to make this drink more beautiful. What animal should I draw?" After the animals, you do a cutesy chant with the maid, and then you can eat. It's fun.

You are called on stage to take your picture with the maid. You get to wear bunny or cat ears. We were also lucky enough to see a song and dance performance by the maids, which was great! No idea what the schedule on the dances are; we only saw one.

We found the food and drinks to be fine. Quality and price is what I expected. All in all, this was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend it!

1  Thank Lacey J
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

Quite interesting and unique night for the family. The kids had fun interacting with the maids aka waitress that serves food with games and entertainment. Food and drinks are a bit pricey but tasty and cute designs. Gets crowded. A nice experience when in Japan.

Thank Fritzie M
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

The place, packed from floor four to seven of its building in Akihabara, is like a sleezy fantasy that hasn't quite been realised yet. You're called "Master" or "Princess", and the maids are supposed to wait on you hand and foot, though there's no touching, pictures allowed to be taken of the girls, or asking anything personal about them. In a sense, while I wouldn't feel comfortable if my daughter (if I had one) working here, it seems there's that safety scheme in place for the girls.

You're forced to pick a girl from a menu to have a picture taken with once you don a prop - which is weird when you're dining with your wife - and you have to mimic cutesy actions and words to place your order of food which is quite frankly awful.

That being said, it was a bizarre experience, and the locals love it - both male and female of all ages - and they proudly wave their loyalty cards that allow them lift their status on each visit. I was more in a state of uncomfortable smiling for the hour-long limit you have.

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Thank Ross G
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

If you visit, you’ll know why I wrote cuuute. This is one of the reasons why people visit Japan: for the culture. Yes, it was quite weird but also very fun and, well, different. The food wasn’t that great and a bit expensive, but the overall experience was great. People can literally pay to play games with the maids (waitresses) and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to see the show which again is really cute. You can only stay an hour, at least on the floor we went to. You will not regret it!

Thank Matteo G
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