Show number two to air on my list this Summer, and one of the top ones on my list that I was looking forward to. Isekai Shokudou or Restaurant to Another World is about a cafe that serves our world’s customers on weekdays, and closes for Saturdays. However on Saturdays, the clientele shifts to people and creatures from fantasy worlds.
While fantasy isn’t my favorite genre of anime, restaurant /workplace anime are among my top three. So I figured I would give this one a try. Not much really happens in the first episode aside from the main character getting a job at this special cafe, so I really can’t say much about liking or disliking the plot and I have no idea what to expect from the next episode. Until I see more, I will withhold any kind of judgement in that department.
Now for the things I can say after just one episode. First and foremost, I like the chef at the cafe. Granted we don’t know much about him yet, but I gotta say that I have a good predisposition to chefs with large, poof-y hats. So this chef fit the bill perfectly. On that note, I think this anime is going to be a lot about the menu/food the cafe makes. For example, each time a dish worth noting was shown, the anime made it a point to say “Menu 1 ‘Beef Stew'” or something along those lines. While I have zero experience with other anime about food or cooking, I think it is safe to say that that is a common thing associated with food anime.
Aside from the varieties of food shown, there were also a number of neat fantasy creatures and characters, from dragons and their demon butlers to anime’s own Gandalf doppelganger, and our main character Aletta is a human-like demon with goat horns. So I’d say this is a show to check out if you are a lover of seeing those kinds of creatures represented in anime.
The OP and ED song were also pretty nice. I particularly enjoyed the OP’s accompanying visuals, but preferred the ED song itself more. So if anything, I’d say give this first episode a watch just for those.
That’s about all I can say this week for Isekai Shokudou, but that just means there is an going to be a much more informative episode 2 coming up next week! So I’m definitely excited for that. Thanks for reading!