The Hooters Restaurant has been opened in Akasaka Tokyo for a while now and it seems successful. If you’re in the area and you’re craving hot wings that remind you of the western style restaurant, then this is a good place to check out. They are also opening up a 2nd location in Ginza later in June.
The cute waitresses are a mix of Japanese and Non-Japanese women. Since it’s in a popular area the staff speaks both Japanese and English (and I heard they are paid well). One thing that makes Hooters Japan different than the restaurant chain in America is that you don’t tip. When it first opened the service was a bit slow due to people lining up outside, but now they’ve maximized staff utilization and things are moving at a steady pace. You can even make a reservation!
Set menus are available just like almost every restaurant in Japan and they often run campaigns. The prices are a bit expensive, but so are the prices at the Hard Rock Café and that didn’t stop me from ordering tons of food. If you’re not in the area or not a fan of the atmosphere but like the hot wings, you can always buy import their sauce from the U.S. and try to make your own at home.
Hooters Tokyo Address: Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 2F, 2-14-3 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014
Open: on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun from 11AM to 11PM (Last Order at 10:30PM) and then Friday from 11AM to 4AM (Last Order at 3:30AM).
It’s easy to get there! Here’s a map and here are some tips:
Ginza Line / Marunouchi Line Sotobori-Dori Exit 1min WALK
Hanzomon Line No.8 Exit Direct
Nanboku Line No.9 Exit 3 min WALK
Yuraku cho Line No.6 exit 4 min WALK
The official Hooters Japan website in Japanese and English: www.hooters.co.jp
A sight that many people see upon their first encounter with Japan is the various fake food and drink menu samples such as the one seen in the picture above that are normally displayed outside of the restaurants in showroom cases.
The samples are a big help for not only foreigners but Japanese alike when determining where to stop by to satisfy one’s appetite or quench one’s thirst.
With scalable models just as appetizing as the real thing, the plastic food/drink samples are truly works of art. In addition, they are a great way to judge whether the restaurant/bar is worthy of your hard earned cash as color faded samples or ones covered in dust are a good indication of the atmosphere and level of service on the inside.
As for where the fake food industry got its start, there is no need to look any further than Osaka – the food capital of Japan. Born exactly 80 years ago in 1932, the artificial food making industry in Japan has since exploded into what is today a $100 million industry.
If you are residing or planning to visit Japan and are looking for an experience like none other, some of the fake food manufacturers even offer fake food-making workshops on the weekends where you can learn how to make your own fake food items.
For those of you not ready to create your own menu item or not planning to visit Japan, have no fear because you can still own a piece of this interesting Japanese culture by accessing the Fake Food Japan store to view the greatest online collection of fake food merchandise available.
Here’s a sneak peak of what is available online for your viewing pleasure (left to right: iPhone case, keychain, and life-size replica).
So if you are a fan of Japan and in the market for something out of the ordinary, Japanese fake food may just hold the answer for you.