After hiking about 20.000 steps on Saturday, I got to walk another 15.000 steps on Sunday. xD I wasn't planning on it, but all the short walks must've added up. After doing some laundry in the morning (which involved walking around the house a lot), I went grocery shopping, and after I brought my stuff home I went to the park to check if there were any flowers yet (not really... ^^;) and if the stalls for the hanami festival were already opened, before heading to the butler cafe in Ikebukuro in the afternoon.
And some were! Not everything yet, I'd say about half of them were open, I walked around the whole park, but only the ones nearest the main picnic area were open. But a lot of stalls sell the same thing, so you could already get most of the festival staples already there, like yakisoba, takoyaki and yakitori.( Read more...Collapse )
So yea, in the afternoon I went to the butler cafe. Yes, THE butler cafe. xD I wasn't planning to go there any time soon because it's just so expensive, but a friend had made a reservation for two and the person she was going to go with had cancelled, so she asked if I could come instead (And the person who cancelled already paid, so I basically got to go for free... Of course I couldn't say no to that. >w< )
It was... pretty much just as I'd expected, from everything I'd heard. What I found funny though, is that the interior kind of reminded me of my grandparents' old house. guess it's because they tried to make it an old-fashioned European kind of style and it really was! Dark wooden floors, dark wooden tables and chairs with curly ornaments, and even the tableware was really... ornate. My teacup was white with pink flowers painted on it, exactly something like my grandma would have. There was also this old longcase clock, and a cabinet filled with all sorts of porcelain, also just like at my grandparents' house. I almost felt 'at home', if not for all the hot butlers roaming around.
And they were actually really professional! Not just random boys hired for their looks (although for some that must've definitely been part of it), but actual BUTLERS, like, all sorts of people, including older ones. It felt like they were really catering to women's different preferences in men, 'cause there were a lot of different 'types'. Like the obligatory one with glasses, one with long hair, one with slicked-back hair, short ones, tall ones, etc =P And they tended to your every need as if it's the most natural thing in the world, even though it's all one big role-play, they were so natural at it that it didn't feel awkward at all.
And yes, I did end up dropping my napkin and having the butler pick it up for me. xD My friend said that it's something that some people do on purpose just to have an excuse to call the butler one more time, but mine was an accident, I swear! xD When you sit down, they drape this napkin over your lap to keep your clothes clean, but it falls off really easily if you shift in your chair only a little bit.
Other things you could call them for was to pour you tea (you got a whole pot of tea, but a tiny little cup with it, so it took about 4~5 cups to finish the pot, and they poured it for you every time. xD), or to accompany you to the bathroom (to the door, of course, not inside! xD) and of course for food! The food was pretty good, too, although served in very small amounts to make it look 'fancy'. =P
You aren't allowed to take any pictures inside, but there's pictures of the menu on the website here
After going to the cafe, we looked around Otome road a bit (or, a lot... ^^;), which is probably where I got the rest of my steps from. I didn't buy anything this time though. Although there's lots of stuff I want... I really need to save money. U.U