Praise the sun – the Dark Souls Cafe is all I hoped it would be…

Praise the sun – the Dark Souls Cafe is all I hoped it would be…

 

“Thou who art undead, are chosen, in thine exodus from the apartment – maketh pilgrimage to the land of the Dark Souls cafe. When thou ringeth the Service Bell of the Waiter, the taste of the undead menu thou shalt know.”


Wow. As a true Dark Souls fiend, I can honestly say that the Dark Souls Cafe is WELL worth the visit. So much so that I have been twice already and have a third visit planned hah!

The Cafe is located 10 minutes walk from Roppongi Station, in Nishiazabu.

Just off the main road, darkness awaits!

Just off the main road, darkness awaits!

Usually the place is know as Oz Cafe, an Australian bar and restaurant, but until April the place has been completely transformed, littered with Dark Souls paraphernalia in every nook and cranny. I must say that as I approached the cafe for the first time, my heart was aflutter with serious Dark Souls obsessive excitement! As I swung open the door I was greeted by Great Grey Wolf Sif’s theme from the Dark Souls soundtrack booming – yes, I. HAD. ARRIVED. I quickly rested by the bonfire to save my progress.

Here is the view from outside at night...

Here is the view from outside at night…

Opposite the bar there is a bonfire on display, surrounded by trinkets, weapons, a chest (which you can place your feedback card into), as well as a chalkboard with which you can leave future undead messages – “Don’t eat the dung pie”, “Imminent despair” etc! Right next to this stands the COOLEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN – a life size, Dark Souls II statue of the protagonist featured in the trailers and art for the upcoming game. This thing is EPIC, and super formidable. This would look great in my house… now how to get it out of here unnoticed?

With fire came disparity.... heat and cold, life and death, and of course... light and dark.

With fire came disparity…. heat and cold, life and death, and of course… light and dark.

ここた!血が出た!"Here! Blood was spilled!"

ここた!血が出た!”Here! Blood was spilled!” “Lever”

Amazing, amazing, amazing.

Amazing, amazing, amazing.

Some dork with the statue to give you a sense of how HUGE this guy is.

Some dork with the statue to give you a sense of how HUGE this guy is.

The cursed...

The cursed…

The statue stood atop this uber epic Dark Souls II base. Argh, I MUST HAVE THIS.

The statue stood atop this uber epic Dark Souls II base. Argh, I MUST HAVE THIS.

Also on display was the Collectible that comes with the Japanese special edition of Dark Souls II – a velvet lined wooden chest containing highly detailed replicas of weapons featured in the game. I can tell you that without a doubt, I will pre-ordering this edition along with my Western Collector’s edition for these replicas alone. Worth ï¿¥14,220? Yep, every single yen, in my opinion. The replicas themselves look fantastic, and the case looks AMAZING!

OH...

OH…

MY...

MY…

 

GOD. DO WANT.

…GOD. DO WANT.

There was all manner of Dark Souls goodness spread through the cafe – summoning signs on the floor, amazing Dark Souls II concept art on the walls including a HUGE map of the Dark Souls II world, barrels of weapons and bucklers, a huge display above the bar showing Dark Souls II trailers and footage – this is Dark Souls heaven.

ただいま!I am HOME!

ただいま!I am HOME!

 

I want these banners in my house.

I want these banners in my house.

Leave your weapons at the door to avoid backstabs while eating...

Leave your weapons at the door to avoid backstabs while eating…

March 14th can't come fast enough!

March 14th can’t come fast enough!

 

A helpful message... or perhaps a warning? Or maybe the old classic "try jumping"?

A helpful message… or perhaps a warning? Or maybe the old classic “try jumping”?

Plenty of seating down the back too, for all the weary souls of Lordran.. uh.. Tokyo.

Plenty of seating down the back too, for all the weary souls of Lordran.. uh.. Tokyo.

There were a bunch of AMAZING framed prints - unfortunately this is the only one I could photograph without a tonne of glare. Absolutely beautiful. From/Namco should release a set of prints of concept art. I woudl buy them in a heartbeat.

There were a bunch of AMAZING framed prints – unfortunately this is the only one I could photograph without a tonne of glare. Absolutely beautiful. From/Namco should release a set of prints of concept art. I would buy them in a heartbeat.

This map was HUGE.. you dont' really get a sense of scale here, but I would say 3 meters across?

This map was HUGE.. you don’t really get a sense of scale here, but I would say 3 meters across?

A close up of the map. Like everything else here, I want this in my house!

A close up of the map. Like everything else here, I want this in my house!

After wandering around in a stupor for 5 minutes taking photos of everything, I sat down and checked out the menu. The menu itself was fantastic, a velvet covered tome with gold embossed logo. It felt hefty, much like a tome you might find in The Duke’s Archives. Unfortunately the menu is in Japanese, which can be a problem if your Japanese isn’t up to par! However, there are small pictures next to most items, so you can see what Dark Souls item the drink or dish correlates to. I immediately ordered an Estus flask, as I needed to replenish my HP after the long and harrowing journey (the Estus flask was a citrus and beer cocktail – very delicious!)

Seriously, this menu was a thing of beauty. I am certain that Seath the Scaleless has read this very book..er.. menu himself.

Seriously, this menu was a thing of beauty. I am certain that Seath the Scaleless has read this very book.. er.. menu himself.

Of course I took the placemat home with me haha

Of course I took the placemat home with me haha

I wanted to order everything, but was a little limited with being vegan. So instead, I tried most of the drinks!

I wanted to order everything, but was a little limited with being vegan. So instead, I tried most of the drinks!

The HP restoring and uber delicous Estus Flask!

The HP restoring and uber delirious Estus Flask!

For my second trip I partook in some jolly cooperation with my girlfriend, so was able to try more items! We also tried out the cursed Sealed Sun (or 封じられた太陽) tequila cocktail and the Soul Spear soda cocktail (or 乱れるソウルの槍). I was kinda limited on the food side of things as I am vegan, but did try the Healing Dark Beans or 闇豆の丸薬 (originally created by Elizabeth of Oolacile – temporarily boosts your abilities) and the Sweets of the Darkness or 闇菓子 (made by the dark powers, if you eat them, you will be able to contain the black flames inside of your stomach – haha!)

The Sealed Sun was a cursed cocktail - and SUPER strong! :P

The Sealed Sun was a cursed cocktail – and SUPER strong! 😛

The Soul Spear soda cocktail was delicious, and non alcoholic too!

The Soul Spear soda cocktail was delicious, and non alcoholic too!

The Healing Dark Beans were peanuts roasted in the shell, and were actually black inside.

The Healing Dark Beans were peanuts roasted in the shell, and were actually black inside.

The Sweets of the Darkness were SUPER DELICIOUS! Half were sweet, and the other half were super spicy! They definitely helped contain the black flames inside my stomach.

The Sweets of the Darkness were SUPER DELICIOUS! Half were sweet, and the other half were super spicy! They definitely helped contain the black flames inside my stomach.

There were also some nice bonuses – I got given a fantastic Dark Souls II poster and complementary coaster – there are 6 to collect so I will be back!

Half way there... gotta catch 'em all!

Half way there… gotta catch ’em all!

It was time for me to depart into the despair outside. My visit to the Dark Souls cafe was brief, but being surrounded by other weary travellers (or fellow Dark Souls maniacs) for a spell was a much needed respite. As I departed, I heard the all too familiar, dread inducing sound – an invader – and a familiar one at that! I knew I would be back at the bonfire in no time – minus my humanity…

I always knew my cat Gomez was an evil spirit...

I always knew my cat Gomez was an evil spirit…


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13 comments on “Praise the sun – the Dark Souls Cafe is all I hoped it would be…”


  1. Emergence says:

    Awesome read! Thanks for putting this together, had me chuckling a few times!

  2. Superdude100001 says:

    Why does everybody live in Tokyo.? Why don’t I live in Tokyo?

  3. Fexelea says:

    This is such a great article! Your pictures are great and now I know I’ll have to go just to taste that Soul Spear. Thank you very much for taking the time and sharing this with everyone~!

  4. GrinTwist says:

    I scrolled right past the food, all it would do is make me hungry. Don’t need that right now, but great article!

  5. tigab95 says:

    That Soul spear looks so delicious ~ Im jelly

  6. ManatuBear says:

    Vegan666, there are no words in this world to express how much i hate you right now….
    GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  7. I need someone to make a Soul Spear clone recipe THIS INSTANT since there’s no way in hell I’m getting there

  8. vegan666 says:

    Thanks for reading guys, and the opportunity to contribute Fexelea! Yes, living in Japan is this awesome haha.

  9. Serafiem says:

    Dude, I drink all my water out of glass. We need Estus Flasks. I would buy six of them.

  10. Ahhotep1 says:

    Totally Awesome article! Outstanding pics! Thank You so much!
    I am getting the Collectors Edition. XD

    The miniatures are exquisite!

  11. Anonymous says:

    my roomate’s mom makes yummy yummy cake. She has been without a job for six months which is a shame because she was hoping to get a job at the café making yummy yummy cake. use this link to the past, because that game was pretty awesome. There’s a really good heavy metal version of the dark world theme I’d share with everyone but it’s kinda off topic here. Anyway, wasn’t the café article neat? I really enjoyed it and still want that recipe for the Soul Spear drink

    Edits in glowing blue courtesy of Skarekrow13

  12. Anonymous says:

    hey

  13. Avatar DarkNoobz says:

    so, mega necro bump, lol. does anyone have an english translation of the whole menu?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Totally Awesome article! Outstanding pics! Thank You so much!
    I am getting the Collectors Edition. XD

    The miniatures are exquisite!

  15. Avatar Serafiem says:

    Dude, I drink all my water out of glass. We need Estus Flasks. I would buy six of them.

  16. vegan666 says:

    Thanks for reading guys, and the opportunity to contribute Fexelea! Yes, living in Japan is this awesome haha.

  17. Avatar skarekrow13 says:

    I need someone to make a Soul Spear clone recipe THIS INSTANT since there’s no way in hell I’m getting there

  18. Avatar ManatuBear says:

    Vegan666, there are no words in this world to express how much i hate you right now….
    GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  19. Avatar tigab95 says:

    That Soul spear looks so delicious ~ Im jelly

  20. Avatar GrinTwist says:

    I scrolled right past the food, all it would do is make me hungry. Don’t need that right now, but great article!

  21. Avatar Fexelea says:

    This is such a great article! Your pictures are great and now I know I’ll have to go just to taste that Soul Spear. Thank you very much for taking the time and sharing this with everyone~!

  22. Avatar Superdude100001 says:

    Why does everybody live in Tokyo.? Why don’t I live in Tokyo?

  23. Avatar Emergence says:

    Awesome read! Thanks for putting this together, had me chuckling a few times!

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