It seems that there’s a bunch of energetic cosplayers and/or weebs in Bali. This is me judging solely from the increasing amount of maid cafes that have suddenly sprouted up, usually in partnerships with local, small Japanese-style restaurants in Denpasar.
If December rains makes your day gray, perhaps you need nine school idols to lighten you up! Serving mouth-watering sushi from Zushioda, the characters of the hit anime series, Love Live! are dressed up in maid outfits and will be at your service through the dreary rain.
The Love Live!-themed maid cafe was held on 6 December 2015 at Zushioda Mahendradatta Selatan in Denpasar, Bali. It is the first ever Love Live!-themed maid cafe in Bali.
Due to a sudden heavy downpour, the maid cafe experienced a slight delay. But the wait was worth it, because as soon as the doors opened, customers were immediately greeted by the cheerful voices of the personnel of Hallow Muse, a Love Live! cosplay group in Bali.
Once the first wave of customers were seated with their respective maids, the maid cafe had officially started.
At their tables, the customers were provided with not only the companionship of a Hallow Muse member, they were also given playing cards as an activity to do while waiting for their order. Customers also had a chance to get a Polaroid photo taken with their maid of choice. And as a souvenir, they also got special exclusive trinkets from their respective maids.
The food was provided by Zushioda, which included a roll of sushi (10 pieces) and a choice of a drink. The items on the menu are named after members of Love Live!; I would have had the Nozomi-themed Giant Washi Roll and a Nico-themed drink.
The maids also provided some fan service to please the customers. Now, now, get those minds out of the gutter. It’s all safe. And of course, there’s the obligatory Nico-Maki pairing.
I got a chance to talk with the second-in-command of the maid cafe, Adit from the Love Live! Bali Nakama group. Here’s what we talked about:
So, what inspired you to start this maid cafe?
You know, we just had this crazy idea to start an event, because we saw that there are few Love Live!-related events in Bali. Honestly, it all started from a random idea, and it actually came true!
Why a maid cafe?
There are very few maid cafes held in Bali, especially ones with a Love Live! theme. We have a community that is highly interested in Love Live!, and we also have a cosplay group that likes Love Live! as well. The theme was also good, you know, Love Live with a maid cafe, so there’s that.
Has it been hard making the maid cafe a reality?
Of course. We faced many obstacles along the way. We had a hard time finding sponsors, so we all had to chip in. It was also hard assembling a team together and furthermore, motivating the team to keep on going. But in the end, we finally did it.
What do you see in the future for the maid cafe? I mean, it is the first in Bali.
In the future, I personally would like to continue the maid cafe and make it bigger, because it is the first Love Live maid cafe ever in Bali. I think as long as the community is supportive, we would be able to make it bigger.
I also got to talk with one of the customers after their session was over. Here’s what Angga and I talked about:
What did you think about the maid cafe?
I thought it was a really fun experience. Most maid cafes that I’ve visited are rather strict with their rules and the atmosphere is rather rigid, but this maid cafe was really different. The maids were fun and they were really friendly. It’s like the “barrier” between customer and maid is really thin.
Do you think the maid cafe can be improved?
So far, the maid cafe was very good. I just felt that the session should have been longer, because one hour feels too short for me.
To end a good day at the maid cafe, the members of Hallow Muse sang the song Wonderful Rush as the customers exited. Now that’s a great antidote for a boring rainy day! When they came out, the rain had already stopped, so what else to do than a group picture?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored event post written as part of my partnership as media partner with the Love Live! community in Bali.
Valentine’s Day has passed, but love is still in the air! Yesterday, I got the chance to finally ask a girl out on a date. I took her to this particular maid & butler cafe, which was coincidentally managed by a good friend of mine. But despite the friendship status, I still had to pay for my dinner. I’ll be doing a short review of the place. Also, since photography was not allowed in the venue, I’ve already asked permission from my good friend to use his photos.
Okay, first things first. Dream Chamber Maid & Butler Cafe is a rather young entrepreneurial initiative in Bali. Like most maid cafes, they specialize in providing plebeians with experiences only royalty can enjoy at a reduced price. The cafe itself was only open on 14-15 February 2015 from 4PM-10PM at Jalan Nakula, Denpasar.
On to the review! In this review, I rate the venue, food, service and gimmicks, and replay value on a scale from 1 to 10.
Venue (7/10): It’s okay. A tad cramped though, but nice interior design.
A week prior to the event, the manager and I talked about the design and location of the venue. He told me that the place would be quite small. And yes, it was. There were only six available tables, most of them only capable of seating two, meaning that only twelve persons could be served at a given time.
However, I didn’t let the small space bother me because the interior design of the place was classy and sophisticated. Staying true to the Valentine spirit, roses and ribbons were the main decorations. They weren’t so liberal with the amount though; I guess there wasn’t enough in the budget. As for the furniture, don’t you think that those chairs and table really mix well with the classy atmosphere? The maids and butlers were also well-dressed.
On the wall, there was a small shelf used to place a pair of speakers. They should have covered it with something because that one detail really puts off the neatly designed room.
Food (6/10): Normal in every way possible.
When I first saw the menu released online a week prior to the event, my sweet tooth told me to go eat a whole fucking parfait. Fuck diabeetus, I just HAD to have that parfait!
When the parfait was in front of me, I was kinda disappointed. I wasn’t that big, it had way too much whipped cream and too little ice cream and bananas, and a bit too many corn flakes and condensed milk at the bottom. The portion was rather fine though, but it still couldn’t satisfy my manly stomach.
My date had an omelette rice (omuraisu; for the weebs) set. For the sake of romanticism, she spoon-fed me a few times. The rice was typical Indonesian fried rice with ketchup, not soy sauce, mixed with little chunks of green bell pepper. The omelette itself was rather bland; I guess they forgot to add salt.
For drinks, since we both ordered sets, our drinks were cups of Earl Grey tea. I’ve had Earl Grey occasionally, so it was nothing new to me. After taking a sip, I suddenly became British for an hour.
Service and Gimmicks (8/10): A maid cafe prides itself in service. Dream Chamber knows their shit.
If you’re complaining about the ridiculous prices attached to maid cafes, you need to consider what you’re getting. You’re not paying for food; you’re paying for service. And that’s an area where Dream Chamber excels.
As soon as we entered, we were greeted by two handsome (#NoHomo) butlers. Then, they sat us at a table. Then came a maid who gave us our menus and took our orders. After a short wait, our tea came and we had our tea elegantly poured by two maids. They even blessed the tea with hopes and wishes.
Around ten minutes later, my date got her omelette rice. The maid who delivered her omelette rice was, arguably, the BEST maid at the establishment. I think her name was Asuka. She interacted with my date in such a friendly manner to the point where I sat there fantasizing yuri shit between them. The maid then wrote and drew some stuff on the omelette and plate and then left gracefully.
The maid who delivered my parfait wasn’t as friendly as the maid my date got, but since I’m a stiff motherfucker, I didn’t quite care.
My date and I were left with our meals. We spent around two hours talking about random shit. Just as we finished our talk, Asuka returned to our table and asked us to play a game. Game my ass, she quizzed us with classic Japanese history. Out of 3 questions, I only got 1 right. But it was all fun.
Oh, for the gimmicks, each of us got two postcards of cosplayers who have agreed to contribute to the event. Behind the postcards were handwritten Valentine messages. Yay, I guess.
I also forgot, there was a live violin performance by an acquaintance of mine. She really did her best in adding to the lovely atmosphere of the venue, especially when she did her rendition of Karuta’s Ichiban no Takaramono. Damn, that song makes me cry every fucking time.
Replay Value (7/10): I’d come again. But only under certain conditions.
Seriously, I would come again if they decide to hold another event. I really enjoyed the service the maids and butlers provided and also the classy atmosphere of the venue. But I do hope they find a bigger venue and go loud with the decor. And perhaps add more live entertainment.
A really great event held at the perfect time! I hope they make this an annual event.
And that concludes the first time I’ve ever reviewed a dining establishment! See you next time whenever I get called on to review something!