There is a certain restaurant in the first basement level of a multi-tenant building in one corner of a shopping street near the office district. The historical 70-year-old restaurant, marked by a sign with a picture of a cat, is called "Western Cuisine Nekoya." This restaurant looks completely normal through the week, but on Saturdays, it opens in secret exclusively to some very unique guests. During these hours, doors in various areas of a parallel world open to allow customers of many different races and cultures into the restaurant.
Beef Stew / Breakfast Special
Minced Meat Cutlet / Fried Shrimp
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce / Chocolate Parfait
Omelette Rice / Tofu Steak
Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl / Pudding a la Mode
Sandwiches / Steamed Potato With Butter
Curry Rice / Chicken Curry
Hamburg Steak / Assorted Cookies
Fried Seafood / Melon Soda Float
Crêpes / Natto Spaghetti
Carpaccio / Curry Bun
Pork Soup / Croquettes
The premise of the show, is that once every 7 days, magical doors appear in a fantasy world, which lead to a restaurant from our world. Every episode usually starts with a bit of a backstory, about a (human or not) character, who finds their way into it. They usually start out reluctant if not apprehensive, but order some food. Once the food arrives, they invariably verbally masturbate over it, praising every aspect of its appearance, taste, smell, texture, composition, from that episode onwards refusing to try any other dish, and being nicknamed by that dish. Besides them, the only recurring characters are the cook, and his isekai helpers. The helpers are there as a very mild form of fanservice, and can be easily ignored as they have no personality. The cook himself, is.. more of a plot tool, than a character - he seems incapable of experiencing or showing emotion, and he is also unable to respond or react properly to anything but orders for food, seemingly not fully aware that his customers come in from another world, and thus might not know the words and phrases he throws at them, that they might be confused, or how to say anything but preprogrammed phrases related to ordering food and welcoming customers that fit in his likely rodent sized brain. Some of it is vaguely interesting, but some is downright questionable, like the half-episode about a lizardmen tribe sounding like a national geographic documentary, or the fact that no one but the customers ever notice the doors, even if they pop up for a day inside a slave's cell, or a castle chamber that maids likely clean regularly. It's clear that the show wasn't written to make any sense, but rather as a conduit for verbally masturbating over simple, often Japanese dishes, with everything else being but an afterthought. All in all, the show usually ranges between "a bit awkward to watch" and "painfully dull", never substantially deviating from its cheap, cringy formula, and ultimately the highest rating I can give it is: Score: 3/10 (Bad) - vigorously avoid watching
The only thing i can say currently is that the animation is nice, some characters feel like rip offs from other animes, but works with their setting. When i first started watching, i thought it was a nice otherworld story anime and actually had high expectations for it. After the fourth ep, the story seems to just repeat with new characters. A door opens up once every 7 days and they go in and drool over a dish on the chefs menu... thats it.. same thing twice an ep, every single ep.. i was hoping for something more. If i had written this, i would have had the chef transported to the other world and become a traveling chef who has to adapt to using ingredients in the new world.
What an odd Anime. The main character is not a man, a woman, or any sort of beast. The main character is the food that is served to the various patrons to this restaurant. And the story revovles around that interaction. I have just finished episode 5 of the dub, and so far there is nothing to spoil. I do wish they cover some of the backstory of this restaurant. Like the story behind the portal door. How it chooses its patrons. Unfortunately, this Anime is not for everyone. Some would find its slow pace to be a bit borring. But I am finding it quite enjoyable at the moment.
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