When life gives you Saturday class…
…you seize the rest of the day and go do something cute like eating pancake men at a cafe and taking a few hundred pictures of them.
Manatsu and I set out right after class to track down the place we wanted to go to! We’d done our research, so we were going to go to the MR.FRIENDLY Cafe (they stylise it with capitals, I’m not just being overly enthusiastic and shouting it out at you)
You won’t miss it, because the sign’s a mishmash of colours and even fonts (which I usually don’t like very much, but somehow they made it cute and completely forgivable).
The cafe’s in Daikanyama, which is a part of Shibuya. It’s very chic and classy, and I’m pretty sure it’s an expensive neighbourhood to live in (but visiting is free so that doesn’t matter haha).
The cafe even has a takeout window at the side where you can get your pancakes and drinks to take away! Not that I saw anyone actually using it, and neither were the staff paying attention to that little counter. I can’t actually imagine many people buying food there—like “I’m running late and need to rush, give me six pancake men to go.”
I got a tiramisu parfait
We took our time (almost two hours, actually…) and had a nice, easy-going lunch of pancakes and more pancakes. MR.FRIENDLY only has sweet treats and drinks (of which are all sweet, naturally), so just a heads up if you’re the kind of person who needs a savoury prelude to your dessert. You can get a sandwich from around the corner beforehand
Around the 50th picture the ice cream started to melt, but that’s the sacrifice you make for a good picture. (Food doesn’t last forever but a jpeg does)
Highlight of the meal! At this cafe the big dessert is your main course and the smaller dessert is the actually dessert haha.
Anyway, this is the pancake plate with a whole family of pancake people and a pile of apples and cream on the side, and you get your name written in chocolate sauce. Plus a little motivational message about being happy from Mr. Friendly. It’s such a simple service, but makes all the difference in your food. Honestly, all restaurants should just invest in a chocolate pen to keep handy for decorating their customers’ plate
When you’re done and happy with your meal, there’s a whole bunch of goods in front of the counter like cookies and mugs and postcards
Or if you just really liked the pancakes, you can bring them home too. They come in different flavours like plain or cocoa or honey, and are bite-sized which makes them the perfect size for souvenirs. I’m guessing they sell like hotcakes.
(…I had to)
Since a box of seven was just around 300 yen, I bought one to take homeThey’re actually really tiny and adorable.
Here’s a picture for size reference: big Mr. Friendly and little Mr. Friendly
Big Mr. Friendly is almost human size. He sat with us at our table (more like I carried him over after asking the waitress) and was very festive with his Santa hat next to the Christmas tree. Friendly reminder that it’s already December
The cafe was extra cosy and chill and I loved that it was as friendly as its whole brand identity claimed to be. Mr. Friendly does his job well
Even the doormat has so much positivity! Which people probably just step on and don’t notice(what I did the first time, basically). You could probably just stand in the doorway and read it all, as long as no one else tries to walk in.
You can check out what’s on the menu if you think you’ve got the heart for Mr. Friendly and his pancakes!
The mini pancake people look cute on my plate. I got the honey flavour and it’s deliciousI’m trying to eat them slowly because they’re so small and easy to eat. And also convenient for bringing them to places.
Like my oatmeal. Why are you in my oatmeal? Right, because I thought it was cute to stick Mr. Friendly in and give him a bath. You could practically play doll house with these.
Maybe you can tell from the 16 pictures I just threw up here, but I had a really good time at this cafe. I don’t even mind going to school on Saturday (not much, anyway…) when I can go to places with Manatsu and have fun with food and our cameras
It’s going to be Monday and the start of a new week of classes and assignments. But it’ll be Saturday again soon enoughMr.Friendly has too much positivity and I think some of it rubbed off on me.