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Detective Pikachu is on the Case (and Menu)!

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Living in Japan teaches you to be patient, and not because of any Zen philosophy or harmony with the natural world. No, the real reason being in Japan cultivates a spirit of unhurried stoicism is because we generally only get blockbuster movies weeks, or sometimes even months, after the rest of the world.

But we’re getting a rare case of good luck with the live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu movie, which is debuting in Japan on May 3, 2019, a full week ahead of the U.S. What’s more, roughly a week before that Tokyo’s Pokémon Café, in keeping with its spirit of continual evolution, will begin offering new Detective Pikachu menu items!

Starting things off is the Detective Pikachu Macaroni and Cheese (¥1,706, or about US$15.40), with the Pika-sleuth’s slightly jagged form being a deliberate choice by the café’s chefs to recreate the “scruffiness” of the CG Pikachu that Ryan Reynolds voices in the film.

Despite the name, though, the Detective Pikachu Macaroni and Cheese looks less like the staple of hungry/lazy American college kids, and more like the baked cheese and pasta dish called “gratin” in Japan. It’s also made with three different kinds of cheese, which, while not specified as such in the official description, you could take as a coincidental symbol of the Pokémon franchise moving into a third medium, live-action film, following its success in anime and video games.

In the drink department, there’s the new Detective Pikachu Electric Shock? Float (¥1,274), which is a mixture of lemon soda, ice cream and tingly Pop Rocks-style candy, plus a zig-zagging Pikachu tail cookie.

And if you’re extra-hungry, there’s the Detective Pikachu and Psyduck Combo (¥2,570), with the pairing chosen because, according to the Pokémon Cafe, Psyduck has a pretty big role to play in the Detective Pikachu movie (though it isn't clear what exactly the edible Psyduck is).

Finally, there’s also a new latte art lineup, with your choice of the Detective Pikachu CG versions of Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, Psyduck or Mr. Mime (¥756).

The Pokémon Café will also have special Detective Pikachu placemats and coasters available until May 31, 2019, or while supplies last!

The café will start serving the Detective Pikachu menu items on April 27, 2019, and they’ll be part of the menu until June 30.

Restaurant Information
Pokémon Cafe / ポケモンカフェ
Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi 2-11-2, Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. East Building 5th floor
東京都中央区日本橋二丁目11番2号 日本橋髙島屋S.C.東館 5階
Open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Source, Images: Pokémon Café

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