I watched this episode of Restaurant to Another World while eating aglio olio e peperoncino, homemade, and probably what I would be named if I was regularly eating there. It only seemed appropriate, even though they haven’t served any Italian dishes just yet.
Japanese Original Episode Title: メンチカツ / エビフライ
The treasure hunter Sarah Gold is following her ancestor’s diary trying to find lost treasures. In her quest, she comes across the Nekoya’s door, and is greeted by Aletta and the Chef, who after a brief introduction, serve her her ancestor’s favorite (which also happens to be the day’s special): minced meat cutlets. Sarah is of course stupefied by the quality of the food and orders seconds. In the episode’s second segment, Tatsugoro, a regular Nekoya customer, visits the hero knight Heinrich Seeleman, and returns his sword, which he had left in the Nekoya to vouch for his return, because on his first visit he carried no money. Being in the rush, he failed to understand that the Nekoya only appears once a week and had no way going back there to pay, retrieve his sword and of course, enjoy some fried shrimp.
Episode structure: A customer from another world walks in. They are introduced to the mannerisms of Western cuisine. They order. They try the food. They’re amazed and verbally give a very detailed explanation of how the food tastes. Then they try the sauce and they’re even more shocked at the excellence of the dish. They order seconds. The end.
Food talk: The experience of consuming the Chef’s food couldn’t be better described mot accurately but by paralleling it to sheer pornography. The guests give extreme details on the food (even though they haven’t got a single clue on how it’s made) and give vivid imagery in an effort to explain to the viewer what eating this feels like. Just like pornstars talk about… well, whatever is happening to them? You know.
Action scenes: I find the plot very irrelevant to the purpose of the anime. I guess there needs to be a way to fill up the episode up until the food scene but it seems forced and a bit uninteresting. Plus, the animation budget doesn’t seem to be favoring action scenes: both the brief battle between Sarah and the goblins and the story of how Seeleman’s army was overwhelmed by the flying moth invaders are stretching the show to an unnecessary level.
Names of people and food: Even though I noticed in the previous episode, in this one it’s more apparent that Nekoya’s customers are being referred to by their favorite dishes’s name.
Planet munch: The moon on the other world seems to have a huge bite on it, and doesn’t seem to be a random choice. Nice!
Themes & Trivia
Water on the table: Do they serve table water in your country? In mine, same as in Japan, tap water is placed on the table the moment you sit down. On the other hand, in places like Switzerland, there’s restaurants that actually charge you when you don’t order any drinks. Yes. I was shocked.
The noble guy who takes everything too seriously and annoys everyone: Sir Seeleman, in this episode. Standard attitude of an anime protagonist. Please just calm down and shut up. And eat.
Ebi-Furai: Possibly the peak of human civilization. Much as I am uninterested in any meat that needs to be cooked beyond rare, I am a complete sucker for seafood, and thankfully, most fast food shops sell chicken instead of shrimp because I would weigh as much as a baby elephant. Hint: that’s 200 pounds. All hail fried shrimp.
Skip the action, show us more food! Isn’t that what the show is all about? I’m more interested in what is happening inside rather than outside the Nekoya. That ‘other world’ seems a bit abstract. Also, is there going to be any romance including the Chef? I do hope so.
I need more ebi furai in my life
I think that I could eat this everyday forever, no problem. I am looking forward to see what the Chef will be cooking in the next episode. Sigh.
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NEXT TIME: Meat Sauce / Chocolate Parfait (ミートソース / チョコレートパフェ)