If you’re constantly hungry like myself and you’re looking for a plain meal to help you waste some time munching, this Restaurant to Another World episode is all about that: creative sandwich fillings and steamed potatoes.
Japanese Original Episode Title: サンドウィッチ / じゃがバター
Aletta, who is not very fond of potatoes (something is telling me she eats them raw out of convenience), is offered to learn how to cook them properly by the Chef. As she’s washing them up, the Nekoya’s customers start coming in, and her day at work begins. Numerous customers place their favorite orders, that have also become their nicknames, then suddenly start arguing about which one’s favorite food makes a better sandwich. It’s as pointless as it sounds. At the same time, the lion and lizard man shout orders at Aletta, who struggles to remember everything at the same time, and eventually ends her day pretty exhausted.
When everyone is gone, the chef shows her how to use steaming baskets to cook potatoes. I found that quite interesting as I have never done so myself – I usually boil and mash them. Aletta is fascinated by the process of steaming as well as by the wonderful taste a steamed potato can have by simply adding butter.
A brief switch to actual porn: Rather unnecessarily, the episode starts with some casual nudity of Aletta taking a shower. I was going to start a massive rant on why we don’t really need to see this, but let’s just say that apparently all porn works well together. Let’s add to that the fact that she refers to the Chef as Master (which is a language thing we’re going to be looking at later) and you can make up some really uncomfortable scenarios. Don’t forget to carefully rub those horns clean, girl.
Aletta’s enthusiasm: Aletta seems to be very fond of her job at all times. Whether it’s the washing up part (see what I did there), using an elevator, or washing potatoes, she does so with a smile. She’s even excited to be carrying around boxes! I particularly like the close shots of her hands gently handling food, they just make me feel happy.
The potato issue: I’m not gonna go so far as to call Aletta a potato girl, but honestly, how can you be eating potatoes in the wrong way? It’s the easiest thing to cook. You just throw it in a pot of water and let it boil through; you cannot even burn or overcook it. The only rational explanation to this is that she eats them raw.
Mind your manners: Honestly, seeing the way the customers treated her in this episode really made me sick. If you’ve ever worked as a waiter, you know what I mean. ‘Put my food through first!’ ‘Bring me another one of that!’ STFU.
Arguing over sandwich fillings: Over 10 minutes of arguing over sandwich fillings is just no content. And they’re not even saying anything original; they just literally keep repeating how much better their favorite food tastes between two slices of bread compared to everyone else’s. It felt very much like watching people arguing online – everyone was throwing completely pointless subjective arguments at each other. I thought I was going to go through a nervous breakdown. There’s only one type of ultimate sandwich, and that is the one. And, by the way, the only sandwich we got to see was in the cheapest, most tasteless type of bread there is out there: WHITE TIN LOAF. COME ON.
The elf said it: Thankfully, there is one customer left in this place that has some brain left in their heads, and that is Fardania, who refuses to join in the arguing and orders takeaway to gtfo of there as soon as possible. She is my new favorite character. And yes, it has to be the vegan.
Themes & Trivia
Master: There’s two main ways to refer to bartenders and chefs, and that’s either the more westernized マスター (master) or 大将 (taisho) which could be translated as referring to someone as ‘boss’.
Sando: Japanese short for sandwich. I know, who could have possibly imagined?
Steaming baskets: If you haven’t seen one before, you should probably give them a go. They’re easy to use and cook healthy meals. You can achieve the same results by putting some sort of metal strainer over boiling water and closing your pot with a lid. It’s probably the healthiest and easiest way to cook green veg, and they stay beautifully crunchy (if you do it properly). Rinsing them in cold water after removing them from the heat helps stop the cooking and avoid too much tenderness. This is a trick you can also use on your partner.
If you’re arguing over something, I don’t wanna know
I hope we’ll be spared another episode of characters screaming at each other over which of the Nekoya’s meals is the best. Two is already enough. I am, however, excited to try steaming potatoes and top them with butter… but that’s just me, and I honestly only care about food.
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