The collaboration cafe between The Royal Tutor (Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine) and Princess Café in Osaka finally opened its doors on 9 June 2017! Of course we had to go there and take a look for those who want to go but can’t. I am your all-things-shojo-and-bishounen reporter Martina and I visited Heine-sensei and the four princes at the Princess Café Shinkan Osaka!
For me, it is an honor to be sent to the café for you, because if you have watched The Royal Tutor, you might have noticed that a lot of it is based on or inspired by Austria and its capital city of Vienna. There is the famous Käsekrainer and Sachertorte that they eat, the café Licht works at looks a lot like Café Central or some other famous cafés in Vienna and the palace they live at definitely is Vienna’s Hofburg. I am from Vienna, and I always feel like coming home when I watch the newest episode. When they announced the Heine café with all the Austrian food to be found there, I just had to go. I had to test if they had real Austrian food. I was also looking forward to what Princess Café Osaka were planning, as their collaborations with Yuri on Ice and Pop Team Epic looked like so much fun!
The left side of the café
The right side of the café
I arrived at the café rather late, after their first day of business. My first impression was very pleasant. The cute chairs, and even the chandelier, felt like they had come straight out of the anime. Everywhere you looked were the chibi versions of the characters, drawn especially for this café. They were on the lunch mats, on the walls, and on the merchandise. A screen in the room showed either clips from the anime or the main cast. Seeing how there soon will be a musical with the exact same voice cast as the anime, it gives us fans a nice chance to get to know the voice actors while still enjoying the anime characters.
As a girl from Vienna, I had to order the Käsekrainer and Sachertorte. In Japan, sausages are quite good, but if you are from Europe, they are just not delicious enough. So, I was skeptical about how this sausage would taste – but let me tell you, this Käsekrainer was amazing! Käsekrainer are originally from Slovenia, not Austria, but as we have a close relationship to pretty much all our neighboring countries, it soon became a regular dish in Austria as well. What makes it different from any regular sausage is the melted cheese inside. The cheese was really good, and the sausage was even a bit spicy. It was just spicy enough for me, and even though they offered mustard and ketchup, it wasn’t needed. The pure taste of the sausage was perfect – which makes it obvious that it was a sausage of good quality – and it wasn’t too dry because of the melted cheese. Just be careful with your first bite! Hot cheese hurts your tongue. I learned my lesson, once again.
My only complaint with this dish was the bread. It was sweet. If you ever have been to Japan, you might know that most of the bread for sandwiches and anything else is slightly sweet. The sweetness was too strong for the spicy sausage and the cheese. Once you got used to it, it still was a delicious meal. But I would have preferred if they used ‘normal’ bread.
Don’t you like the way they presented a simple dish like this Käsekrainer hot dog?
After this, it was time to take a tiny break with the Heine Oushitsu Kyoushi Drink. Or as I would call it: strawberry soda. I wondered a little about what it had to do with Heine. I mean, strawberries? Is it because he is as small as the berries? Anyway, what makes the drink so great is the cute detail on top of the cream. Heine’s pointing stick. Made out of chocolate. If you remember Episode 9, he even mentions that ‘this rod’ is a teacher’s pointing stick when some bad guys took it from him in search of weapons. This café uses it as a detail on the drink for Heine and I loved it. All these little details were amazing. Also, there were tiny smashed pieces of strawberry swimming at the bottom in some kind of strawberry syrup. (Got enough of strawberries yet?) It was sweet but refreshing and tasted good, especially when you get to the bottom! If you don’t like sweet drinks, you might not particularly like it. But then you can still try the ‘Cafe Mittermayer Cappuccino’. I didn’t try it because I can’t handle coffee too well, but it sounds like it would be less sweet!
Heine is pouting, because you also have a pointer like him.