It’s been a tough month for "Final Fantasy" fans, what with the news that "Final Fantasy VII Remake," a game fans have been asking for for roughly 20 years, isn’t going to make its initially planned March 3 release date, and is instead being pushed back to April 10. But if you’re the kind of person who takes solace from sadness in food and drink, you’re in luck, as two "Final Fantasy VII Remake" cafes are set to open in Japan in February.
Both will be pop-ups at the Square Enix Cafes, one of which is the relocating and grand-reopening branch in Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood, and the other in Osaka.
The New Square Enix Cafe Tokyo promises 50-percent more seats than the previous location, which was already an awesome place to eat.
The cafes will have full menus inspired by the "Final Fantasy" franchise’s best-loved arc, with the previewed food items so far including a fruit parfait evocative of flower seller (no spoilers!) Aerith and a Moogle sweet bean bun.
The stars of the drink menu are a pair of non-alcoholic cocktails saluting "Final Fantasy VII’s" rivals with extra-long hair and oversize swords. The Cloud drink is a refreshing mix of pine juice and lemon gelatin (colored black, like the darkness that lurks in the hero’s heart), while the Sephiroth’s “bewitching flavor” comes from pomegranate syrup and ginger. Naturally, they’re garnished with a Buster Sword and Masamune, respectively.
Drink and food orders will also get you special character art coasters or place mats. While the “Cloud brooding and holding his sword in profile” pattern can be found at either cafe, others will be exclusive to Tokyo or Osaka, with the Osaka designs shown below.
Just like "Final Fantasy VII Remake" is going to be a multi-game story, so too are the cafes going to go through stages, offering one menu from Feb 8 to March 17, and another from March 18 to April 24. Reservations open on Jan 30, and can be made online through the Square Enix Cafe websites.
Sources: PR Times, Square Enix Cafe
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