Sunday Jam’s Mr. Men and Little Miss Cafe, Harajuku
Sunday Jam, the Hawaiian pancake house out of Zushi, is bringing you a blast from the past at its Harajuku branch with a Mr. Men and Little Miss themed makeover. The colorful characters from the popular children’s books have taken over both the décor and the menu for a limited time.
From the street, Mr. Happy beckons you inside with his charming smile. More characters adorn the walls on the walk up the stairs. Inside you’ll find comfy seats featuring huge character pillows, and a projection screen playing out the stories in English with Japanese subtitles. Plus, there is merchandise for sale: limited-edition iPhone cases, t-shirts and tote bags.
The café has both its regular menu and one based on the characters (which is more expensive). From Mr. Strong’s fresh custard pancakes (¥1,814) to the Little Miss Princess pink berry smoothie (¥972), each includes a souvenir mug or keychain. For the mug, the staff will bring you a brand new clean one once you finish your meal. I opted for the Little Miss Sunshine walking matcha waffles—chocolate waffles infused with green tea flavor. They came gorgeously presented with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce in a Little Miss Sunshine mug. However, the waffles were decent, but not incredible.
Though the character menu is cute and well presented, the food is average. The biggest draw is definitely the nostalgia of dining among beloved childhood friends. I’d recommend enjoying the atmosphere, but ordering from the main menu instead. The cafe’s most popular item is the Honolulu pancake nuts and maple (¥1,300), but this is just one of a large selection of specialty pancakes, firmly earning Sunday Jam its spot in what’s become the pancake capital of Tokyo. There are also sandwiches, French toast and waffles from which to choose.
The Mr. Men and Little Miss collaboration is only on until September 21, 2014, so get out there while you can.
Address: 2F Lucessimo Building, 4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.