A good friend of ours, Heather Sievers, recently got a chance to cross the Pacific and explore Tokyo Disneyland and explore their restaurants!
Though it might be better known in these parts for the super cute snacks they offer, Tokyo Disneyland also has some pretty impressive restaurants. We got a chance to check out the Eastside Cafe, so come with us as we share our meal and thoughts with YOU!
Eastside Cafe is a table service restaurant in Tokyo Disneyland’s World Bazaar serving Italian cuisine, primarily pasta, in a prix fixe style experience. World Bazaar has the theming of early 20th century Victorian style, similar to Main Street, U.S.A., in Disney World. and Eastside Cafe really embraces those motifs as well.
The interior features rich woods and antique charm, with frosted glass partisans and various murals of Italian landscapes and maps. The deep woods, warm colors, and lighting give a cozy feeling that you’d expect from a spot with “cafe” in its name.
There are different seating areas throughout the cafe, and each table is acrylic or plexiglass partisans to provide a safe and healthy dining environment.
These dividers are secured to the tables, so you can’t remove them, which makes conversation with your dining companion a little challenging. And if you need to cut up some larger bites for your little one, well, be prepared to embrace the challenge!
Once you’re seated at your table, you can review the menu by scanning the QR code at the table…
…or on the display menu.
As we mentioned above, this is a prix-fixe dining option with a fixed price starting at 1,920 yen and up to 2,480 yen (depending on your selection) or between $13-$17 US Dollars.
Guests can choose one starter from the two options, which are Roast Beef Salad with Tuna Sauce or Mushroom and Soy Milk Soup. You then get the choice of one pasta entree from the four options of Spaghettini Carbonara with Four-Cheese Sauce, Spaghettini Genovese, Spaghettini with Meatball and Bolognese Sauce, or Spaghettini with Vegetable Tomato Sauce.
To start, we selected the Roast Beef Salad with Tuna Sauce which also came with a small, personal baguette.
It was a nice portion of thinly sliced roast beef with cherry tomatoes, a light spring mix salad, thinly sliced radishes, and cucumbers with a drizzle of tonnato sauce. Tonnato sauce is an Italian condiment often made with tuna, anchovies, lemon juice, olive oil, and mayonnaise. The roast beef was cool, and may feel a bit reminiscent of the thin slices you might grab for a sandwich, but just fancier. Yeah, bougie slices of roast beef. It’s a thing.
Next up, we ordered the Spaghettini Carbonara with Four-Cheese Sauce, because it had us at “Four-Cheese Sauce.”
If you know your pasta, then you know that carbonara is a simple dish made with pancetta or bacon, eggs, Parmesan, a little olive oil, and some salt and pepper. What the other three cheeses were, we couldn’t exactly tell you. Maybe Romano or some other hard cheese? But we can tell you it was TASTY!
Nicely al dente pasta with the salty smokiness of the pancetta, and that creamy nuttiness from the parmesan. It has sophistication without being complicated.
We also tried the Spaghettini Genovese, which is the vegetarian option.
Notice, we said vegetarian — not vegan, because look at all that CHEESE! The same pasta as our carbonara came with, but this time served with fresh basil pesto, and lightly blanched green beans, and asparagus, topped with the same nutty, delicious parmesan cheese flakes.
Though not part of the pre-fixe menu, we opted to add dessert, because when eating Italian, how can you pass up Tiramisu?
This dessert addition increased the bill a bit, but again… Tiramisu!
Nosh or Not
You might like Eastside Cafe if:
- You love classic, simple pasta
- You don’t want to spend a fortune
- You’re looking for tasty, dependable food with something for everyone
You might not enjoy Eastside Cafe if:
- You want something uniquely Japanese
- You don’t really enjoy the “stuffy” Victorian style
- You’re interested in a more intricately themed dining experience
Overall, Eastside Cafe is a solid option if want something familiar without spending a fortune. We had a filling meal of appetizers, entrees, and dessert for an out-the-door price of about $32, which is at or near the Disney World counter service prices.
If you want over-the-top theming and unique dining options, then Eastside Cafe isn’t our recommendation because there are much better options that are more uniquely “Tokyo Disney.” But it does serve up some generous portions and hits the spot if you’re in the mood for inexpensive pasta.
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