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Restaurant to Another World is a food porn anime. Let’s not fool ourselves. So let me help torture you further by telling you a little more about each food that appears in the anime, as well as giving you the means to make it yourself.


Episode 1

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Beef Stew

Beef stew is loved by the dragon Red in the anime, and why shouldn’t she love it? Being a large, strong dragon, a pot of hearty beef stew is just what she needs to satiate her appetite. As a basic recipe, beef stew is a thick soup usually filled with beef, potatoes, carrots and onions, and sometimes has other veggies as well. Japanese beef stew can often be found with leeks, for example.

The soup, however, is something that depends on the person. Some people use a red wine sauce, while some prefer a more simple sauce with a beef stock base. Japan prefers a sauce with a demi-glace base, which is a bit sweeter.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Demi-Glace Beef Stew
Other Recipes: Red Wine Beef Stew, Beef Stew Made With Stock


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Breakfast Set

Breakfast Set is actually known as “Morning Service” in Japan, and it’s a term referring to breakfast made completely from Western foods and drinks provided at a fairly low price. Known as “Morning” for short, this affordable meal apparently originated in places like Aichi Prefecture and Hiroshima Prefecture. The can include a variety of things, but usually is made up of things like coffee, juice, buttered toast with jam, and hardboiled or fried eggs. This simple but filling meal is perfect for Aletta in the anime, who has been hungry and homeless for some time.

If you need to know how to make the toast portion of this recipe, here’s a helpful recipe video:


Episode 2

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Minced Meat Cutlet

Known as “Menchi Katsu,” this Japanese-named dish is a fairly Western dish in its concept. “Menchi Katsu” is a fried cutlet made with ground meat, usually pork (tonkatsu) or beef (gyukatsu). While the food is sold at convenience stores in Japan and can be eaten on its own, it is usually paired with other sides like rice, cabbage, and soup. Sometimes, it is even made into a sandwich—a suggestion that caused quite a hubbub in the restaurant in a later episode of the anime. Katsu patties are usually served with a “katsu sauce” made from ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, ginger, and other ingredients.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Menchi Katsu
Other Recipes: Ebikatsu (ground shrimp cutlet)


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Fried Shrimp

Similar to the ebikatsu, the fried shrimp (ebi furai) is just that: a battered, breaded, and fried shrimp. Unlike the ebikatsu, however, the shrimp remains whole, and Japan usually uses large prawns instead of the little curly ones. There are multiple ways to do this, but the Japanese usually just use a simple batter made with egg, then cover the shrimp in flour and panko bread crumbs. The shrimp are then fried and served with either a mayonnaise sauce or katsu sauce. This dish is loved by Heinrich, who is reminded of his port hometown when he eats it.

If I were to suggest my favorite fried shrimp recipe, I would have to say coconut shrimp. It’s basically fried shrimp with a sweet coconut kick. As for dipping sauces, I suggest my own special sauce made from rice vinegar, Sriracha, corn starch, and honey.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Ebi Furai
Other Recipes: Coconut Shrimp


Episode 3

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

If you’re from the US, meatballs and tomato sauce over pasta is probably a staple from your childhood. If you didn’t have meatballs, you might have had meat sauce, which is basically the same thing with the meat chopped in. This sauce is usually made with two basic ingredients: tomatoes and ground beef.

OK, to be more specific, some of the other ingredients that can be added are onion, garlic, bay leaf, and bell peppers. The sauce can be tweaked in a variety of ways, with additional ingredients like mushrooms and red wine being a possibility, and you could even change out the ground beef for another ground meat, like lamb or pork.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Spaghetti Sauce With Ground Beef
Other Recipes:
Meat Sauce With Red Wine and Mushrooms


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Chocolate Parfait

“Parfait” is the French word for “perfect,” and this dessert is a perfect collection of flavors and textures. The Japanese parfait is quite different from the Western definition, and is actually closer to a sundae. It’s usually made up of two basic ingredients: chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. From here, a number of different toppings and fillings can be added.

Many Japanese parfaits incorporate corn flakes and stabilized whipped cream, which is basically whipped cream with gelatin added so it doesn’t melt and stays at a thick, fluffy consistency–like a cloud, which is what Princess Adelheid called the parfait in the anime. Other ingredients you can add to your parfait include jam, caramel sauce, and fruit.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Japanese Parfait Other Recipes: Stabilized Whipped Cream (to put in your parfait)


Episode 4

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Omelette Rice

A portmanteau on the words “omelette” and “rice,” “omrice” is a Western-inspired Japanese dish that is a modern staple in the country. The base is made by frying white rice with ketchup, veggies like carrots and peas, and chicken. The rice is topped with a simple omelette with no fillings.

This dish is basically the mac and cheese of Japan. It’s no wonder that it’s loved by both the children and adults of the Lizardman tribe.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Chicken Omurice
Other Recipes: Vegetarian Omurice


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Tofu Steak

Sorry, I couldn’t find a creative commons picture of an actual tofu steak, so just imagine a nice grilled top on this block of tofu with some sauce and chopped green onion. This dish is made from tofu and is marinated in soy sauce and mirin, with spices like ginger and garlic being a possible accent. Just like a steak, it is grilled on a frying pan or grilling plate.

Because most variations of this dish do not contain any animal products, it’s perfect for a vegetarian like the elf Faldania, who respects all living creatures and refuses to eat them. She is so touched by the tastiness of this dish that despite having a dislike for humans, she becomes a regular at the restaurant.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Marinated Tofu Steak
Other Recipes: Breaded Tofu Steak With Mushrooms


Episode 5

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Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl

Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl, or Katsudon–short for Tonkatsu Donburi (fried pork cutlet rice bowl)–is just that: a slice of fried pork cutlet on top of white rice. The cutlet is cooked together with egg, onion, mirin, and soy sauce among other ingredients. This softens the cutlet, but this moist texture is complimented by the stickiness of the rice. This dish also has variations with different meat on top, including beef (gyukatsudon).

The lion warrior Lionel loves this dish so much that despite it being extremely filling, he is constantly asking for seconds.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Katsudon Rice Bowl
Other Recipes: Beef Katsudon


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Pudding à la Mode

Despite its mostly French name, this dessert is most certainly Japanese. Literally meaning “Pudding in the Style,” this is basically the dessert Pie à la Mode–pie with vanilla ice cream–except replace pie with a dollop of pudding. Of course, Japanese pudding is very different from American pudding. Instead of having a creamy texture, it is more of a flan or creme caramel.

The pudding is served with a variety of fruits and of course, a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It can be topped with things like whipped cream, mint for garnish, or even cookies.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Japanese Custard Pudding (just put some fruit and ice cream around it)
Other Recipes: Hot Chocolate Pudding à la Mode


Episode 6

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Sandwich

Sandwiches: One of the most versatile foods on the market. Now, you might think I’m stupid for explaining sandwiches, but sandwiches to Japanese people are in fact, quite different than Western sandwiches. Some of the more popular ones include “katsu sandwich,” which is a pork cutlet in a sandwich with some sauce (and maybe some cabbage and tomato if you’re lucky) and “fruit sandwich,” which is fruit–for example, strawberries or kiwi–smothered in stabilized whipped cream and put in between white bread. Most Japanese people have never eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in their life.

And because these sandwiches are so versatile, this causes the customers of the restaurant to get in a fight over which dish was best served as a sandwich. Tonkatsu? Pudding? Napolitan Spaghetti (Starch on starch? Ew.)? It’s all up to you.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Fruit Sandwich (of many selections)
Other Recipes: Tonkatsu Sandwich, Spaghetti Sandwich (HOW IS THIS A THING), Italian BMT (just because it’s my personal favorite sandwich)


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Steamed Potato with Butter

This dish is famously known in Japan as “Jagabata,” which is short for “Jagaimo Butter” (Potato Butter). It’s basically the same as a baked potato, except steamed. After being steamed, it is filled with butter. Some people like putting salt or furikake–a seaweed flake seasoning–on their potato.

Aletta had originally hated potatoes because of her personal experience eating them without seasoning. And yeah, uncooked and unseasoned potatoes taste like crap. But when you have a dollop of butter and a shake of salt, the potato blooms into a rich, delicious food.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Steamed Potato (just put some butter in the inside when you’re done)
Other Recipes: Homemade Furikake (for those who can’t get it at the supermarket)


Episode 7

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Curry Rice

Curry rice was originally introduced to Japan by the British, who at the time of the dish’s introduction ruled India. From there, Japan adapted the recipe to their tastes. Curry rice has become a staple in Japanese cuisine, just like omelette rice. Curry is extremely popular in Japan, with the “Japanese curry” flavor that is much sweeter with less of an acidic kick being the most popular. Curry is so popular in Japan that it is easy to buy pre-made in metal bags that can be heated in hot water.

Japanese curry can contain a number of different ingredients, but the most popular are probably beef, potatoes, and carrots. The curry is served with a heaping helping of pure white rice. The combination of the soupy but creamy curry and the sticky rice is a festival of flavors and textures.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Japanese Beef Curry
Other Recipes: Pressure Cooker Japanese Seafood Curry


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Chicken Curry

It might surprise you to know that Japan actually has a decently-sized Indian population, leading to a lot of Indian restaurants. While Japanese curry is the most popular the table, things like chicken tikka masala and butter chicken curry have plenty of fans as well.

Curries like masala and saag have more of an acidic flavor, setting them apart from their Japanese counterparts. They’re also usually spicier. Because these curries made at Indian establishments are just that—Indian—some restaurants will provide not just white rice, but Basmati as well. Basmati is more aromatic than the white rice “Koshi Hikari” that Japan is so famous for.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Chicken Tikka Masala Curry
Other Recipes: Chicken Saag Curry


Episode 8

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Hamburg Steak

Usually known as just “Hamburg” in Japan, some people mistake “hamburger” for “hamburg.” Basically, a hamburg steak is a ground beef patty with a sweet and salty sauce on top—usually served with a side of veggies or fries. It’s somewhat similar to Salisbury steak.

That’s just the simplest version, however. There are a number of variations of this dish. Just recently, I got the chance to take a bite of an “ochazuke” hamburg—a hamburg steak filled with rice and covered in a tea sauce. Putting cheese on top (or inside) is also an option.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Hamburger Steak
Other Recipes: Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms


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Assorted Cookies

In Restaurant to Another World, the chef gives Aletta a present of boxed cookies to celebrate her finding a full-time job. The expensive gift box contains a number of cookies that are popular in Japan, including jam drops and checkerboard cookies. One of the cookies even looks like a round Milano, which is a branded kind of cookie.

The assortment of cookies is perfect for pairing with tea, which Japan is famous for loving. Tea is served at pretty much every occasion, sometimes even replacing water as the complimentary beverage at some restaurants. It’s no wonder these treats with just a hint of buttery sweetness are popular.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Checkerboard Cookies
Other Recipes: Jam Drops


Episode 9

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Fried Seafood

Fried seafood could be a number of things. Officially, an arrangement of fried seafood is called “fritto misto,” and this term originates from Italy. The plate that the dwarves eat off of includes fried fish, squid (calamari), and shellfish, and seems to be a bit more similar to bar food found in izakayas in Japan.

In Japan, fried seafood is usually served with a mayonnaise sauce. The fried seafood in the anime also seems to be made with panko instead of being battered and floured. Of course, you can mix things up by making different sauces—like a lemon garlic sauce or cocktail sauce—or make the seafood in a tempura style instead of using panko.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Panko Fried Calamari
Other Recipes: Fritto Misto, Shrimp Tempura, Fried Calamari (fried with batter instead of panko)


Melon Soda Float

Crunchyroll has lied to you… sort of. The name of this dish is “cream soda” in Japanese. The reason they changed this is because it’s freaking confusing. I actually once sat down at a restaurant, excited to order a cream soda–a soda flavored with vanilla–and was utterly disappointed to get a glass of melon soda topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I had been tricked. But the deception was quite delicious, so I decided to forgive the waitstaff for their treachery.

Yes, unlike the American cream soda, the unfortunately-named “cream soda” in Japan is melon soda—soda that kind of tastes like melon but not really—topped with vanilla ice cream. So yes, it is a soda float. If you want to replicate this recipe but don’t have an Asian market near you, you can do the same thing by putting melon-flavored syrup in sparkling water and topping it with ice cream, and maybe whipped cream and/or a cherry if you’d like. If you can’t get melon flavor, put in vanilla Italian syrup in there instead and make an actual cream soda.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Japanese Cream Soda
Other Recipes: Brown/Black Cow Float (an ice cream float with root beer or cola with chocolate syrup)


Episode 10

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Crêpes

Another Western food that has taken Japan by storm, the French crepes—thin bread sheets stuffed with either sweet or savory fillings—are now a staple amongst Japanese youth culture. Harajuku’s Takeshita Street, a street where a large amount of shops aimed at fashionable youth gather, is littered with crepe booths. It’s one of the rituals some visitors feel they have to do to really complete the Harajuku experience.

One of the most popular crepe flavors is strawberry with whipped cream, but Japan has made a ton of others, including savory crepes like tuna salad.Two flavors that have been popular as of late are creme brulee—which is custard with a burnt sugar top—and chocolate mint—which is filled with a mint cream and chocolate chips. Cream in the crepes is the slightly sweet fortified whipped cream that I’ve mentioned multiple times in this article, because it doesn’t melt or soak through the crepe.

Fillings are put on one half of the crepe, then the empty half is folded on top of the fililngs and then rolled into a cone shape, like in the photo above, which is the “Blueberry, Chocolate, and Condensed Milk” flavor, for anyone who wanted to know.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Basic Crepes
Other Recipes: Chocolate Mint Crepes


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Natto Spaghetti

Spaghetti is so popular in Japan that it’s almost a food group. By altering spaghetti sauce flavors to their taste, the pasta Japan makes is almost completely separate from its Italian counterpart. So, why not add even more Japanese-ness to the mix by mixing in one of Japan’s most famous foods: natto. Natto—fermented soy beans—is something that you either hate or love. It is very stinky, sticky, and has a distinct flavor. However, it is a healthy food, leading to many eating it for breakfast.

Natto spaghetti (not seen in the image above) is just that; spaghetti with a sauce made from natto and a few other ingredients. If you don’t put fish flakes on top, it’s the perfect vegetarian dish, even for an elf like Faldania. If you’re willing to bear with the smell, this fragrant Japanese take on an Italian dish might be for you.

Recipe Closest to the Anime: Natto Spaghetti
Other Recipes: Homemade Natto


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Restaurant to Another World is streaming on Crunchyroll with subtitles, and with an English dub on FUNimation.

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