To all cosplayers, anime lovers, artists, gamers, students, and young at hearts out there, here's a great place to bond and chill and play and eat and enjoy your Japanese fanaticism more. Tomo Cafe in Nasipit, Talamban is a new maid and butler cafe that features a French-cottage theme and Japanese-speaking staff. Why combine French and Japanese, you ask? Well, the maid and butler concept was adapted by the Japanese people from the French influence. This is precisely the reason Tomo Cafe looks half Japanese and half French.
The word “Tomo” by the way is a short term for “tomodachi”, a Japanese word that literally means friends, making it a perfect name for a cafe that aims to let groups of friends play, laugh, relax, spend quality time, and share good food together. Aside from playful decorations, the cafe is equipped with board games and books that customers can use for free any time they wish. They also show and play Japanese shows and songs to make the setting even more fitting to the theme.
Another great thing about this new cafe is that they support local artists, both known and aspiring. A proof of this is their very own gallery or exhibit area that showcases various artworks and toys, which are for sale.
Their exterior, on the other hand, boasts of a green lawn that's furnished with a wide seating area, perfect for intimate events like birthday parties and baby showers.
To complete the whole manga theme of the cafe, the staff dress like maids and butlers and speak in Japanese and English. Some of their common lines are “arigato” which means “thank you” and “mata ne” which means “see you again”. They also use their Japanese names when introducing themselves to guests.
Speaking of latte art, the cafe serves on-the-house latte complete with the adorable art and the cute utensils. They also offer a wide range of drinks, and one of their coffee specialties named “Zebra Mocha” tastes really good. Their Japanese menu has sorts of teas, milkshakes, classic coffees, and chocolate drinks. They also serve pastries, burgers and sandwiches, pastas, and rice meals that are freshly cooked by their very own chefs.
Tomo Cafe is still on a dry run this week, and their soft opening will take place this Saturday, May 24, 9:00 AM-10:00 PM. There will be a program from 3 to 6 PM, and a 10% discount will be offered to all attendees. Cosplayers may also come in their creative outfits to enjoy a 20% discount and get a chance to win in their Cosplay Contest! For more details about their soft opening, log in to https://www.facebook.com/events/556262624486390/ or Tomo Cafe's official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TomoCafeTalamban).
(Credits to Deby Marianae Gilos for the photos above.)
Tomo Cafe was generous enough to grant the Everything Cebu team a discounted lunch in their cozy cafe, and since we were thrilled by the invite, we didn't miss the chance to take lots of photos!
The team ordered Okonomomiyaki, Omu Rice, Carbonara, Omu Burger, cold Chocolate Royale, hot Turtle mocha, and a coffee latte. Again, their talented barista, Sempai (his Japanese alias), showcased his latte art skills, and this time, he drew the words "Everything Cebu" just for us! THANK YOU One of their butlers, Natsu (still a Japanese alias), was also very amiable while taking our orders. Kudos to you, guys!
Aside from their friendly and skillful staff, Tomo Cafe takes pride in their cozy setting and playful environment. Here are some more nice pictures of the place:
To get an idea about their food and prices, check out our complete menu:
Tomo Cafe also has a range of special activities, events, and promos in store for their customers!
- Any time of the month, if you visit in cosplay, you get 10% discount.
- If you cosplay the theme for the month, you get to enter the FB contest wherein your pic will be uploaded and the person with the most likes at the end of the month wins 1,000 pesos.
- Trivia night every Tuesdays, 8:30 PM.
- There's also an SPFX Make-up Tutorial with Ms Liana Uy from Academy of Makeup Australia. Details can be read in their official event poster below.
They also have some collectibles for sale, such as contact lenses, anime magazines, and toys. You can find a few of their cool products here.
Tomo Cafe is open from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM, and for a complete public transit instruction, refer to this
page. You can never go missing if the landmark that you keep in mind is Nasipit Commercial Plaza; right next to it (right side if you're coming from the downtown area) is the all-white gate of the cafe. If you are going there with your own ride, on the other hand, don't hesitate to go in directly for the cafe has a parking space at the back. Need more info? Visit their official FB page at https://www.facebook.com/TomoCafeTalamban or call them through these numbers: 0917-566-2005, 0917-323-3450, 0943-612-0100
Again, arigatou gozaimasu (meaning "thank you") for the delicious lunch and warm welcome, Tomo Cafe! Looking forward to our next visit. 😉