Let’s face it, SaGa is a pretty old game series. It’s been around for over 30 years now, in fact, which makes it older than some of the people that are reading this article. But 30 is something to celebrate, not something to hide, and SaGa is doing just that.
What better way to celebrate a game’s 30th anniversary in Japan than with a collaboration cafe? And SaGa is getting one at its parent company’s very own cafe in Akihabara, the Square Enix Cafe. That means a full menu of themed foods, drinks, and desserts is awaiting SaGa fans in the heart of one of Tokyo’s biggest otaku neighbourhoods; and that doesn’t even mention the merchandise and free stuff. Interested? Keep reading to find out more about the SaGa 30th Anniversary Cafe at Square Enix Cafe!
SaGa 30th Anniversary Cafe Info
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1-6-1 Akihabara, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0025
Nearest train line(s)
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|Hours of Operation|| Time and days|
Sunday-Saturday, October 31st - December 4th, 2020
There are many different choices of main dish, dessert, and drinks available at the SaGa 30th Anniversary Cafe, and each one is themed after a character or concept from the franchise. For a main dish, you can order a super spicy curry simply called “Eradication” that is a fiery red colour, black squid ink pasta with bright red tomatoes decorated with swords and Joe’s helmet, or interestingly a Caesar salad called “final battle” that encourages you to pour anima (dressing) on it to unleash the special attack technique - and that’s just a few choices.
Moving on from a main, you’ll definitely want to save room for dessert. There are two choices: the first is a waffle cup over oranges that you’re meant to break with the chocolate brownie on top of it, and the second is a fruity parfait with Amor’s cute face on it.
There are also a lot of drinks to choose from, which is great since you may want to get more than one to get plenty of free gifts (which we will talk about in just a moment). There’s a cafe latte with a pixel-art lightbulb to give you inspiration, “sewer water” that is actually iced tea and matcha topped with tapioca, soda and berry jelly to represent Joe’s fire attacks, and a very fancy holy grail wine with a flower in it to name a few. If you can afford it, definitely try to get more than one because they all sound delicious!
Any themed drink or food that you order at the SaGa 30th Anniversary Cafe comes with a free random coaster! These coasters are always delivered upside-down, so you never know what you’re going to get - but that’s part of the fun. Most of the food also comes with a free mini-poster, which will be given to you when you pay for your meal. If you are lucky and get your favourite character on your coaster, you can conveniently buy a case to turn it into a keychain right in the Square Enix Store at the entrance of the cafe. Keep in mind that the non-themed drinks do not come with a free coaster.
It’s always best to make a reservation with Square Enix Cafe to avoid the disappointment of not getting a table. Making a reservation can be done via their website, but be aware that you need to go and secure your reservation at a convenience store within 24 hours and pay a deposit of ¥1000 per person. This money will get you your first drink for free from a select menu, but be aware it doesn’t include the themed drinks. It’s worth doing, though, to make sure you can get a table on the time and date that you want to visit!
If you’re feeling more spontaneous, though, be sure to check the cafe’s Twitter in the morning. They always post a timetable of which time slots still have available tables, and you can also reserve in person if you go to the cafe. The last slot of the night usually allows walk-in customers as well as it’s the least popular!
Square Enix Cafe is also home to a small Square Enix shop. If you’re going to the SaGa cafe, you can look forward to seeing a lot of exclusive new SaGa goods for sale. There are sticky notes, train card cases, small pouches, acrylic figures, and pin badges all with SaGa art and characters on them. In addition to all the cool SaGa stuff, there’s also merchandise for the cafe itself, along with some of Square Enix’s other big series like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest always available.
Whether you’re a new or old fan of SaGa, there’s something special about going to the 30th Anniversary Cafe. It does it best to celebrate the legacy of the series, and has a huge themed menu of food and drinks sure to satisfy just about anyone. Whether you plan to order everything or be a bit more restrained, the SaGa 30th Anniversary Cafe has something for every budget (which prices low enough you can splurge on a few things if you want to, too). Plus who can say no to free goods? The art on the coasters and mini-posters is gorgeous! If you’re a SaGa fan you won’t want to miss this if you can go, but even if you’re too far away, we hope you enjoyed a virtual trip with us!
Are you planning on going to the SaGa Cafe or have you already gone? Do you have any questions about how to reserve your table? What would you love to order from the menu or buy in the store? Let us know in the comments!