Waffles, robots, and robo-flash mobs? Come dine in luxury at Shibuya's Pepper Parlor!
Posted on April 5, 2021
Whether or not you’re a fan of robots, the Pepper Parlor robot cafe truly has something for everyone. Located in the famous Tokyu Plaza building in Shibuya, the Pepper Parlor is a space where robots and humans work side-by-side to create an overwhelmingly enjoyable experience for their dining customers. With award-winning in-house chef Fumio Yonezawa’s impeccable attention to detail in flavor and selection of ingredients, you will be guaranteed a meal that will leave you wanting to return again and again. Pepper Parlor specializes in gourmet waffles (both sweet and savory) but you can also order side dishes, including salads, confit, and fries.
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Upon entering the cafe, you’ll be met by a line of Pepper robots who will take your order and payment.
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Though Pepper only accepts card payments, those who wish to pay with cash can pay at a separate (human) register.
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Take photos, order more food, and play games with Pepper’s assistance right from the comfort of your seat. And just when you thought Pepper was the star of the show, you’ll find out that there are even more types of robots: NAO, Servi, and Whiz. Servi (pictured above, right of Pepper) will deliver food to your table, NAO will break into dance when you least expect it, and Whiz takes care of keeping the place clean. Stay tuned on the Pepper Parlor website and Instagram for more robot models to come!
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Didn’t we tell you the food was amazing?! What’s more, you can even customize your waffle by selecting your choice of dough (classic/cheddar cheese/whole grain/rice flour/vegan chickpea) and toppings. Ever since the Bikkuri Japan staff paid a visit to the Pepper Parlor in March, Shannan and Maya have been dying to go back to get another bite of the NY style buttermilk with fried chicken waffle and the foie gras mousse with homemade-granola waffle.
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While on the job, Pepper loves to strike a pose and interact with customers.
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And if you weren’t already impressed enough, the “Poursteady barista robot” at Pepper Parlor will be handling your coffee—from brewing, steaming to pouring. Using technology from NASA and robotics engineers, these robots were programmed to be meticulous at the craft. Aside from coffee, Pepper Parlor also offers an exceptional selection of healthy yet delicious juices and shakes.
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Every so often, the miniature NAO robots (pictured above in the background) will bust out some well-rehearsed, *ahem* programmed, choreography. The Bikkuri Japan staff were lucky enough to enjoy a live rendition of Earth Wind & Fire’s ‘September’!
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Despite the fact that there are robots everywhere, there is still a distinctly cozy and natural feel to the Pepper Parlor. Through his choice of mossy lamp shades and lush green wall decor, the interior designer Yasumichi Morita displays the promise of the coexistence of nature and technology.
What we loved about this place was the thought and care put into every aspect of the experience. From the amusement, to the food, to the atmosphere, nothing was left as an afterthought.
5F, Tokyu Plaza Shibuya, Dogenzaka 1 Chome−2−3, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043
Written by: Maya Kimura Watts