Eat at a Themed Restaurant in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan is exploding with quirky themed restaurants. Understatement. You can watch a sexy robot show while eating a bento box or be served by trained ninjas or dine in a European church replica. And though all of those sounded equally as bizarre, I opted for the Alcatraz ER, a medical prison themed restaurant.

Who doesn’t want to eat beef shaped like a brain on the floor of a jail cell while sipping cocktails out of a dummy’s head?

That’s what Tokyo’s Alcatraz ER has to offer…and so much more.
Alcatraz ER Restaurant Tokyo Alcatraz ER Tokyo Themed Restaurant

Beware, this themed restaurant is tricky to find, but so is just about everything else in Tokyo.

From Shibuya station we took the Hachiko exit #8 and walked across the famous Shibuya Crossing, well-known for its feature in the movie Lost in Translation. You will be heading in the right direction when you pass blg 109 on your right. Go past the KFC and take a right at the 7-11. It is on the right hand side about a block away.

Sounds easy. But, just know that Tokyo is confusing. It took me three tries, 4 websites, 2 maps and a tourist information booth to figure it out.

We walked in on a Sunday night at 8:00 without reservations and were told it would be ten minutes. At the time the “show” was on and we couldn’t be seated during it. I had (& still have) no idea what the show was, but if you get there before eight let me know. We waited in a purposely grungy lobby where the bathrooms were located. It all set the tone for the odd experience we were about to have.
Tokyo Themed Restaurant

In order to open the doors to restaurant you must punch the big red button with your blood type; A, B, AB, O. Then you will walk through a corridor to the jail cells. Each cell is a private dining room.

Peter and I were led up a short set of stairs to our cell, with a ceiling low enough to have to have to stoop. We were directed to our “cell”, where the only seats were cushions on the floor. After, we were given a picture menu and instructed to bang on the metal bars for service, which many of the patrons were already doing.

The nurse uniformed servers were nice enough to give us an English menu which feature such items as beer in a urine bottle and sausage in the shape of a bowel movement. Yum.
Alcatraz ER in Tokyo
Sausage Bowel on Menu at Alcatraz ER

Peter was pretty disenchanted by the ridiculous predicament I had put him in once again. What? This isn’t fun? So he resigned to allow me to choose our dinner for the evening.

One Brain Shock cocktail, Peach Boobs, a beef salad made to look like a brain, Russian roulette Takoyaki & Blue Curry. A well-rounded, gross enough meal.

Our Alcatraz ER drinks came and Pete refused to let me take a photo of him drinking out of the baby bottle. Absolutely, vehemently refused. No fun. “You’re just going to post it to Facebook.” Uh, Duh. Of Course I am.

But, he did bang on the bars and drink out of the fake head. He is forgiven.
Alcatraz ER cell
Brain Shock at Alcatraz ER Themed Restaurant

The Brain Shock cocktail, which tasted like a very strong margarita, was served in an old beauty school mannequin head with haircut number 227.

Do everyone a favor and NEVER opt for the number 227 cut. It is pure awfulness. Alcatraz ER Tokyo Brain Shock Alcatraz ER Tokyo Brain Shock

There was something a bit disturbing about drinking the Peach Boobs, which was served in a baby bottle. I am well aware that some adults would find pure pleasure in it. I’m just not one of them. It was mostly because of sanitary reasons; how well could they possibly clean those nipples?

But, a tiny part was because of disturbing fetish thoughts, involving adult diapers, that invaded my mind.
Alcatraz ER Peach Boobs

The Seared Beef Salad came to the table loosely in the shape of a brain. It didn’t really take it’s meant form until it was cut open and the stringy, edible stuff came flowing out.

For the record, it didn’t taste anything like brain. My stomach thanks you for that. Alcatraz ER Beef Brain Alcatraz ER Tokyo Beef Brain

Next on the Alcatraz ER dinner menu was the Russian Roulette Takoyaki. You just don’t know what you are going to get, but hope it’s not a bullet in the head.

What was certain was that it was going to be a Japanese ball-shaped appetizer, topped with dried bonito (fish) shavings. This particular takoyaki was filled with some sort of minced fish that was…fishy. Not my favorite.
Alcatraz ER Takoyaki

The last thing to arrive to the cells table was the bright blue curry in a urine tin.

The taste is not horrible. It’s just wrong.
Alcatraz ER Blue Curry

As with many dinner theater or themed restaurants the food was not five-star (probably, not even four of the aforementioned stars), but I will always make that sacrifice for a bucket list worthy experience.

Want a different themed restaurant experience? Try Kawaii Monster Cafe or Locked Up.


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2018-12-22T12:36:03+00:00September 23rd, 2013|Categories: Asia, FOOD, Japan, QUIRKY, TRAVEL|Tags: , |


  1. Britany September 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I, too, would sacrifice stars to say that I ate a sausage in the shape of a bowel. Brilliant.

    • Annette White September 24, 2013 at 1:18 am - Reply

      I just don’t understand who wouldn’t want to eat it 😉

  2. estherjulee September 24, 2013 at 1:20 am - Reply

    omg! i got tricked into eating there and had no idea what it was going to be like. i almost had a heart attack when someone reached down from the hole in the ceiling!! most frightening dinner experience ever. i guess at least I can check this one off my list!

  3. Mike | Earthdrifter September 24, 2013 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Crazy! Leave it to the Japanese. Anyway, the prices don’t look bad at all. (Considering people always think that Tokyo is so pricey).

    I’ll never understand the blood type thing. Over there it’s not uncommon for someone to say. “So. What’s your blood type?”

    • Annette White September 24, 2013 at 5:23 am - Reply

      I didn’t know that they were known for asking about blood type over there. Odd. The entire meal cost about $50 usd. Not bad for a memorable bucket list experience.

  4. Joey September 24, 2013 at 6:32 am - Reply

    lol this restaurant sounds just up mine n Becs street. Ive got a few themed restaurants noted down such as the Prison in Italy where you get served by Inmates and the Heart attack restaurant where the staff dress up as nurses however never came across this one before.

    Great find Annette!

    • Annette White September 24, 2013 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Hadn’t heard about the prison in Italy, going to check that one out!

  5. The Yum List September 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Oh my! That is now on my bucket list too! I’ve never heard of this before!

    • Annette White September 25, 2013 at 4:49 am - Reply

      There were several themed restaurants to choose from in Tokyo, so you may have a tough time choosing!

  6. hena tayeb September 25, 2013 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Eek.. that looks super creepy

  7. Angela September 25, 2013 at 8:14 am - Reply

    The ambiance comes first, the food second. I would love to eat here and drink out of a badly cut mannequins head. So great!

    • Annette White September 26, 2013 at 10:47 am - Reply

      Who wouldn’t love to drink out of a badly cut mannequins head? 🙂

  8. Gabriel September 26, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Wow that is themed eating to the next level. After reading the title I had remembered a restaurant that you eat out of toilet bowls and sit on toilets to eat but this is all out.

  9. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) September 27, 2013 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Ew. I would have been freaked out about sanitary reasons, too! I have this weird plastic-near-my-food aversion, so the dummy head would have been out. Glad you had fun though!

    • Annette White September 27, 2013 at 10:49 am - Reply

      LOL! You’re the first person I know with a plastic-near-your-food aversion, but I’m sure there are others 😉

  10. Heather September 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Hahaha this place looks amazing! I love Japan 🙂 There was only one theme restaurant in Shanghai that I knew of and it was toilet themed. Hot pot and chocolate ice cream were served in mini toilet bowls! There was always a line out the door so I never went in.

    • Annette White October 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      I have heard about the toilet themed restaurant. Sounds like someplace I have to go!

  11. Marcy October 6, 2013 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Hilarious–that place is one I would get totally excited about and my husband would have to be coaxed into participating in. Now I want to eat beef shaped like a brain on a jail cell floor.

  12. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer January 10, 2015 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    I have been to a themed restaurant before in Taiwan (Modern Toilet), and I was intrigued. I definitely want to check out this restaurant (or at least A themed restaurant) during my time in Tokyo 😀 Thanks!

    • Annette White January 10, 2015 at 11:03 pm - Reply

      I have seen the Modern Toilet themed restaurant online, but have never been. If I make it to Taiwan, I will definitely be dining there!

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  16. 1 DETIK AJA September 29, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    The ambiance comes first, the food second. I would love to eat here and drink out of a badly cut mannequins head. So great!

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