April 27, 2011
MeiDolls Cafe is the first Maid Cosplay Cafe in the Philippines. The attendants are dressed in French Maid costumes and make diners feel like they are masters and mistresses in a private home.
The concept is cute and the cosplayers are great. The food they serve is comfort food, priced affordably at around P100/dish. Just lower your expectations regarding the food and ambiance, and you'll have a great time. :)
To check it out, we braved the Ortigas Avenue Extension traffic. Here is our MeiDolls Cafe experience...
The cafe is located on the second floor of a mini-mall. The tables are low and very Japanese (where you have to sit in an unusual-for-us way). The dining and kitchen areas are small -- just like eating in a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant.
Here, the "maids" will call you their master (like, "What's your order, master?") It may feel a bit awkward at first, but you'll get used to the concept of the cafe after a while.
I would recommend the rice toppings, specifically the breaded fish with teriyaki sauce. The serving size is good for one person, and the price is just right at P100.
The gyudon meat was very tasty. It's worth a try.
The food is served fast, which probably means the food is prepared beforehand and just heated in the microwave before serving.
This is a simple rice omelet with ketchup. Looking at it is actually better than tasting it.
We enjoyed the cheesy and saucy simple lasagna, which is good as a comfort food merienda.
We are not really fans of fried stuff, but this is passable as a starter for kids. The rolls were cut hastily though, so there's still room for improvement in the presentation and portioning of these rolls.
This is basically breaded hotdog cut into 8 pieces -- just OK.
We did not like this because the ramen noodles seemed to be from a ramen pack or bowl one can buy at a supermarket (and then just transferred to a nice bowl).
We do not recommend the cake pops. They were a bit hard.
You have to eat this immediately after it is served so that you can still taste the melting ice cream.
The Green Tea Kagigori was out of stock at that time -- that might be a better dessert alternative.
Overall, the service concept is very cute and eye-catching. The food is simple comfort food that you can typically have at home. We recommend the rice toppings and lasagna if you decide to try it out.
Congratulations, MeiDolls, for launching the first Maid Cosplay Cafe in Manila!
Saunterfield (2nd Floor), Km.20 Ortigas Avenue Extension, Cainta, Rizal
Operating Hours: Monday - Sunday 10.00 am - 10.00 pm
About the resto: MeiDolls Cafe is Manila's premiere maid/cosplay cafe owned and managed by Reia Ayunan. The Tokyo Maid Café phenomenon has reached global success and it is our utmost pride and honor to announce that the first ever Maid Café in the Philippines opened last January 15, 2011.
Website: Facebook Mei Dolls
For inquiries and reservations, contact: +63915-9821971
Driving Directions: It is along Ortigas Avenue Extension, way past Ever and Robinsons Mall. It is the orange building after Sea Oil and Baliwag, across Mang Inasal.
Map: How to get there?
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P.S. If they are able to find a hole-in-the-wall place in Little Tokyo and source their ingredients from a Japanese store, this maid cafe concept will rock and be elevated to a whole different level.