You may be aware of the existence of a Japanese mascot called Funassyi. This genderless, hyperactive pear unofficially represents the city of Funabashi in Chiba.
Osaka's been lucky enough to get a limited-time Funassyi cafe. It's here until July 25th, in the popular Shinsaibashi area. Anyone who's been following my food blogs will know what's coming. I went for *cough* reviewing purposes *cough*.
Everyone gets to take a commemorative photo on the way in, and this was mine:
Why yes, I am an adult with a leafy headband on. This is in fact my second photo - the first time, I got to try a fetching beret. Not everyone gets two shots, you know.
The food was all Funassyi-themed, but definitely not subtle about it. Below, you can see a blue soda with a free keyring, a katsu burger (heavy on the sauce), and a purin dessert. It was hard not to feel like I was eating part of Funassyi, even though there was no pear in it at all.
Everything incorporated yellow and blue to some extent. The top bun on the burger is Funassyi yellow, and the hidden bottom one is also blue. Attention to detail in every way. Check out the cocoa sprinkles on the dessert plate.
I mentioned the burger was swimming in sauce. Identically to the presentation, when it comes to flavour Funassyi doesn't do anything by halves. The chips were super salted, the soda had extra fizz, and the dessert was one of the sweetest I've ever eaten.
As I munched - taking care not to exceed my appointed time slot - I wondered if I'd get to meet THE Funassyi. Hey, you never know with these places. Well, no, I did not meet my pear-shaped idol. I didn't even get to dine opposite a plushie...
There were tons of other menu items I didn't get to try. But I feel a repeat visit would only be for the hardcore Funassyi fans. Like the ones singing along to the background music as we ate. They deserve that chance more. I'll stick to my Lotteria burgers and KitKats from now on.