「カツ丼/プリンアラモード」(Katsudon/Purin a ra Moudo)
“Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl/Pudding a la Mode”
Typically, I eat food for comfort. So I cannot relate to the idea of a lovely meal inspiring individuals to go above and beyond. But the story in our Restaurant from Another World really got to me this time round, telling the tale of an enslaved Lionman forced to fight as a gladiator within the arena, as well as a shunned half-elf princess who spends her time locked up in a tower conducting research. Though strictly speaking these two cannot be classified as human, their attempts to overcome difficulties is something we can all look upon and empathise with.
Gladiator of Katsu-DOOM
Forced slavery is not cool, even if Lionel was taking it a bit far with the unwarranted pillaging. Sold as a slave, with the expectation of fighting the deadly manticore in a gladiator arena, things aren’t looking too hot. Good thing the door to Nekoya appears to Lionel in his time of need, taking him to a realm where he could satiate his hunger and restore his resolve. What I particularly liked about Lionel was that he didn’t default into a tirade of culinary spiel, expressing his enjoyment of food through simple descriptions like ‘Strong’ and ‘Weak’ while giving off hearty roars. Tenshu’s grandfather is such a generous and heartwarming figure, who couldn’t leave the kitty feeling sad. Even after he said he couldn’t pay up immediately, he went and gave Lionel more bowls of Katsudon just to lift up his mood! From our present day scenario, it’s pretty evident that he won a customer for life, helping Lionel go from emaciated to emancipated.
While I find it somewhat questionable that Katsudon is apparently the secret to becoming a legendary gladiator, I’ll happily accept it. After all, it’s so damn delicious and nourishing too!
If you look at how she goes the extra mile to savour it, Victoria must really love her pudding. Constructing a magical portal to summon Nekoya’s door, and working on the invention of a refrigerating device so that can preserve whatever food she takes away are by no means ordinary. We are also given Victoria’s insight on how best she enjoys her weekly pudding. She first samples a spoonful of cream and gradually picks off the fruit, before committing to the pudding itself.
This actually deeply contrasts the other characters we’ve seen so far, most of whom react to trying a wonderful dish for the first time. For now, I actually preferred the background information we got, explaining the context of what it meant to be a half-elf in the fantasy world. Facing discrimination, they are rejected by both humans and elves and driven to live in segregated settlements or condemned to a life of isolation.
Having said that, it struck me as beautiful: the fact that Victoria does not resent her heritage as a half-elf. In spite of the difficulties, her human ability to consume animal based products and elven ability to conduct magic allow her to enjoy pudding to its fullest extent. Hence it makes me incredibly happy to see her put on this kind of smile, living an extremely fulfilled life.
Sometimes, our small pleasures in life can work out to mitigate the pains and banalities of daily life, and drive us to reach out further in order to overcome extenuating circumstances. I really felt that this week’s thematic message spoke to my heart, making it my favourite episode. Isekai Shokudou offers such a peaceful and ambient atmosphere that washes away my weariness week after week. Provided I don’t watch it when I’m hungry.
I felt things were beginning to get repetitive, which isn’t a worrying thing mind you. The format of eating food, then gushing like a connoisseur works fine for this series. But with how it’s been shaken up recently, giving us nature documentaries about lizardmen and having a lionman express his love of food through roars, I can confirm that I really enjoy the variations that are being brought to the table. So simple, yet so effective.
Judging from the next episode preview, I look forwards to seeing how the customers we have seen so far will interact!
My younger sister hates mushrooms, so I had to leave it out. Otherwise, I’m very satisfied with how this one went! The fried rice was deliciously seasoned, and the omelette had a creamy consistency that you would associate with a French one. Unfortunately, I couldn’t work towards a demi-glace sauce due to time constraints. But I will be visiting Kichi Kichi in Kyoto when I go Japan in a few weeks, so I’ll save the 10/10 and have a picture of their Omurice for reference too!
Final Rating: 6.8/10 – Tasted delicious, looked nice. Maybe a tad too much oil was used to fry the rice?