「シーフードフライ/クリームソーダ」 (Shiifudo Furai/Kuriimu Souda)
“Fried Seafood/Melon Soda Float”
Beer and Fried Seafood
A love for chugging down beer and eating fried foods? Well Dwarves, me too! If they had space on their table for a larger companion, I would happily join in. Going by their interactions, the dwarves rank among my favourites, because they remind me of my own friendships!
Start off by recommending something to a friend. After getting them on the hook, they decide to give your recommendation a shot. Later, they’ll start asking when the good part is going to arrive, typically accompanied by a load of grumbling or complaining. At this point, similar to the bald dwarf, I like to troll and trigger said friend for my own amusement. Eventually they hit the amazing part, get completely blown away by awe, and all is forgiven. Downing some beers, rinse and repeat, and that’s pretty much one of my best friendships in a nutshell. Not to mention my friend has a strong appreciation for impressive feats of engineering, and will happily construct a commentary expressing his admiration too. Very similar to the dwarf’s appreciation for glassware, if I may say so myself.
I really liked how Isekai Shokudou drew our attention to a particular detail, where the chairs are designed for humans rather than dwarves. Seeing their dangling feet kick about in joy underneath the table filled me with a simple kind of soul-healing happiness. Other than getting massive foodgasms from the items on Nekoya’s menu and witnessing interactions between characters, seeing customers deriving joy and satisfaction from their foods is a huge part of my personal enjoyment.
It’s obvious that the Land of Sand draws inspiration from an Arabian setting, though I have to confess that Tatooine came to mind first. The popularity of iced coffee and an increased reliance on magic also make sense, given the particular living conditions that come with living around a desert. Can I just say that I love how the inclusion of these minor details help flesh out Isekai Shokudou? While Nekoya feels like a compact and cosy safe haven, it’s not hard to get a feel for the huge fantasy world out there.
Renner is a strong contender for being the best female character that has been introduced so far, an incredible feat considering the lineup we already have. Not only does she have a really gorgeous character design, she possesses a powerful magical heritage, and is proactive in playing the wingwoman for her half-brother Shareef. I’m also with Renner on finding Shareef’s coffee float mildly perturbing. Then again, I dislike coffee and have a soft spot for sweet things like the melon soda float.
Although I considered it a weaker part of the episode, Shareef’s shy crush on Adelheid was all too relatable. His awkward interactions might have made me facepalm, but I’m definitely rooting for him! If an alliance comes between the Empire and Land of Sand binding these two characters and nations, it’s pretty amazing to think how a humble restaurant like Nekoya influences major political situations in the fantasy world. For now, if nothing comes to fruition, I simply hope that everyone will continue to enjoy Tenshu’s hospitality for a long time.
P.S. Thanks for helping me cover Choya, especially with the food columns!
P.S.S I haven’t had time to make hamburger steak since since my return from Japan, and I didn’t get around to baking any biscuits either. For these unfortunate reasons, there won’t be a food review this week.