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Will you be my valentine, Chocolate Golem? ⊟

I NEED to have this guy in my life. It’s the latest concoction from Luida’s Bar, the Dragon Quest-themed cafe in Tokyo. This mix of chocolate and opera cake will join the dessert menu for the next month, in honor of Valentine’s Day and the Japanese release of Dragon Quest Monsters 2 for 3DS.

From now on, when people ask what my favorite kind of food is, I won’t answer with something boring like Chinese food or French cuisine. With a glint in my eye, I’ll tell them my favorite is Dragon Quest monster food, yes, meals that have been fashioned to look like monsters from Dragon Quest, right before I float away into the sky, leaving this limited world to search for something more in the cosmos. … Yeah, that’s what I’ll tell them.

Since I brought up Dragon Quest, I have to point you to my second-favorite new Tumblr, Pixel Digest. It’s a blog about neat sprites, backgrounds, animations, and tricks with pixels in games, and I love it. The latest entry  shares a clever trick TOSE employed in Dragon Quest III for the Game Boy Color to make the game look far better than it should have despite the system’s limitations.

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Treasure chest dessert
Bouquet from guest
Slime bouquet
Treasure chest full of mini medals

Chocolate Mini Medals and treasure dessert at Luida’s Bar

The Dragon Quest bar in Roppongi celebrated its third anniversary with new chocolate Mini Medal items and new desserts. Fans even presented the establishment with bouquets, including one that looks like slimes!

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New items at the Dragon Quest-themed Luida’s Bar in Tokyo. As the 25th anniversary of the RPG series’ first game approaches, the eatery is advancing to Level 4 this month, cycling in the five curious menu items above.

Unfortunately, though I recognize the characters, I can’t identify the actual food items here. Like, what kind of food they’re made of. Andriasang didn’t name them, and the official site is still “counting down” to their reveal, as far as I know. So, uh, it’ll be a surprise for you if you end up in the restaurant!

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Pink Sanguini tiramisu. The Dragon Quest-themed restaurant Luida’s Bar is offering this confection as part of its Valentine’s Day special menu. Patrons who buy this pink version of the dessert will be presented with a scratch card for potential free stuff.
In addition, in honor of the first anniversary of the restaurant, Luida’s Bar is giving away item-themed desserts and Slime tote bags through 2/11.
Preorder: Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
See also: "Be My Valenslime"
[Via Inside-Games]

Pink Sanguini tiramisu. The Dragon Quest-themed restaurant Luida’s Bar is offering this confection as part of its Valentine’s Day special menu. Patrons who buy this pink version of the dessert will be presented with a scratch card for potential free stuff.

In addition, in honor of the first anniversary of the restaurant, Luida’s Bar is giving away item-themed desserts and Slime tote bags through 2/11.

Preorder: Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

See also: "Be My Valenslime"

[Via Inside-Games]

Slime meat and curry buns, Hassan (Dragon Quest VI) and Ryan/Hoimin (Dragon Quest IV) onigiri, and Momon tiramisu. The Dragon Quest-themed Luida’s Bar “leveled up” to Level 2 on the occasion of Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2's release, which mostly resulted in new menu items. See more at Inside-Games.

Somebody’s job, either at the Pasela karaoke venue that houses Luida’s Bar, or at Square Enix, was to come up with food resembling Dragon Quest characters. I just wanted to point that out.

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You can’t just walk in to Luida’s Bar and order. It’s not the sort of place you drop by to grab a quick midday snack. The business hours are divided up into 90-minute increments, and customers are escorted in and out. There’s a little bit of wiggle room — I showed up right after a session began, and they put me at an empty table.

Chris Kohler visits the Dragon Quest IX-themed Luida’s Bar, which sounds a lot more involved than I thought. “Luida” and a hostess both went around chatting with all the patrons, and a “preview item” from an upcoming menu refresh was handed out to everyone.

It kinda sounds like the best thing about Luida’s Bar is still looking at the Slime buns, which we can do right here with a new picture taken by Kohler:

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Dragon Quest Slime meat buns. These delightful concoctions are served at Luida’s Bar, a Dragon Quest-themed restaurant opening in Tokyo on January 28. I’ve never been so simultaneously charmed and hungry.

GAME Watch has more images of the restaurant and its goofy RPG-themed foods.