Craving more Tokyo Ghoul now that the anime and manga have both concluded? It may not be enough to fill you up, but maid cafe Patisserie Swallowtail in Shinjuku offers a platter of grisly snacks to tide you over until you sink your teeth into a new anime obsession this season. Leave your mask at the door and bring your bib as we devour some collaboration sweets.
Ghouls love the taste of human flesh but how do ghouls taste to humans? In a word--delicious! With its gimp mask smile, single blackberry kakugan and twisting marzipan kagune it's like you're taking a bite of Kaneki-kun himself. My fork sliced effortlessly through the chocolate mousse and glacage glaze until it was stopped by the layer of sour griotte cherry mash at the bottom.
The jalapeno chocolate ice cream and drunk cherries make the top of this parfait something to be savored. But once you crack the skin and get into the juicy fruit jelly there's no restraining yourself. Enjoy a sloppy feeding frenzy that would make Rize look away in disgust.
The kakugan cookies are moist and chewy like a fig roll. It's almost a waste to eat them--they make a great cosplay accessory! But I've learned to accept my condition and give into my hunger.
Until they open a real Anteiku, Patisserie Swallowtail is your best bet to experience the world of Tokyo Ghoul. Each menu item comes with a glossy postcard and the pop-up shop next door has enough character goods to go around. Enjoy your moment of solitude. Because once you're back on the streets of Shinjuku, it's every otaku--I mean, ghoul--for themselves.
Event dates: September 27th-October 16th
Address: 3-1-26 Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
Shinjuku Marui Annex 6F
Official homepage: http://www.patisserie-swallowtail.jp/collaboration/event/2014_tokyoghoul/