Having just come back from a holiday in Japan, I started wondering if there were anything similar to the tongue and cheek fun maid cafés of Akihabara. I started trawling through the interweb and it wasn’t long before I found out about Maids of England, or MOE for short, which is a pop-up maid café hosting, and attending events and conventions.
The acronym MOE is quite fitting because in Japanese 萌え, which means cute or pertaining to feelings of affection towards something, is romanised as ‘moe’ (pronounced as ‘mo-eh’). If you go to a maid café in Akihabara, you will hear the phrase 萌え萌え (moe moe) being chanted by the maids quite regularly.
MOE was hosting a Christmas event yesterday at a Japanese café bar which I frequent quite regularly, and so it was that I decided to give MOE a go. The maids at MOE have the same enthusiastic tongue and cheek cutesy fun as the maids of Akihabara. MOE serve maid café classics such as omurice with a cute ketchup drawing, along with the maids chanting, “delicious, delicious, moe, moe, kyuuuuuuun”.
The maids will play games and take ‘chekis’ (Instax mini photos) with customers too. Of course, no maid café experience would be completely without a live song and dance, with some wotagei (this is a story for a whole different post lol).
Like the maid cafés of Akihabara, you pay an entry fee, which was £9 for yesterday’s event. The entry fee includes a cheki with one of the maids. You can, if course, purchase additional chekis for £3.50 each.
Food is then charged additionally to the entry fee. I opted for the special Maid Khao birthday set menu set at £17, which consisted of a cup of lovely rose tea, a main dish (I opted for the omurice), a cake, and a bromide (no, not the chemical, but the Japanese celebrity photo type of bromide) of one of the featured maids. I’ve posted some photos below of the food, although sadly I failed at cake photo which is why the cake is missing.
Not only that, but the maids continue to exude their cutesy persona on social media too, which is a pretty big task, and very skillfully done too.
If you are planning on going to Japan and want a taste of a maid café before diving into one at Akihabara, or are simply curious as to what a maid café is like, then you can’t go much wrong with MOE.