For long, Studio Ghibli fans have always admired how good and tasty the food is in the films. Whenever a character cooks food, Studio Ghibli will give it screen time. It is meant to show the beauty of a mundane life, or rather to make the audience feel hungry.
And now, a menu inspired from Studio Ghibli opens in a Japanese bar located in Nagoya, Donan Norin Suisanbu. In Japan, the term ‘bar’ is an izakaya, which meant that the restaurant offers a variety of snacks that are affordable. It can also be accompanied by an alcoholic beverage.
Donan Norin Suisanbu will start serving the Ghibli menu in October 11, 2022. This is to celebrate the opening of the Ghibli park in November 1, 2022. There are also no announcements when the menu will also end.
A Twitter account reporting Studio Ghibli news also shared the menu:
It already includes the prices, as well as the dishes that are inspired from various Ghibli films.
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The Ghibli-inspired dishes on the menu are:
1. Calcifer’s Fried Eggs and Bacons
This is probably the most popular Ghibli dish many fans wanted to eat! This is from Howl’s Moving Castle where Howl cooks fried eggs and bacons with Calcifer’s help.
2. Satsuki’s Bento Box
This simple yet cute bento box was the one Satsuki prepared for her sister Mei in My Neighbor Totoro. Maybe you would want to share it with your sibling too.
3. Chihiro’s Dad’s Food
Don’t worry, this food will not turn you into a pig. Rather, it will fill you with deliciousness and even nostalgia remembering Spirited Away.
4. Ponyo’s Ham Ramen
During her time as a human, Ponyo really enjoyed eating ramen with the sliced hams and half boiled egg in Ponyo. Now, you will get an opportunity to taste it too!
5. Kiki’s Pumpkin Herring Pie
In Kiki’s Delivery Service, Kiki was tasked to deliver a pumpkin herring pie. Sadly, the pie got rejected in the film, so Kiki got upset. You would surely not make Kiki sad by ordering this pie!
6. Jiro’s Siberia Sponge Cake
Jiro’s mind may be preoccupied by planes in The Wind Rises, but he still makes time to buy a dessert – the Siberia Sponge Cake! Make some time out of your busy schedule to try this!
7. Ashitaka’s Rice Gruel (Ojiya)
Ashitaka ate the ojiya offered to him by a merchant when he set off the journey to break his curse in Princess Mononoke. You will probably feel like a warrior too if you eat what Ashitaka ate!
8. Pazu and Sheeta’s Fried Egg Bread
It is pretty much simple and straightforward. But one bite from this can make you feel contented, just like what Pazu and Sheeta felt in Castle in the Sky.
It is also important to note that there is also an additional dish that was not inspired from a Studio Ghibli film. Yet Ghibli’s famed Hayao Miyazaki served as the director for the film, Castle of Cagliostro, so it has the same vibes with Ghibli films.
As such, Lupin III’s meatball spaghetti is also included in the menu.
Studio Ghibli’s Success
Studio Ghibli films have received worldwide recognition and even received nominations in Academy Awards. Notably, Spirited Away won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Howl’s Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and When Marnie Was There were nominated for Best Animated Feature Film in the Academy Awards in the succeeding years.
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