Restaurant to Another World – Ep. 5

Here’s an amusing line spoken by Aletta in the sub: “Master, does that customer only eat pork cutlet rice bowls?”

I mean, couldn’t you could ask that about any customer and their meal of choice, Aletta? Everyone only eats one dish!”

Anyway, this may sound far-fetched but I couldn’t help but the other world has a fair amount of racism going on. Humans, demons, beastkinds, and elves all don’t seem get along too well with each other. This episode even has two vignettes that involve one lion man and a half-elf royal whose lives are affected a bit because of their race. I don’t know how prevalent this subject is in Restaurant to Another World though I do like how Nekoya invites people of any race (even if by coincidence) and has a zero tolerance for any of that kind of prejudice. It’s just in everyone’s best interest to be civil because they want to enjoy their food.

Port Cutlet Rice Bowl

Oddly enough, it appears that some of these customers’ livelihoods are built around Nekoya’s menus. We’ve seen an example or two of this in previous episodes but this especially the case with Lionel (and also Victoria but I’ll get to her later). This lion warrior saves up money from gladiator matches so that he can both purchase his freedom and to buy pork cutlet bowls. Said pork cutlet bowls motivates him so much that it helps him maintain his steady flow of income too. Is it silly that he saves up to keep eating pork cutlet bowls? A little bit but it’s hard to deny the result.

Also confirmed in this episode is that the previous owner of Nekoya is the current one’s grandfather. That was one of my two guesses; the other being that the current owner was simply an apprentice. I like the idea that Nekoya is a family run business since that means this one family has followed this fantasy world for a really long time. And apple really does not fall far from the tree anyway. Seriously, the granddad acts the exact same as the grandson. Extremely relaxed and casual but also considerate of his customers.

Pudding a la Mode

Speaking of people whose livelihoods are built around Nekoya, we also have this half-elf princess named Victoria. Being a bit removed from royalty, she’s decided to dedicate her years of magical training…by making a freezer for the takeout pudding she orders from Nekoya…THAT’S AMAZING! Okay, it is really ridiculous but in regards to this and Lionel, I really like the idea that good food serve as catalysts to bettering one’s own life.

Interestingly, Victoria’s love for pudding actually ties into how she views her heritage. It’s suggested that being a half-elf, half-human was something she resented but it turns out that thanks to pudding, that heritage has its perks. Since she’s half-human, she can enjoy an egg-based dessert like pudding. And being of Elvish descent means she can use her high magical aptitude to craft a freezer for her takeout food. It’s silly but it’s also extremely charming and even a bit heartwarming. Victoria is content with who she is as a person because there is something that makes her happy about it.

Bonus Comment:

We got another scene with Aletta! Since Restaurant to Another World is just rolling with its vignette format, I kind of cherish any scene where Aletta is prominent. She’s clearly so happy to be working at Nekoya and she’s also quite dedicated to the job since she’s memorized the menus. I cracked up when Aletta pleaded to the Owner not to fire her because she looked at the menus in her spare time. As if the Owner would actually do that but given her past, it’s understandable. Still, it’s nice seeing that she has developed a rapport with the Owner with the chef telling her stories about the customers and even educating her more about the world (remember, half-elves aren’t necessarily vegan).

Now if only the show just reveal if she’s finally left that haystack. Seriously, that’s still bugging me and we’re five episodes in. Maybe, that’ll be addressed next episode since the preview suggests that the spotlight is back on her.

Thanks for reading!

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