The Royal/T café re-contextualizes the underground culture of Japan that celebrates “cosplay” (costume play). Waitresses dressed in playful maid uniforms with a Lolita-esque touch, serve guests a menu of French- and Japanese-inspired cuisine with local California style. The café’s kitchen also offers full catering services for private events at the venue
Guests can enjoy a distinct array of over 24 types of loose-leaf classic and modern tea and coffee blends in small or large pots including the Kyoto Sunset Tea, a mix of Apricot and premium Ceylon Black Tea ($4) and the signature Royal/T Milk Tea, a unique combination of Black Tea with Rose Petals, and pieces of fruit and Vanilla, brewed in Soymilk ($4).
Launched in November 2010, Royal/T’s Japanese maid café hosts its weekly Tokyo Nouveau champagne brunch party ever Sunday from 10am – 3pm, combining electronic beats, bubbles, and brunch specials in the spirit of Tokyo’s electronic district. Diners can sip on bottomless Orange, Grapefruit, or Blood Orange Mimosas for $12 with the purchase of any entrée.
Under the watchful eye of Designers Takaya Goto and Lesley Chi of Goto Design in New York and Architect Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture in Los Angeles, Hancock’s concept was fully realized at Royal/T, which enthusiastically merges contemporary design with Japanese sub-culture. Housed in an expansive warehouse with exposed trusses, wooden beams, and industrial skylights, three distinctive components—café, art space, and retail store—occur simultaneously.