City Guide Restaurant Review: Cafe Tokyoloose (Busan)

Photos and Review by Andrew Cheng, ETA ’12-14

City: Busan (부산)
Restaurant Name: Cafe Tokyoloose
Restaurant address: 부산진구 부전동 198-7번지 2층 (중앙대로680번길)

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Directions: From Green Line 전포역, walk straight out of exit 3, then turn left just after passing exit 5. Walk down the narrow street for about two blocks (pass the school), and it will be on your right, across the street from New York Hair. From Red/Green Line 서면역, head south out of exit 2 for about three blocks, turn left on 중앙대로680번길. Walk down the narrow street for about two blocks, and it will be on your left.
Food Served: Coffee and dessert
Prices: About 10,000KRW for typical coffee and dessert
Payment: Cash or credit card

Tokyoloose is located in a small side alley in one of Busan’s most hip and cafe-saturated districts. The decor could be described as “adorable French countryside and Japanese kawaii aesthetic mashup.” It’s all vintage tables, lace doilies, stuffed animals, pastel colors, and smooth jazz. Cute things abound, and there’s even a little corner to play “dress-up” with random accessories while you wait for your order. Being on the second floor with wide windows, the cafe is wonderfully bright, and it’s a great place to hang out and chat with friends. Almost all of the patrons are women, with a few couples. Free WiFi!

While the service speed was not the fastest, perhaps the service style made up for it. The waitresses wear 40s-esque brown and blue school uniforms, and they are extremely attentive (almost absurdly so; they will run to open the door for you as you leave). My friends and I got a 서비스 of strawberry mint water and, later, fruit tea.

We ordered: Green tea latte (4500), Banana chocolate cake (5000 and absolutely divine), Citron smoothie (5000), and Citron tea (4000). By the way, you must pay right after you order, even though you order from your table and not at the front cash register. Somewhat confusing.

Atmosphere (Out of 5)
5- Super cute.

Service (Out of 5)
4- A little slow to come out with the food, but excellent in all other aspects.

Food (Out of 5)
4- Drinks were normal, desserts were amazing.

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