WASEDA WEEKLY

All about Cafés & Cafeterias on campus (on Nishi-Waseda & Toyama campus)


Waseda University has cafes and cafeterias on campus. As they are located near to you, how about learning about them and using them from time to time? In this issue, we are going to introduce only the cafes & cafeterias of the Nishi Waseda & Toyama campuses.

Nishi-Waseda campus

Nishi-Waseda For those who wish to have a good meal in a restaurant overlooking a garden

Okuma garden house (university coop)

The spacious layout of tables on the third floor makes you want to stay for a long time
The spacious layout of tables on the third floor makes you want to stay for a long time
Okuma Teisyoku
Okuma Teisyoku, which is special and popular on the third floor, is a healthy dish which contains appropriate quantities of fish, vegetables and seaweed.
Okuma Lunch
Okuma Lunch, which is popular on the second floor, features its large quantity
Through the glass windows, you can enjoy the beauty of Okuma garden all year around. On the second floor, there are a lot of a la carte menus but also the Okuma Lunch (¥480) and the Chef’s Special set (¥390). You can choose several dishes and increase your intake of various nutrients that may be insufficiently present in your everyday diet. Though most of the meals on this floor are substantial, you can choose rice from four sizes, L, M, S and SS.

On the third floor, there are unique menus such as Okuma Teisyoku (set menu, ¥500), grill, pasta, Chinese (like Chinese noodles), sushi and home made Katsu-Don(a big bowl of rice topped with a pork cutlet), which are not served on the second floor. Except for Teisyoku, the dishes are prepared right after the order is made. That is why it takes some time. So, when you have the time, it is recommended that you have a meal on the third floor as it has much space. When you are in a hurry, you can have a quick meal on the second floor.

They are going to have an annual Hokkaido Fair this autumn. Food made from the products of Hokkaido's moutains and seashores will be featured.

“To prepare for parties, the closing time on the second floor is early. When there are no parties, you can use the floor as free space as long as you're careful not to bother other people. So, please feel free to use the floor for various purposes.” (Mr Isogai, chief of the cafeteria)

For those who wish to have a nice cup of coffee and bagels in a fashionable café

Unicafe 125

Good textured bagel sandwiches (Right: salmon & cottage cheese, Left: blueberry& cream cheese) with coffee
Good textured bagel sandwiches (Right: salmon & cottage cheese, Left: blueberry& cream cheese) with coffee
Homemade sweets (If you are lucky, you would get sweets hot form the oven)
Homemade sweets (If you are lucky, you would get sweets hot form the oven)
The feature of this chair is its superior quality, the result of German design
The feature of this chair is its superior quality, the result of German design
A large variety of drinks will remind you of restaurant chains in town. You are likely to bite your tongue when you are trying to say drink names such as Flavor latte and Frappuccino, the latter related to a smoothie. Coffees such as Waseda blend (¥200) are made by roasting high-grade coffee beans every morning. Many customers who long for this special coffee patronize the café.

Hot homemade bagel sandwiches (¥360-400) are popular at lunch time. They are also special. These bagels are bought in from a bagel shop of a long standing in New York. There are rice balls of the day (meat or fish ¥490, with soup/salad/drink ¥790) other than bagels. Patissiers make cakes and cookies in the kitchen inside the café every day. Both of them have a high-class kind of sweetness and go very well with coffee.

“We have opened the café as community space not only for Waseda university’s people but also for people living around the university. Now, quite a lot of people from outside the university visit the café. On Sundays, we have seen people taking coffee breaks while walking their dogs on the outside terrace.” (Mr Ogawa, chief of the cafe)

For those who wish to enjoy unique menus while enjoying the sun

For those who wish to enjoy unique menus while enjoying the sun

Toyama Cafeteria (university coop)

A selection of desserts (Ohagi, glutinous rice balls covered with red bean paste, will be served from October)
A selection of desserts (Ohagi, glutinous rice balls covered with red bean paste, will be served from October)
New menus in this fall ‘ Waseda Festival Lunch’ (Front: Gattsuri Lunch ¥450, Back: Sappari Lunch ¥380)
New menus in this fall ‘ Waseda Festival Lunch’ (Front: Gattsuri Lunch ¥450, Back: Sappari Lunch ¥380)
Members of Waseda Festival Steering Committee who took part in the planning of new menus
Members of Waseda Festival Steering Committee who took part in the planning of new menus
The front space of the cafeteria has an all glass sunroof. On a sunny day, you can soak up the rays while eating. The dessert menu is justly renowned, not to speak of the main menu. As there are many female students on Toyama campus, they have focused on sweets.

They are going to have Dessert Buffet (Asian sweets) Fair in the middle of October. Sweets in fashion from Vietnam and Cambodia, which are not in the regular menu, will be served in a buffet style. The time and date for the event have not decided yet. It will be held for two hours on one particular day, not during peak hours. As soon as it is decided, they will put up a notice on the wall at the cafeteria. Please check the notice.

The feature of the cafeteria is a variety of menus which are based on customers’s opinions. They occasionally hold a menu contest. They collect the recipes of dishes from their customers and serve the prizewinning dish as one of their regular features for a while. If the customers like it, it is added to the regular menu. Locomoco, which is popular in Hawaii, is one of those dishes. According to Mr Murai, chief of the cafeteria, “It is a successful example of letting our customers help determine the menu.

They are going to serve two kinds of Waseda Festival Lunch, devised in collaboration with the Waseda Festival Steering Committee, from October 12th to November 5th.

For those who’d like to savor the fine taste and smell of bread, hot from the oven

Milk Hall

Array of freshly baked bread inside the bright shop
Array of freshly baked bread inside the bright shop
Eat in - great for a quick bite
Eat in - great for a quick bite
The pleasant aroma of freshly baked bread drifts up and fills the classrooms above from early in the morning, inviting happy complaints from the faculty and students that they cannot concentrate on their classes because of it. Baked non stop from before opening, Milk Hall produces nearly 900-1000 pieces of bread every day. The prices start at about 100-200 yen. The hot selling item is the “Melon bread” available in four flavors: plain, chocolate chip, maple syrup, and Yuubari melon. There are always more than 30 kinds of bread, good for both meals and snacks, ready to be served at Milk Hall. Among them, five will change every month to different new types of bread using fruits and vegetables in season at that time. This autumn, new kinds of bread using sweet potatoes and chestnuts will appear.

Milk Hall serves drinks as well, but the shop’s basic policy is takeouts as “a bakery with some extra space to eat in” rather than a “caf#233;”. According to shop owner Mr. Sakamoto, “We constantly bake new bread in order to meet everyone’s demands, so come by at any time before 6 p.m. and you’ll most likely be able to get some kind of freshly baked bread or another.”

Moreover, Milk Hall sells lunch boxes, limited to only 50 boxes a day as well. Ordered from a special “Omuraisu”(cooked rice topped with an Omelet) restaurant, there are six types of mini lunch boxes, all of which the contents change every day.

For those who seek variety in their meals

Students’ Hall Cafeteria

Menus all best when hot!
Menus all best when hot!
During the experimental service hours
During the experimental service hours
The long awaited Students’ Hall Cafeteria will officially open, brand new on Oct. 1st. It is in service experimentally at the moment, and it seems to be off to a good start so far. “Managing everything within the shop from preparation to finishing, we will put in much time and effort so as to offer special handmade meals,” says shop owner Mr. Shiina, enthusiastically.

Although it is rather small, the number of dishes will stay at eight for the time being. Yet, all seven dishes apart from the standard menu: curry and rice, will change daily, proposing a wide variety of choices. For example, “Chicken Cutlet - with different things sandwiched every day - course” (¥520) may have cheese inside one day and plum and shiso leaves the next. In the case of “Hamburger steak - with different sauce every day - course” (¥520 yen), for instance, the day’s sauce may be tomato, butter & mushrooms, or grated radish & garlic.

As one of the same branches as aforementioned UniCafe, this Cafeteria has a reputation for serving excellent coffee as well. Not only coffee, which uses the same high quality coffee beans as UniCafe, but other popular drinks and desserts of all kinds will be available at all times, so it will be a good choice for tea time, too!

A discount campaign for the opening anniversary is planned. For more information, check out the bulletin in the shop!!

Information

CampusShop namePlaceWeekdays SaturdaysSundays/HolidaysSeats
Nishi-WasedaOokuma Garden HouseBldg. 25/2F (beside Ookuma Garden) 10:15-14:0010:15-14:00---480
/3F11:15-19:5011:15-19:50 ---250
UniCafe 125In front of Ookuma Garden entrance 8:30-20:00 8:30-20:00 8:30-20:00100
ToyamaToyama CafeteriaBldg. 38/1F11:00-21:3011:00-18:20 ---500
Milk HallBldg. 31/B1F 9:30-19:45 9:30-19:45---0*
Students’ Hall CafeteriaBldg. 30/West 3F11:00-19:30 --- ---300

* Basically the food is for takeouts, but stand-eat tables and counters are available for eat-in customers up to approximately 20 people.

All shops except for Milk Hall are good for both small and large groups, including parties of all sizes. They may be useful for seminar and club activity parties also.

Copyright (C) Student Affairs Division, WASEDA University. 2004 All rights reserved.
First drafted 2004 October 7. Last revised 2004 October 8