So you’ve waited for hours in long queue, taken all that heart-stopping rides, played tag it with the street zombies, screamed your lungs out inside the horror maze, and now you are famished. So what do you eat amidst the sea of food options at Universal Studios Japan? Check out the following list:
Platter for Four at Three Broomsticks
Ever wonder what the wizards eat? Then head on to Three Broomsticks, a themed restaurant inspired by the pub of the same name from the Harry Potter movie. This can be found inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Apparently, wizards feast on corn on the cob, pork ribs, rotisserie smoked chicken, squash soup, and side vegetables. The Platter for Four (JPY 7,600 – USD 72.39 – PHP 3506.97) feast is served on a metal tray and it is big enough to be shared by 4 or 5 people.
Notice how much is it? Yes, if the all the grease from the meat on this platter doesn’t kill you, the price probably will.
For drinks they don’t just offer regular water, they serve Gilly water. But before you get too excited, nope this one doesn’t have a love potion; it’s just a regular bottled water with a Gilly water label.
Butterbeer (JPY 600 – USD 5.71 – PHP 276.62), that non-alcoholic foamy drink is so good, people inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are willing to wait in long queues just to get it. I was under an impression it’d taste like root beer so I wasn’t betting on it until I took a sip and got the biggest surprise. It tasted like caramel and it’s carbonated so it has that nice fizz to it.
I saw a child eating something, which I mistook for ice cream. When I got a closer look I was shocked to find the kid was eating a chicken leg. But then again it’s too big, it couldn’t be chicken. Turns out it’s turkey leg and you can buy it from a food cart called BBQ Garlic Turkey Leg for 950 Yen (USD 9.05 – PHP 438.43). This turkey leg is the ultimate (literally and figuratively) snack and it’s a favorite among USJ goers. Personally, I couldn’t finish an entire leg because of its size but I had fun munching on it for as long as I could.
I never thought I’d see the day when I would love food with matcha. Looks like I had to go to Japan to change mind. And one of the things that converted me is the matcha churros that we had. The churros is of chocolate flavor, long and covered in green tea powder and sugar. It doesn’t come with a chocolate dip but it was delicious even without it.
Halloween Special at Finnegan’s Bar and Grille
Come dinner time we convened at the Finnegan’s Bar and Grille where we were treated to food specially made just for the Halloween.
Here’s the list of what we had:
- Halloween Horror Night – Mix Berry (No Alcohol ) (JPY 520 – USD 4.95 – PHP 240.09)
- Halloween carnival Highball – Brad Orange (JPY 650 – USD 6.18 – PHP 396.76)
- Halloween Rice Croquette – Pumpkin & Cheese (JPY 860 – USD 8.18 – PHP 396.76)
- Roast Beef & Pumpkin Salad (JPY 1290 – USD 12.27 – PHP 595.14)
- Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie (JPY 820 – USD 7.80 – PHP 378.33)
Out of all these, my favorite, and I think everyone in our group would agree, is the Halloween Rice Croquette. The sale period for all Halloween special food is until 6th of November.
USJ Fast Facts
Universal Studios Japan or USJ as known by the locals, was established in 2001. It occupies over 108 acres of area in Sakurajima, Konohana Ward in the Osaka Prefecture of Japan. Its many attractions and a monthly visitor of over 600,000 makes it impossible to see it all in a day.
Regular ticket goes for USD 71 (PHP 3422.17). But if you want a skip-the-line access, get the Express Pass; rate starts at USD 63 (PHP 3036.57).
USJ’s Halloween special started on September 9 and ends on November 6, 2016. Experience this fun Halloween celebration by booking a flight to Osaka via Cebu Pacific, the largest airline in the Philippines. Cebu Pacific flies between Manila and Osaka five times weekly, with lowest year-round fares starting from PHP6,399. Cebu Pacific also flies from Manila to Tokyo (Narita), Nagoya and Fukuoka, as well as from Cebu to Tokyo (Narita). Book its trademark lowest fares now through CEBsakaflights or (+632)7020888, or follow its Facebook or Twitter pages for the latest seat sales.
Disclaimer: This Osaka fam trip was courtesy of Cebu Pacific. Some of the photos were provided by USJ. Review and opinions are my own.