An interesting article appeared in TODAY Online. Titled ‘Master want a cuppa?‘ , it leaves the impression of a maid asking the master if he/she wants a cup of tea/coffee/drink.
Yes, anime cosplaying fans, it has finally reached the shores of Singapore. A ‘maid’ cafe is to open her next month!
‘Master want a cuppa?’ <Link>
The questions regarding this cafe/restaurant would be the service , the cosplaying girls and the customers’ dresscode.
What one would like to see would be pretty, cute maids, greeting their master (customer) with perky voices, servicing to most of their needs. This would mean that the cosplaying girls have to be almost “model/idol-like”, with service being the top priority and able to withstand the ‘otaku-ness’ of the customer(s).
However, it also brings the point of service. How would the service be like? Would it be like any other restaurant? Just that in this one, girls would be cosplaying as different anime characters. Or would it take a different approach instead?
The cafe will expand its services to include catering and a “Date with a Maid” feature, where patrons will have a maid dedicated to their service for the evening. This element is expected to be popular with those who want to treat their friends to a different experience, say, for their birthdays.
The ‘Date with a Maid’ feature ,which seems to have originated from cabaret, seems promising. I believe customer(s) would have to pay a higher fee for such a feature.
Customer(s) would be the main audience in such a business. However, what about the customer’s dresscode? Would bermudas, T-shirt and slippers be allowed? Or do you have to dress up in a suit and tie? How about standard T-shirts and jeans? Here are some questions to ponder.
According to Ms Laurent, the cafe will introduce the Japanese quality of service here, as the “maids” are required to be proficient in English, Chinese and Japanese as well as be sociable. Rather than the run-of-the-mill café culture, Cosafe will also deliver a different experience, promised Ms Laurant.
How proficient do you need to be in the 3 languages stated? Would knowing simple phrases cut-out? Or are you required to be able to converse with the customer in lets say Japanese?
One thing’s for sure… Too many questions, so few answered.