On a daily basis I find myself asking, "Why aren't I in Japan right now?"
It's a perplexing dilemma: I love my country, its plundering mates, beer and, erm, glowing women. But Australia is missing one thing:
Relentless, wacky, outrageous weirdness...of the Resident Evil Restaurant variety.
In what one can only assume is part of the Resident Evil 6 marketing trail (and of course the 100th Resident Evil movie currently being primed for release), the Resident Evil Restaurant, or, Bioshock Cafe & Grill, is a celebration of the popular survival horror/action third-person shooter/on-rails multiplayer shooter series.
Only it doesn't quite seem like a fine dining experience, more like a themed restaurant experience that should offer plenty of "in" jokes, memorable attractions and memorabilia for those familiar with the video game series.
From red erb shots, to rations of rice and meat, the restaurant certainly seems to play on the Resident Evil series's gameplay mechanics.
The last themed restaurant in Melbourne was the Hard Rock Cafe, although that went out the door with most tacky 1990s Hollywood-inspired attractions that once plagued the city (remember Planet Hollywood? erghhjhacjjhcsja).
There's still the tram-car dining experience, and surely some themed restaurants around the place, but none of the caliber of a globally recognised brand...and certainly none with cute Japanese girls shooting at large LCD projections of gruesome foes.
Come to think of it, it's about time Australia got a Call of Duty-theme restaurant. Imagine that: a dining experience in a mock battlefield environment, where the menu NEVER changes...
Anyhoo, check out some pics from the restaurant, thanks to some random Japanese blogs I, erm, randomly came across...