Escorted by a minion garbed as a Victorian maid, we were shown to a table over by the coffin and promptly calmed our palpitations with the complimentary shot of red wine. We followed our order with an overdue Bloody Mary—an original version of the classic that came with a side of Dracula’s Blood liqueur—and marinated octopus suckers and smoked salmon served in a diminutive burial casket. If death makes you jittery and you prefer to suck on a cigarette instead of your date’s neck, then the staff will obligingly bring you something to stave off your cravings if you ring the bell at your table.
Our appetizer of “raw” spring rolls filed with maguro (¥900) arrived arranged in a cross on a bed of thinly sliced tomato. Coupled with the hand made croquettes on chunky tomato sauce, they were a tasty way to kick things off. However when our entrees of duck with miso sauce (¥1200) and roast chicken with yuzu herb crust (¥1100) arrived, our palates began to suffer a little from repetitive strain injury. While the foul were well cooked and tender, both dishes came slathered with the same miso-based "vampire" gravy—the chicken was splattered with the bloody tomato sauce that the croquette lain in—and an identical selection of vegetables. In retrospect maybe we should have gone for the steak and garlic bread. In fairness, the menu is more interesting and well developed than your average theme restaurant, and there seems to be no shortage of OL victims who choose the restaurant as the sight of seductions—culinary, real or imaginary.
If you’re feeling anemic and in need of further sustenance, the oversize honey butter toast offers plenty to sink your fangs into while Pandora’s Box of fruit salad (¥680), which is confusingly placed on the appetizer menu.