Sadly, the new service is only available in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. So if you don’t live in these parts of the Bay Area — no ramen soup for you!
Menu items include Japanese Black Garlic Tonkatsu Ramen, Japanese Asari Ramen, and Korean Spicy Seafood Jjamppong Ramen with most meals costing $10.99 and $11.99. Yo-Kai is also selling add-ons like tea and coffee drinks as well.
Yo-Kai’s menu was actually created by a Michelin-star chef (if you have the chance to try their vending machine, I highly recommend). With the mail order kit, Yo-Kai will send you the pre-portioned ingredients and provides you with the instructions for making the meal.
According to the Yo-Kai store’s website, there is free shipping on orders over $60 and meals ordered before 5 p.m. will deliver the next day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Meals ordered after 5 p.m. will be delivered in two days.
This is an interesting move for Yo-Kai, given the current state of the world. The company had placed vending machines in high-traffic areas like the SFO airport, the Metreon in downtown San Francisco and other corporate campuses. But given California’s shelter in place order, those locations aren’t so high-traffic any more, and who knows when things will return to the normal level of activity.
Adding a mail order kit option gives Yo-Kai and entirely new line of business catering to people who have to stay at home. They are also carving out a nice lane for themselves by focusing on ramen. It’s like getting a restaurant meal delivered, without paying exorbitant delivery fees (though you do have to cook it).
A Yo-Kai is a Japanese spirit that can appear anywhere. With these new meal kits, Yo-Kais ramen can now magically appear at your doorstep.