Dec 8, 2016
Have a bite with Pikachu, Hello Kitty and more at these character-themed cafes in Singapore.
Pikachu fans can look forward to a Pokemon-themed cafe to join other character-themed eateries that have sprung up in Singapore in recent years. To open on May 27, the new cafe is a pop-up that will run until July 31 on the fourth floor of Bugis Junction. It will serve both Western and Japanese dishes, and you can buy the merchandise and take photos with the Pikachu mascot.
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Singapore’s first Hello Kitty themed cafe, which opened on May 12, will also be the world’s first 24-hour Hello Kitty cafe. The cafe located in the public area of Changi Terminal 3 can accommodate 84 people, and has a take-away counter.
Dishes on the menu are inspired by Singaporean fare, such as wagyu beef rendang and orange sugee cake. Breakfast options include Eggs Benedict with smoked duck and salmon, with a Hello Kitty twist. Prices of the main course dishes range from S$15 to S$24.
DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe
Opened in September 2015, the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe at the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort serves American-style burgers, sandwiches and steak. The cafe is decorated with posters from the DC Comics series, a life-sized figure of Superman breaking through the wall, limited-edition merchandise and a life-sized replica of the Batmobile.
There are four booths themed according to different superheroes: Supergirl, The Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, with each booth showcasing original artwork by concept artist Stanley Lau.
On the menu are superhero-inspired creations, such as the new Batman’s Wagyu Beef Jaw Burger (S$31.90; above), which is based on the Batman v Superman movie. This signature dish comes with wagyu beef and foie gras butter served in a charcoal burger bun with the Batman logo. Prices for burgers and entrees range from about S$20 to S$40.
Charlie Brown Cafe
The Charlie Brown Cafe is South-east Asia’s first Peanuts comic strip themed-cafe. Its first outlet in Orchard Cineleisure Mall opened in 2011, followed by the OneKM mall in 2015. Both cafes are Halal-certified.
Some signature dishes include the Honey Grilled Chicken (S$14) and the Beef Risotto ($14). And for dessert, the chocolate and matcha lava cakes (S$7) which come decorated with a drawing of Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s pet beagle. You can buy Peanuts merchandise, including mugs, clothing and plush toys, at the cafes or from the website.
The cafe is named after the Sanrio character Pompompurin, a golden retriever that has been nominated twice as the most popular character by Strawberry News, a magazine published by Sanrio. The eatery on the fourth level of Orchard Central opened on April 18 and is Sanrio’s first character-themed cafe in Singapore, after opening in places like Tokyo and Hong Kong.
The cafe has space for 78 diners and serve creatively styled dishes, like the Pompompurin shaped banana and caramel pancakes (S$16.99) and the Taco Rice In A Cup of Friendship (S$19.99). Main courses are priced between S$18 and S$27. Beverages include the hot latte (S$12.99), which comes with Pompompurin-shaped marshmallows.
Every Pompompurin Cafe has a centrepiece of its own that serves as a photo op spot. For the Singapore outlet, there is a decorative tree, which features 3D mascots of Pompompurin and friends.
Fans can satisfy their craving for all things pop culture at Hungry Heroes, along Tessensohn Road. The eye-catching DIY superhero chandelier hangs from the ceiling and is decorated with superhero action figures.
There are life-sized superhero statues and head busts of Captain America, Thor and Iron Man. The walls feature more than 100 superhero and pop culture posters in frames. These include posters of actress Audrey Hepburn and The Beatles. There is also a faux weapons showcase, inspired by the movie Kick-Ass.
The restaurant serves American-style dishes, like the Bacon Karate Chop with Honey Thyme Gastrique (S$20) and the Mother of all Chicken Burgers (S$32, above). Prices for the main courses are from S$19 to S$30.
The Little Prince Creamery
Opened in July 2015, The Little Prince Creamery is a heartland cafe at 47 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh inspired by the classic French book The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The walls and floor feature drawings of key characters like the Little Prince and the boa constrictor.
The cafe serves artisan teas and hand-crafted gelato which pair well with waffles and sandwiches. There is also a Rose Cafe Latte (S$5) based on the Little Prince’s beloved rose in the book. Prices for waffles and sandwiches range from S$6.90 to S$8.90.
Professor Brawn Cafe
The brain child of Singapore’s Member of Parliament Denise Phua and her husband Roland Tay, the idea for Professor Brawn Cafe was sparked off by the couple’s son, Jun-Yi. Mr Tay decided on the name of the cafe after he saw his then 12-year-old son Jun-Yi’s drawing of a scholarly superhero, Professor Brawn.
Jun-Yi, who is autistic, described the superhero as “strong, smart and kind”, and Mr Tay wanted the cafe to embody these characteristics. He hires teenagers with autism at the two outlets at Boat Quay and Novena, and gives them a chance to experience being in the working world.
The cafe serves Western food, like pan-seared Norwegian salmon (S$17.90) and savoury BBQ pork ribs (S$18.90). Prices for the main courses range from S$12.90 to S$18.90. Each section of the menu has an academic theme, such as calling the salmon dish a “main module”.
– ADAPTED FROM AN ARTICLE ON STRAITSTIMES.COM BY JESSIE LIM