When the kids were younger, I used to decide where to celebrate the kids’ birthdays, and what the theme of their parties would be. I mean, obviously… Because if you really think that 1 year old MY knew anything about Lego, you are deluded.
End of last year, for MF’s 6th birthday, he decided he wanted to have a Pokemon-themed birthday celebration. I know it sounds like something I would come up with, but nope, he decided the theme okay? Trust me, the 6 year old knows WAY more about Pokemon than I do. And he already has a Cleffa and a Magby, I still don’t have a single baby Pokemon. *grumble grumble*
So it was extremely timely that the pop-up Pokemon Cafe in Singapore returned for a second round in time for his birthday! When I visited the first round of Pokemon Cafe earlier last year, Pokemon Go had not reached Singapore yet. So back then, MF wasn’t all that interested in Pokemon yet. He even rejected my offer to ponteng him (take him out of school) to bring him to Pokemon Cafe back then. Can you imagine??
But this time round, the pop-up cafe came after MF had spent a few months playing Pokemon Go and watching not-sure-how-many-seasons of Pokemon cartoon on YouTube. So when he said he wanted to have a Pokemon themed birthday celebration, I thought, why not bring him to the pop-up Pokemon Cafe?
Of course, what fun would a Pokemon Cafe visit be without like-minded cafe kakis (friends) who are equally ‘on’ (enthusiastic) about Pokemon. So Mabel (Amazingly Still) brought her kids as well – so that the kids could engage in their kiddish Pokemon talk while buying enough time for us adults to snap a few photos of the food before they were destroyed by the kids.
Between our families, we ordered all four main dishes they had available. We started with the mandatory Pikachu Smiling Aloha Region Curry Rice ($25++). It may look similar to the Pikachu Similing Rice from the previous round of Pokemon Cafe Singapore, but this time round they added a shrimp patty – and the price remained the same!
We loved the shrimp patty and it was definitely a welcome improvement from the last round.
The boys attacked Pikachu’s ears, and were having a ball over how they were eating Pikachu’s ears.
And this time round, the Pikachu Smiling Rice was served with Japanese curry – which was more easily acceptable compared to the strange Magma sauce they served the last time.
Next, we had the I Love Pikachu Ketchup! ($20++), which was our least favourite dish. As the name suggested, it was served in a Pokemon Cafe ketchup bottle and you could bring the whole bottle of ketchup home.
This dish was a bit similar to ‘Battle On Pikachu! Level up with Rare Candy!’ from the last round in terms of presentation and ingredients. But we weren’t big fans of the tomato rice. And this time they served it with chicken patty instead of beef patty, and we preferred the beef patty.
Moving on to the next main, instead of the unimpressive truffle fries from the last round, they introduced an Aloha Region’s Fish ‘n’ Fries ($15++), which was SO much better imo.
They continued serving the ketchup and mayonnaise in the form of a Pokeball, and this time round they added in a great ball!
And the crispy battered fish fillet and curly fries were quite yummy. All the kids loved this dish.
And the last main we had was the Special Z-Move “Gigantic Havoc”!? ($18++) – which was tortilla chips in a pretty classic chicken and chilli sauce, served with sour cream, guacamole and cheese. I enjoyed this dish a lot – and they were pretty generous with the sauce! We were left with so much sauce. But that may be due to the kids picking out the tortilla chips without dipping the (slightly spicy) sauce.
And the kids were definitely tickled by the icey frozen mango-flavoured Pikachu sorbet by the side.
For drinks I had the *yawnz* same Pokemon Cafe Iced Latte ($9++) that I had the last time. Because I needed my coffee.
And the boys seemed to have a strange fetish for Pikachu’s ears. For they attacked the ears before I could even take a sip of my latte.
MY chose the Iced Island Tea ($12++) – where he could bring home the bottle together with the Exeggutor charm.
MF chose the Pokemon Cafe’s Potion ($12++), and he was also able to bring home the glass bottle, complete with the Pokemon Cafe charm.
And since it was MF’s birthday, I let him choose one dessert. I was secretly happy that he picked the Aloha Region Volcano ($25++) – because it was the only dessert that came with a souvenir cup. (I later found out that Mabel had kind of influenced his choice – Thanks Mabel!)
Frankly, I would never have picked this dessert based on the picture on the menu, if not for the fact that it came with a souvenir cup. But when it arrived, OMG.
That Pokeball serving tray was freaking HUGE!! And they even put a cup of dry ice inside to make it super dramatic.
I have to post a video of the kids’ reaction when it was served.
MF was double happy when he got to pout the ‘lava’ into the volcano.
And when he tucked in, he was triple happy to discover that there was ice-cream hidden inside the volcano!
On the whole, we found the food at the second round of pop-up Pokemon Cafe in Singapore better than the first round. Mabel and I were saying that we wouldn’t mind coming back again for the food – something really rare for themed cafes, because my mentality when it comes to visiting themed cafes is to just go once for the experience and that’s it. But as I wrote this, I actually miss those tortilla chips!
Most importantly, MF enjoyed the visit to Pokemon Cafe a lot. (The little brother too of course.) We may have spent a bomb, but hey, what better excuse is there to visit overpriced themed cafes than your kid’s birthday? (And my own birthday for that matter – if you remember. :p)
The second round of Pokemon Cafe Singapore will be up at the same location as the last round (Bugis Junction #04-05) and will be there till 19 February 2017.
Pokemon Cafe Singapore (Round 2) Full Menu
Information on Pokemon Cafe Singapore:
Address: Bugis Junction #04-05, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021
Getting There: Bugis MRT (DT14 / EW12)
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm Daily from 24 Nov 2016 to 19 Feb 2017
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