Many years ago when my kids were younger, I was on a mission to visit every single indoor playground in Singapore. Now, I’m on a new mission to visit every single themed cafe in Singapore. But visiting themed cafes with just my boys is… not very exciting. When the theme is not something boyish like Super Heroes or Lego.
Using my birthday as the perfect excuse, I dragged a bunch of friends (Mabel from Amazingly Still, May from A Million Little Echoes and Summer from A Happy Mum) with me to Pompompurin Cafe Singapore. Okay, I didn’t exactly drag them. They were the ones who decided at 12 midnight while I was sleeping to meet to celebrate my birthday in 11 hours time. Who plans last minute birthday celebrations at 12 midnight while the birthday girl is sleeping?? Anyway, it all worked out well since we thrive on being impromptu.
They were really sporting to play along to my themed cafe craze, especially when none of them even knew what Pompompurin was?
Truth be told, I was not THAT familiar with Pompompurin either. I only knew it was one of the famous Sanrio characters, along with Hello Kitty. And Pompompurin Cafe in Tokyo was originally in my itinerary for my Japan trip last December, but it got over-ridden by Thomas Town. May commented that Pompompurin looked like a blob of pudding. And for a while I wondered if it was really a pudding, because ‘purin’ means pudding in Japanese. Then I googled and found out that Pompompurin was a golden retriever dog who likes to eat pudding. So we are all clear now on what Pompompurin is.
Pompompurin Cafe Singapore is an official Sanrio themed cafe located conveniently along Orchard Road. Sanrio-chop-approved themed cafes (or Sanrio-chop-approved anything, even onsens, for that matter) rarely go wrong.
In terms of decor, Pompompurin Cafe Singapore did not disappoint.
We were there at 11am on a weekday once they opened, and were the only customers. How awesome was that?? One of the reasons I forsake Pompompurin Cafe Tokyo was because I read that it had a notoriously long queue, and my boys didn’t do queues well – especially in winter. I know it’s mean to be happy that Pompompurin Cafe Singapore wasn’t doing as well, but.. I WAS FREAKING HAPPY CAN? Coz I was free to take photos of all corners of the cafe!
Themed lights? Check.
Themed chairs? Check.
Themed booths? Check.
More themed booths? Check.
Themed table setting? Check.
Themed menu? Check.
Highly amused kid? Check.
Good company? Check.
Image Credit: Amazingly Still
Alright, time to move on to the FOOD! To me, I don’t care much about the taste of the food at themed cafes. As long as they are edible. I value the presentation more. Themed cafe food should ideally have the theme incorporated in the food, not just served on themed plates, if you know what I mean. And in this aspect, Pompompurin Cafe Singapore lived up to expectations.
The first dish we ordered was the Taco Rice in a Cup of Friendship ($19.99++). Seriously.. Why do themed cafe food names have to be such a mouthful! I thought Pokemon Cafe went a little overboard with the names, but Pompompurin Cafe was just the same.
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Anyway… I loved the presentation of this Taco Rice in a Cup of Friendship (I just had to repeat it)! The rice was beautifully shaped into the shape of Pompompurin. And sitting on his head was I THINK his friend Muffin? It can’t be that easy to create Muffin out of a ball of cream cheese but okay, I can see the EFFORT.
I thought the taco chips went very well with the salsa, but they only gave like 4 or 5 pieces of nacho chips. Sad. Wish they had given more! But on the whole this tasted better than I expected.
The other dish we ordered was sorry-cannot-remember-the-official-fancy-name. It was written as ‘Beef Stroganoff’ ($18.99++) on the receipt.
GAH.. So cute!! The sauce (which I thought was curry) was not spicy, and MY loved it. However, the only beef in this dish was Pompompurin’s hat – which wasn’t a lot. There was no like minced beef in the rest of the sauce.
And in place of a birthday cake, the girls got me this Bagel’s Special Pancake Tower ($21.99++).
This was one of three dishes on the main menu that came with a souvenir mug that you could bring home. Yup, the Pompompurin-shaped mup holding the pancake syrup. But no, you are not supposed to bring the one on your plate home. They will give you a new one in a box at the cashier when you’re making payment.
I thought the size and shape of the souvenir mug wasn’t very practical compared to the souvenir mug we got from Pokemon Cafe. But oh well, it would look nice on my display shelf with my Hello Kitty collectibles. In case you are wondering, these are the menu items that came with the souvenir mug:
I’m not sure if you noticed, the items that came with the souvenir mug were slightly more blah in terms of presentation. It’s what I call normal theme-less food but served with sauce in a themed mug. So we were pretty torn frankly – whether to order a pretty themed item that did not come with a souvenir mug, or to order a not very pretty item that came with a souvenir mug. ARGH… Decisions decisions.
But I tell you what. I am going to come back here another day after 2pm for their high tea set ($49.99++). Which has pretty themed food AND souvenirs to bring back.
Anyway if you are sucker for souvenirs, feel free to check out the souvenirs on sale next to the cashier.
And before I end off, I just want to remark that I was quite disappointed that the plain water was not served in a themed cup?? Oh well.. At least they don’t charge for water. Considering how many cafes charge for water these days, I guess I shouldn’t complain.
Pompompurin Cafe Singapore is easily one of the prettiest themed cafes in Singapore. That alone warrants it a visit at least once.
I have VERY LOW expectations for the taste of food at themed cafes, and I thought Pompompurin Cafe Singapore’s food was not bad at all. And I love it that they had these limited-time only items!
Which now as I’m writing this I wonder why I didn’t order them?
I suspect this will NOT be my last visit to Pompompurin Cafe Singapore.
Information on Pompompurin Cafe Singapore:
Address: Orchard Central #04-06, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Getting There: Somerset MRT (NS23). Use Exit D and take the elevator up to Level 4.
Opening Hours: 11am to 10.30pm daily (last order 10pm)
Tel: 6509 8672
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