Friday 8 July 2016

[Review] Pompompurin Cafe @ Orchard Central (Singapore)

Pompompurin Cafe (布丁狗餐厅) is the first Sanrio character cafe in Singapore follow by Hello Kitty Orchard Garden which is located at Changi International Airport (terminal 3, arrival hall). Pompompurin or aka Purin is a big yellow coloured dog who wears his trademark brown beret. This newly setup cafe is located at level four of Orchard Central Mall and the queue starts to form even way before it opens at 11am.

Overall our impression of the cafe on our first visit was quite neutral. Despite of the waiting time (the queue and serving time for food), average food and price I think the cafe is still an insta-worthy place if you are looking for something different.

The cafe has a few types of sitting arrangement such as; 4-seater round table with huge purin umbrella near the entrance, “Tomodachi House” on the left featuring Purin’s friends (we were lucky to get a seat at one of these house with a large pompompurin plush in it) and cute purin sofa seats at the back row. Beside the cute seating area there is another popular photo taking spot which is the huge "Pompompurin Tree" located in the centre of the cafe.

Pompompurin Cafe @ Orchard Central

A short clip on our first visit to Pompompurin Cafe.

[Pompompurin Cafe] Menu: Main Course & Dessert
Basically there isn’t much food selection on their menu from the 6 Mains and 5 Desserts. The main items are either rice or pasta whereas for dessert you can choose between pancake, parfait or pudding each decorate with adorable purin theme design.

[Tips] As the food may take some time to prepare due to the styling, perhaps you can browse through the menu (refer to the menu board outside the cafe) before hand so that you can make your order upon seating. After that you can move around taking photos (selfies) or explore the merchandise area while waiting for the food to be served.

[Pompompurin Cafe] Menu: Monthly Special
Every month the cafe will introduce two new items (1 main; 1 dessert) on top of the regular ones available on the menu so do checkout their facebook page for more detail.

[Pompompurin Cafe] Menu: Beverages

At a glance from the beverage menu above you can see there isn't much choices on purin design so we end up getting Cookies & Cream Caramel Latte ($11.99) instead of Marshmallow Latte which cost $12++. Ok, don't except too much on the quality of the coffee and taste (despite on the price) which we find it quite dilute in term of coffee ratio to the amount of whipped cream and milk.

For main course we ordered Mushroom & Bacon Carbonara ($26.99) serve with creamy spaghetti (toss with mushroom and bacon), toasted french baguette (with salsa dip in purin mug), crisp onion ring and salad green. In term of taste, the creamy sauce is still acceptable with springy pasta but overall I think it quite pricey in term of noodles and 2 slices of bread.

Oh ya, not to forget. You get to take home a brand new Pompompurin Mug for FREE with every order on the menu that marks with a "pompompurin mug logo" shown above. Just a side note this collectable mug is not sold separately at the cafe merchandise section so the only way to get it is to dine-in at the cafe.

If you are looking for some light snack like cakes and buns with cute design, perhaps you might be interested in their weekday High-Tea Set ($44.99 excluding beverages) which is available from Monday to Friday at 2 - 5pm only.

Before leaving you might want to check out their merchandise section (near the cashier) to get a souvenir which often replenish new items from time to time depending on the stocks. Items available include plush toys, drinking cup, bag, water tumbler, T-shirt, cushion, and more.

181 Orchard Road
#04-08 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896
Telephone: (+65) 65098672

Opening Hours:
11:00am - 10:30pm (Daily)

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