Welcome to POMPOMPURIN Café, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia! Tucked above the city at Orchard Central, the themed café is set to take Singapore by storm.
POMPOMPURIN is a lovable golden retriever who is easily recognised by his friendly smile and brown beret. He ranked #1 in Sanrio Character ranking in 2015 and is considered one of Sanrio’s most well-known characters.
Every café has a different theme and Singapore’s is “Garden City”. It’s inspired by the lush greenery in our city scape. It is bright and airy and its soothing pastel colours creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
It has four adorable 4-seater booths “Tomodachi House” (translated as Friends House) that features each one of Purin’s friends – Bagel the Squirrel, Coconut the Monkey, Mint the Frog and Macaroon the Golden Retriever. The booths are vibrantly coloured and share a little tidbit about the characters’ personality – Coconut the Monkey lives in the tropics and his booth is a sunny yellow.
POMPOMPURIN Café’s Grand Menu serves a wide variety of main dishes, sets, beverages and desserts using at least a third of ingredients imported from Japan.
Prices start at $5.99 for drinks like soda, coffee and tea while their lattes go for about $11.99. Main courses start at $17.99 and can go up to $24.99 for a sharing platter.
We got to try some of their recommended dishes at their media launch and they were really yummy!
We started with the Cookies and Cream Caramel Latte which was topped with an adorable POMPOMPURIN cookie and fresh strawberries. The latte was made with a thick, dense fresh cream that is akin to ice-cream rather than whipped cream. The confectionery was incredible sweet, and is best enjoyed after the meal as a dessert or a tea-time treat.
One must-try dish is their Coconut Milk Chicken Curry ($17.99). Its taste is reminiscent of Thai green curry, albeit a bit sweeter and without the green colour. The chicken pieces are incredibly tender and it isn’t too spicy, so even children can enjoy it. The rice serving is more than it appears to be, so if you have a smaller appetite and have a hankering for dessert, you might want to consider sharing them.
We also tried the Beef Stragonoff which had a stronger, more savoury flavour which some may find too salty. The meatball beret is a cute attempt if a little dry and the rice, again, has a portion that is more than meet the eye – which results in you running out of gravy and beef before you’re done with the rice.
Last but not least, we had the Mango Parfait ($19.99). The firm soy pudding had a light flavour that went well with the slightly-sour mangos, roasted-caramel and vanilla ice-cream. Underneath the pudding was a thick layer of cream and under that were cubes of moist sponge cake. POMPOMPURIN’s beret was a dark chocolate coated cookie which was crispy and took a bit off the overwhelming sweetness of the entire treat.
The café also has a small merchandise area where POMPOMPURIN fans can stock up on their favourite kyara’s products. Prices start from $2.99 (Ballpoint Pen) to $39.99 (Pillow Plush).
From water bottles to post-its and mugs to stuffed POMPOMPURINs, the shelves are filled with bright yellow pieces of joy.
POMPOMPURIN Café is a visual and atmospheric treat for fans of the kawaii character. and has great appeal as a hangout spot for families with young children. However the high price point may deter cafe hunters from being return visitors.
POMPOMPURIN Café 181 Orchard Road #04-08, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896 Tel: +65 6509 8672 Daily, 11am to 10.30pm (L.O. 10pm) Takeaway services are not available No reservations, walk-in only Corporate bookings are negotiable Facebook | Instagram