Singapore’s first Hello Kitty-themed café has opened its 24-hour doors at Changi Airport T3.
Inspired by Singapore’s lush city greenery and national flower, the café has an orchid garden/glass house/terrace theme. This can be seen in the stores architecture, where most of the interior is set inside a glass house with a small row of terrace-style seats on the outside.
The story goes that Hello Kitty was given some orchid seeds and she decided to grow them and have her orchid garden. Thus, Hello Kitty Orchid Garden came to bloom.
There are plenty of subtle “Kitty-touches” around the café – from the ribbon-topped chairs and tables emblazoned with the cafe’s name, to cosy hanging wicker chairs and pages from Hello Kitty’s journal on the wall.
The design and character placement is slightly more subtle than the Pom Pom Purin Café, Sanrio’s other character themed cafe in Singapore, probably because the cafe is meant to appeal to more than the not-so-average Hello Kitty lover – hence a little more sophisticated and classy.
Fans can pick up four different kinds of souvenirs at the store which will change on a seasonal basis. Available right now are custom blend tea ($38.90) and coffee ($27.50), personal planters (sweet corn, tomato, cucumber and eggplant), pack-of-four postcards ($16) and a limited edition Orchard Garden Hello Kitty plush ($49.90). There are only 500 pieces of the plush available, and are limited to two per customer.
If you still haven’t gotten your plush, you may want to call ahead to check if there’s still stock in the store.
The menu is made up mostly of western-style dishes, some with a local twist. The dishes are all Kitty-fied in some way; usually by name or with a Kitty-inspired look.
For starters, try their Hola Nachos ($15.90), crisp tortilla chips topped with shaved Parmesan, jalapeños, olives, onions, and tomato salsa and served with a divine cheddar cheese sauce.
For those with heartier appetites, go for the Let’s Do The Salsa ($16.50); a hefty shredded chicken and cheese sandwich dressed with zingy taco-flavoured mayonnaise and a side of salad.
The also offer All-Day Breakfast dishes such as the Big Breakfast Surprise ($18.50) which has a Kitty-head shaped waffle, served with scrambled eggs, honey-lime maple syrup and shiitake mushrooms (see featured image). While we didn’t get to try it, its one dish we’re definitely looking forward too.
Unique to Singapore’s cafe is the range of home-made gelato. The flavours include the usual chocolate and vanilla; fruity favourites such as mango and wild strawberry; nutty treasures like hazelnut and pistachio; and the ever-popular matcha and peanut butter cup.
One locally-infused treat to eat is Rose, Rose I love You ($17.50). Another dish we didn’t get to try but really really want to, it is a potted rose bloom made with a moist, buttery orange sugee cake topped with crunch chocolate “soil” and perfectly sculpted pink strawberry butter-cream rose petals. It also comes with a scoop of peanut buttercup gelato on the side.
The first 24-hour Hello Kitty Café in the world is certainly worth a visit, at least for the food if not the atmosphere. And since it’s opened around the clock, for night owls who drive, you may want to consider visiting in the wee hours of the morning for a more peaceful dining experience.
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