When @msmabes first
suggested squealed about wanting to go check out the newly opened Pokemon Cafe Singapore some weeks back (I had no idea what a huge fan she was), I blatantly ignored her excitement. Po…ke…who? I mean, I barely knew anything about the cartoon – always preferring my Captain Planet, Gummy Bears, Looney Tunes – to notice anything else. Moreover, my Instagram feed back then was flooded with adorable, hard-to-ignore photos of the equally new Hello Kitty Cafe and Pompompurin Cafe. It was challenging to feel excited over a cartoon I had no inkling of, let alone a theme cafe.
But of course, awesome company and instagram-worthy food trumps everything else.
When my cafe-hopping kakis Mabel (of Amazinglystill) and LY (of Bumblebee Mum) announced the night before that they were going to check out the Pokemon Cafe because the pop-up theme cafe (which means it’s only a temporary set-up) was going to end its debut on 31 Jul 2016, I had to gatecrash their date. #FOMO
Never mind that I had few reports to complete, and a boss’s request to attend to immediately that very morning. #suayorwhat
I was so swarmed with work that I missed some 165 message updates that Mabel was already there, way before the cafe’s opening time, and was the first in line. With so much work on my plate and a client’s meeting right after lunchtime, I started to doubt if I could even meet the girls.
And then the girls did exactly what I wished they didn’t. They started sending photos of the food and drinks ordered which got me “omigosh-ing, how cuteee!” so much (yes, I’m a sucker for pretty stuff) that I dashed out of the office the moment I had a chance, even forgetting to touch up on lipstick, and ran as fast as my legs could carry me. What a close call. I managed to slip myself in as the doors were closing with the “tu tu tu tu tu” warning sound.
This cafe had better be worth all that madness!
By the time I arrived at Pokemon Cafe, the girls were done with their main courses. So sorry, no photos and verdict on the food, but you can always read their detailed, hilarious and entertaining account here.
They had just ordered 2 of the most “photo-worthy” desserts out of the 4 – so I was told – and hence I decided to add on one more dessert (chose the nicer looking one out of the remaining 2) + a much needed cuppa latte.
This was also the moment I realized how much of a Pokemon fan Mabel was. All aesthetically cute Pokemon props you see in the photos belong to her. She brought a bag full of them specially for this cafe visit!
The first dessert was served – Pikachu Sweeeet Pancake ($20)! I clueless asked why the biscuit which I assumed was a “lightning” was facing down instead of up. Was it because the lightning was striking Pikachu?
“It’s NOT a lightning! It’s his tail!”, Mabel and LY chided me unanimously. Whoops. I learn something new everyday.
Next came the prettiest looking desserts of ’em all – Pokeball Cream Puff ($20), which does not include the ugly hand drawn Pokeball, heart and handwritten date. Find out how we doodled our own dessert in Bumblebee Mum’s post here.
Truth be told, Mabel volunteered to doodle because both me and LY refused to have anything to do with it. Heh.
And just when I thought I could finally tuck in and feed my hunger after a few snaps…
Followed by banter somemore. Nooooooooooooooooooooooo.
At last, the dessert which I chose was served – Pikachu’s Thunder Shock ($15). Which meant even more photo-taking and toy props arranging and snapchatting…
And because we were informed by the staff that this dessert was “delicate” due to the cotton-wool looking thing (which I was later corrected by my kakis that it’s cotton candy. Haha!), no one dared to shift or hold it too much.
For the 50 minutes that I spent at Pokemon Cafe, more photos were taken than the words spoken. And so I made good use of my last 10 minutes to gobble at record speed:
Don’t I just look overly delirious at finally being able to taste something? You bet.
While I heard that the food was quite decent from Mabel and LY, the 3 desserts were too sweet (save for the pancakes which tasted blah) for my liking. Out of all the items, I enjoyed the latte the best. Well, at least coffee’s decent 🙂
So, I thought my first experience of a theme cafe was a rather good one. I was told by seasoned theme-cafe goers that the food served isn’t usually expected to be mind-blowing or life-changing. There was seemingly quite a bit of effort put into decking out the food, desserts and drinks to theme – with some dishes like the Pancake desserts even allowing you to take home a souvenir mug – as compared to others who just end up putting theme toothpicks into everything.
Is it worth a visit? It is, if you’re there to take Instagram-worthy photos, or are a fan/have kids who are fans of Pokemon. I’m a theme-cafe virgin no more!