[Closing] Another character cafe bites the dust. Hello Kitty Orchid Garden, Singapore’s first themed café starring the iconic feline, and the world’s first 24-hour Hello Kitty café is bidding fans a heartfelt farewell after more than two years in operation.
Its last day of operations will be on February 8 2019.
They will be throwing farewell tea parties over two weekends in December 2018 – 8, 9, 15 and 16 December 2018, from 2pm – 4pm.
Ticket price for the farewell party is at $138 nett per ticket (for 2 persons) though. At least you get a limited edition Orchids For You Figurine. (Wait, will people just go get the food, leave the food alone, then sell those on Carousell?)
Despite a strong opening, long queue during the initial days, and some attention from tourists (especially those from Indonesia), it seems like even the popular Hello Kitty Cafe has its end days.
This could be due to a number of reasons (lack of continual marketing and exposure, price etc), but it boils down to the quality of food.
Several character cafes in Singapore, unfortunately, have the reputation of “good-for-photos, not-good-for-taste”.
Also perhaps this Hello Kitty Orchid Garden faces with kitchen limitations, and food is usually at most lukewarm.
Oh well, bye Hello Kitty.
[Original Entry] Singapore’s 1st Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Cafe has officially arrived at Changi Airport Terminal 3, making this a must-visit destination for Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel fans.
*Hands up* Who is already thinking of arriving at the airport earlier for your next travel, just to have some Kitty food?
Will you queue that long for a cat?
Here are 10 Things About Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Singapore
1. Hello Kitty Orchid Garden is so named as it draws inspiration from Singapore’s national flower – the orchid.
2. This is the world’s first Hello Kitty themed café that is opened 24/7.
3. It is located at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, which is the world’s most awarded airport.
4. Hello Kitty Orchid Garden is operated by Europa Specialty Restaurants, a subsidiary owned by ABR Holdings Ltd which also operates Swensen’s and Tip Top Curry Puffs in Singapore.
5. There will be SOME specially designed local food, such as the Cowbunga Wagyu ($24) which is a Hello Kitty version of beef rendang.
6. There are 8 flavours of gelato at any time.
7. The Singapore Hello Kitty mascot is the ONLY hello kitty with 2 bows in the world.
8. There is a range of custom Hello Kitty inspired tea blends, plush toys, grow-it-yourself plant kits, and postcards at the retail corner.
9. Limited edition plush toys are retailing at $49.90. 500 in total, limited to 2 per pax. Quick, quick.
10. The café is applying for halal certification.
The interior boosts of elegant touches, and the logo and face are more subtle in terms of presentation and decoration.
This is perhaps done for more broader appeal not just for the Hello Kitty fans, not just the females but males as well.
The garden city theme is also strong, with the cafe shaped like a glasshouse in colonial black and white, enhanced with fresh flowers.
Hello Kitty foodie fans can open their mouths for a range of Kitty-fied food such as all-day breakfast, mains and desserts.
Some of the recommended include a Big Breakfast Surprise ($18.50), Kitty Meets Benedict ($17.50 with Hollandaise sauce done two ways in yuzu and dill, Enchanted Forest quesadillas ($17.90), Cowabunga Wagyu ($24), Kitty Goes Fishing salmon ($23.90), and The Cat in Paradise dessert ($18.50).
While we loved the decor, we can’t say much about their food.
Okay, here is what we liked: The Hide & Seek ($16.90) is a pandan infused panna cotta dessert with vanilla gelato and a trio of gula melaka, passionfruit and strawberry marshmallow sauce.
The texture was smooth and light, though we wished for a stronger taste of the gula melaka for it to be more pronounced.
On the other hand, the Hola Nachos ($15.90) was just a version slightly better than what the cinema serves, with tortilla chips served in thick, cold cheesy Parmesan sauce.
We must say we were slightly disappointed in terms of food offering, especially when there was much initial news and hype on how it would feature “locally inspired menu”? Seemed more like a marketing angle.
Other than a token rendang dish, a pandan panna cotta and sugee cake, there were none so other spotted.
Why not some Hello Kitty Chicken Rice, Laksa or even Kaya Toast? It felt like a wasted opportunity to showcase cutesy local mash-ups.
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Arrival Hall Central #01-22 Terminal 3 Singapore Changi Airport
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily