Cinnamoroll and Sanrio fans alert. Japanese character Cinnamoroll シナモロール has floated into Singapore and landed at Kumoya at 8 Jalan Klapa, for a pop-up café collaboration from 17 May 2017 to 13 August 2017.
For those who are not so into Sanrio, Cinnamon is a white puppy with long ears, blue eyes, pink cheeks, and a plump and curly tail (not the butt) that resembles a cinnamon roll.
The collaboration with Kumoya, Singapore’s Halal-certified Japanese-French dessert café is to mark Cinnamoroll’s 15th anniversary.
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The character is ranked No. 2 on Sanrio’s 2016 Global Character ranking, and consistently ranks top 5 among Sanrio Characters for the past 5 years.
Most of his friends are named after beverages, namely Chiffon, Mocha, Espresso, Cappuccino, and Little Milk. (Only Espresso and Cappuccino are seen in this pop-up café though. Awwwww….)
The kawaii menu has been co-curated and styled by the talented @littlemissbento Shirley Wong together with the kitchen team at Kumoya.
The selected Main Courses, Desserts and Beverages all carry the themed Cinnamoroll character.
Some of the highlights include Fluffy Dreams Japanese Curry Rice ($21.90), Flying Clouds Cinnamoroll Burger ($17.90), Fun with Friends Cold Pasta ($17.90), Cinnamoroll Berries Fantasy Parfait ($17.90) featuring a double-swirl parfait, Fly-in-the Clouds Yuzu Chiffon Cake ($15.90), and Signature Eclairs ($13.90 for 4).
Food wise, I would recommend the Flying Clouds Cinnamoroll Burger ($17.90) which had a piece of chicken katsu sandwiched between cute Cinnamoroll mantou burger bun. Served with potato chips with nacho cheese and chicken ham, fish cakes and mixed salad.
I liked certain components, such as the meaty katsu and the Japanese style fish cake.
The other dish that my friends liked was the Flappy Floppy Heart Chicken Karaage with Waffles ($19.90) – buttery waffles paired with chicken karaage pieces.
There was a tasty glaze of house-made sweet shoyu over the chicken pieces, which almost felt like another take of the maple syrup.
However, as with most other character cafes in Singapore, do not come expecting the tastiest food.
For example, it may not be as hot as expected as time is needed to assemble some of the dishes.
Therefore, while I liked the curry of the Fluffy Dreams Japanese Curry Rice ($21.90), the tempura salmon was kind of on the dry side, and Japanese rice might not be as fluffy as they needed to be packed together to form the shape of a Cinnamoroll’s face.
While Kumoya is a small café, they were spot-on with the décor and made the best of its limited space with cuddly Cinnamoroll placed on almost every table, floating cotton clouds, and a photo booth outside.
To note: There is a minimum spending of $10 per person (well, a latte is already $8.90), and the café may limit dining time to 90 minutes depending on the crowd.
Cinnamoroll Café X Kumoya
8 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199320
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 9:30pm (Tue – Fri, Sun), 12:00pm – 10.30pm (Sat), Closed Mon