Character cafes come and go in Singapore.
They get an initial hype as fans are curious when their favourite characters turn to food, along with several photo opportunities.
However, a couple did not meet expectations in the taste or presentation factors, and had to bite the dust.
With the increasingly short attention span of diners, it seems that pop-up concepts work best to keep them interested.
People are also not going to these places to EAT-eat per se, but for photo opportunities. Therefore, presentation plays a crucial part for such cafés to sustain their appeal.
8 Character Themed Cafes In Singapore – Super Heroes and Cuteness Overload
DC Super Heroes Cafe – Takashimaya
391A Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City, #02-13, Singapore 238873 (Next to Taxi Stand)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Reservations: +65 6262 1918
DC Super Heroes Cafe – The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue, Bay Level, L1-03/04/05, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon – Thu), 11:30am – 11:30pm (Fri), 11am – 11:30pm (Sat), 11am – 11pm (Sun)
Reservations: +65 6688 7610
DC Super Heroes Cafe first made its appearance at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, complete with retail and F&B space.
Fast forward to 2018, the DC Super Heroes Cafe team decided to create another universe right in the heart of Orchard, at Takashimaya level 2.
The kitchen is helmed by Celebrity Chef Martin Woo, a well-known and award-winning veteran in the F&B industry, and the cafe showcases a total of more than 150 items of food, drinks and desserts.
The recommended is the Superman Original Free Range Chicken Burger ($25.90).
The burger scores in terms of its packaging – Decked in a box with the iconic red and yellow “S” logo, this comes with a chicken patty burger served with bacon, gouda cheese and sunny-side up egg, sandwiched between 2 fluffy brioche buns. DC Super Heroes Café (Takashimaya)
Cartoon Network Cafe By The Soup Spoon Union
83 Punggol Central, #B1-12, Waterway Point Mall, Singapore 828761
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
As a collaboration with Cartoon Network for a year, the 93-seaters Soup Spoon Union at Punggol Waterway Point has undergone a revamp with Cartoon Network wallpaper, toys, plushies and a dedicated corner for cartoon sketching.
Each of the cartoon characters will be available in the Appetisers ($8.90 – $10.90), Mains ($14.90 – $23.80), Desserts ($12.90 – $16.80) and Drinks ($4.50 – $10.90) section of the menu.
Appetisers include Adventure Time BBQ Drumlets (6pcs for $8.90), Powerpuff Potpie ($10.90), Ben 10 Baked Fries & Meatballs (6pcs for $8.90), Pan-pan Carlzone ($10.90).
My favourite was the Powerpuff Potpie ($10.90) that came with a choice of Velvety Mushroom or Clam Chowder.
However, presentation and creativity of dishes didn’t seem to be as strong over here, with some characters reflected by a token graphics print-out. Cartoon Network Café (Waterway Point)
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Arrival Hall Central #01-22, Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily
Singapore’s 1st Hello Kitty Café. Named as “Hello Kitty Orchid Garden”, the interior and menu is inspired by Singapore’s national flower.
Some local influence has been woven into the menu, which comprises of all-day breakfast fare and an array of Kitty-fied desserts, including gelato sundaes, waffles, pastries and tea cakes.
Its recommended item 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).
Located at Terminal 3’s Arrival Hall Central, the cafe is opened 24/7. Food-wise, so-so lah. Hello Kitty Orchid Garden (Changi Airport T3)
Gudetama Cafe Singapore
Suntec City Mall #01-361/362/363/364 (West Wing), 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun) Last Order 9:30pm
Created after popular Sanrio Character Gudetama, the Gudetama Café is started by homegrown brands Joe & Dough and The Soup Spoon.
The menu consists of 10 main courses, 4 side dishes, 5 desserts, 2 kids’ meals and a range of specialty drinks. Prices for main courses range from $18.00 to $38.00 and prices for side dishes start from $12.50.
Signature items include “I’m Cold” Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict ($26.90) – poached eggs with smoked salmon over mashed avocado on brioche toast drizzled with Yuzu hollandaise sauce, served with seasonal greens; Gudetama Lobster Onsen ($16.00) – lobster bisque with poached egg in bread bowl served with seasonal greens; and “Shoyu Ramen” Set ($21.50).
The “Ramen” dessert is made with chocolate and feuilletine cake topped with layers of chestnut Mont Blanc and earl grey jelly, served with a side of panna cotta and sweetened rose tea.
Of all the character cafes in Singapore, the dining crowd here seems to be the most consistent. Gudetama Café (Suntec City)
33 Tessensohn Road Singapore 217656
Opening Hours: 4 – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 12 – 11pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Hungry Heroes is not only for the kids, but adults as well, serving big-sized hearty portioned foods and platters such as gigantic burgers, twice-cooked Pork Ribs, specialty meats like the Bacon Karate Chop and the Nuclear Fission Angus Beef Cheeks.
There are many original and licensed superhero memorabilia from Marvel & other comics on display, including life-sized statues, head busts, figurines and movie posters.
Care Bears Cafe
Kumoya @ 8 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199320
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 9.30pm (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 12.00pm – 10.30pm (Fri, Sat), Last Order 30 minutes before closing, Closed Mon
Duration: 1 February (Thurs) to End March 2018
Lovable Themed Café Coming To Singapore
“Care Bear, STARE…” Care Bears Cafe IS coming to Singapore. Goody Goody Gosh! This is the first full-fledged Care Bears centric pop-up cafe in South-East Asia and Singapore.
The collaboration is taking place with Kumoya, Singapore’s first Halal-certified Japanese-French café. Kumoya is no stranger to character cafes, also behind Miffy Café and Cinnamoroll Café pop-up concepts.
The period for the Care Bears pop-up is from 1st February 2018 (Thursday) to end March 2018.
The limited-time menu has been curated and styled by well known food stylist Shirley Wong (Little Miss Bento) and the Kumoya team. Shirley is also consultant of the menu at Gudetama Café Singapore.
Offerings include Kumoya’s Star Attraction ($18.90), Cheer-Up Chicken Katsu Burger ($21.90), Seafood Chowder Rice ($28.90) and Salted Egg Yolk Fries ($11.90). Care Bears Café Singapore (Jalan Klapa)
Charlie Brown Café
Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road, #04-01, Singapore 239695 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 2am (Fri – Sat)
The first Peanuts Comic Strip themed café in South East Asia, decorated with favourite Peanuts character sculptures (I like Linus, you?)
Their menu is quite expensive, includes All-Day Breakfast (prices between $6.80 – $12.80), Mains such as Charlie Brown Chicken Rice ($13.80, nothing Charlie Brown on it though), Pastas ($12.80 – $16.80), Pizzas and Desserts.
The popular items include the Snoppy’s Lava Cake ($8.80) and American Cheese Cake ($7.80)
Good to know: The Charlie Brown Café is Halal-certified, and there is no service charge.
DreamWorks KouKou Cafe
201 Victoria Street Bugis+ Level 5 #05-04/05/06
Tel: +65 6634 2682
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
A DreamWorks KouKou Café has opened at Bugis Plus. It is named after the Chinese word “口”, and features bite-sized incarnations of the well-loved characters from iconic DreamWorks animated movies – Kungfu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls.
Started by the same folks behind Gudetama Café Singapore, the one-year pop-up café would be the first KouKou’s themed café in the world.
Some of the mains include Beef Ogre Pho ($14.90), Night Fury Steak Rice ($18.50), Peek-A-Boo Cold Soba ($14) and “Hug Time” Curry Rice ($16.50). (Emmm… could do better with the naming.)
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