Bello, Bello! For fans of the cute little yellow characters, the Minion Café is back – this time in the heart of Clarke Quay.
The current pop-up period is from 28 October 2021 to 2 January 2022.
For the uninitiated, the Minions are small, yellow fictional creatures which gained much fame after their appearance in the movie Despicable Me.
Fun fact: They serve the most terrible of villains, have five different hairstyles, and enjoy eating bananas.
There was actually once a pop-up Minion Café in Singapore back in 2017, though they received a relatively low Google rating of 2.4 out of 5 then generally due to the higher price and lukewarm food. Miam Miam! Huh?
This time, the food is brought by 1-Group which is behind concepts like The Garage and The Summerhouse.
With themed menu dishes and Minions-inspired artwork, the café attempts to offer an immersive experience creating the colourful backdrop for fans to create Instagram and TikTok worthy posts.
Fans may also look forward to vibrant and Minion-inspired eats such as the Minion Big Pan Breakfast ($28), Minion Kelong Prawn and Scallop Minion Pizza ($32), Minion Wagyu Lunch Plate ($28), Minion Wagyu Cheese Burger ($32), and for dessert the Minion Banana Boat ($18).
Aside from dishes based on PARCO Japan’s menu, new Singaporean inspired dishes such as the Minion Singapore Prawn Noodle ($24) and Minion Pumpkin Mantou with Chilli Crab Dip ($15 for 4 pcs) are specially created for the local palate.
Here are some of the recommended Minion Cafe dishes and dessert:
Minion Wagyu Lunch Plate ($28)
Wagyu burger patty with Minion rice balls, fried prawns, sunny side up, mini chicken sausage and creamy potato puree. There is also a meat-free version included with Beyond patty.
Minion Keema Chicken Curry ($25)
Minced Chicken Curry with turmeric rice, sauteed portobello mushrooms, crispy lotus and banana (?). Yes, crunchy banana chips.
Minion Singapore Prawn Noodles ($22)
Yellow noodles in seafood broth served with fresh clams, prawns, scallops, cherry tomatoes and bean sprouts.
Minion Pumpkin Mantou with Chilli Crab Meat Dip ($15)
Cute mantou decorated like Minions, with a Singapore chilli crab sauce inspired dip.
Minion Kelong Prawn & Scallop Pizza ($26)
12 inch pizza topped with tiger prawns, scallops, mascarpone, mozzarella cheese and adorable Minion faces. Hmmm….
Minion Mac & Cheese ($18)
Macaroni pasta with turkey bacon and cheddar cheese.
Minion Banana Boat ($18)
Have two types of ice cream – strawberry and cotton candy on sponge cake and accompanied with corn flakes, mango whipped cream and blueberries.
Yellow Bellow Pineapple ($9)
A pineapple and lemon juice beverage included with pineapple compote, passionfruit, digestive biscuits, and whipped cream.
Minion Banana Drink ($9)
A banana milk drink included with banana fruit slice and cornflakes.
Overall speaking, one of the well-received dishes was the Minion Keema Chicken Curry which had a creamy, light spicy gravy, though I would have wished for more toppings, while the banana chips seemed out of place (even though I know it is a Minion cafe).
Other than that, the Minion Banana Boat was another favourite, with varying textures from the crunchy corn flakes to decent commercial-tasting ice cream.
The banana was coated with white chocolate and a moist sponge cake base, and everything gelled better together as a whole for a character cafe standard.
Minion Café Singapore
Clarke Quay Block A #01-01C to 01D, 3A River Valley Road, Merchant’s Court, Singapore 179020
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
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* Photos by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. The above photos were from a media preview.