I was very excited when I got news of Pompompurin Cafe and Hello Kitty Cafe were coming to Singapore. Who doesn’t love cute characters theme cafe? It is something both the young and old get equally excited about. I managed to visit Pompompurin Cafe at Orchard Central with my mom after one month of its opening. As finally the queue subsided and it wasn’t that crazily long.
Pompompurin is one of the many Sanrio cute characters. He is a Golden Retriever dog who loves to collect shoes, has a talent for napping and loves his mama’s Caramel Pudding.
The space of Pompompurin Cafe isn’t huge. It is decorated like a garden with lots of traces of Pompompurin. The most attractive part of the cafe is at the centre of the cafe where Pompompurin and friends are at. There are 4 “Tomodachi House” (Friends House) with each a Pompompurin’s friends; Bagel the Squirrel, Coconut the Monkey, Mint the Frog and Macaroon the Golden Retriever. These are found on the left of the cafe when facing from the cafe.
It is interesting that the cafe serves desserts before the Main. I was quite shock when I saw my dessert order served first. It isn’t a bad move, just unusual. We don’t mind having Mains after desserts after all.
At Pompompurin Cafe, there isn’t much food selection. It is limited to 6 Mains and 5 desserts. Among the 11 items, 4 were recommended. And if you like to take home a souvenir after dinning at Pompompurin Cafe, look out for the dishes with a mug. There are 3 dishes you could choose; Bagel’s Special Pancake Tower, Spaghetti Napolitana and Mushrooom & Bacon Carbonara.
Each month, there are 2 special available, a Main and a dessert.
We opted for the Spaghetti Napolitana ($26.99). This is one of the 3 dishes with the Pompompurin mug that diners could take home as souvenir. The tomato based pasta wasn’t interesting at all. It tasted very normal with mainly pepperoni flavours. My Mom felt she could cook better than these.
The second Main we got for sharing is the Pompompurin’s Beef Stroganoff ($18.99). The rice is shaped into Pompompurin’s head. This dish is more flavourful and tasty than our first. At the minimum, we could savour the beef flavour. In the gravy, there were extremely thin slices of beef and a beef patty shaped into Pompompurin’s signature beret.
We felt the desserts and drinks fare better than the Mains. My Mango Juice ($11.99) was filled with mango pieces and of course goodness. The only dessert we ordered is the Pompompurin’s Mango Parfait ($18.99). We like the totality of the taste profile.
After having the desserts, we thought it makes sense for Pompompurin Cafe to serve the diners desserts first since the desserts tasted better. It will leave a good first impression. LOL!
At Pompompurin, how could we forget to take photos with Pompompurin? There is my Mom with the adorable mascots. I did take some too. It is up at my Instagram account @nahmj. Hop over for them.
Finally, there are more Pompompurin merchandise on sales. While making payment for your meal, do browse them and diners could make purchase for these lovely merchandise too.
We felt the food at Pompompurin Cafe was extremely average and it is expensive. Our damage for the above was $91 which included GST and service charge.
It is the cute Pompompurin and friends that stood out. We love them. If I ever return, it is not for the food but for the cuteness of the cafe. A pity no takeaway and no reservation are available at Pompompurin Cafe, at least that is the case for now.
181 Orchard Road #04-08, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 6509 8672
Daily 1100 to 2230 (Last order at 2200)
- North South line – Somerset station
- alight at Somerset Station along Somerset Road 7. 14, 14e, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 123, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 175, 190, 700, 700A, 971E
- alight at Midpoint Orchard along Orchard Road 7, 14, 14e, 16, 65, 106, 111, 123, 175, 502
- alight opposite Mandarin Orchard along Orchard Road 36, 77, 124, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 190, 518, 700, 700A