Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café @ Singapore Changi Airport

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hello Kitty has made its way to Singapore! I have visited the one in Seoul and Taipei (how time flies haahaa) but the all these experience differs. The cafés are themed in their own ways, for instance, Singapore’s Hello Kitty Orchid Garden is designed to match the country’s ‘garden city’ ambiance, combining the inspiration from the nation flower, orchid. This is definitely uniquely Singapore (syncing it with the country’s previous tagline, which has been revolutionised to YourSingapore).

The food items served here differs from the rest of the Hello Kitty cafes around the world as well. Over here, expect to see local and Asian dishes such as all-day breakfast, sides and salads, mains and desserts. What’s more, these dishes are kitty-fied from appearance to the tableware.

I can see why the Big Breakfast Surprise | $18.5 is the most loved dishes with the kitty-shaped waffles. It comprises of creamy scrambled eggs, sautéed shiitake mushrooms, smoked duck slices and crispy kitty waffles embedded with melted cheddar cheese. Complete it with the homemade honey lime maple syrup. I guess the top waffle were meant to be crispy, while the bottom waffle were slightly softer. Not bad for a hearty breakfast.

Hola Nachos | $15.9 is a dish that consist of tortilla chips topped with heaps of parmesan, jalapenos, olives, onions and cherry tomato salsa for that hint of tangy sweetness. Along with the cheddar cheese sauce at the side. A great appetiser or snack to be shared with your friends. Or if you are up for something healthy, go for Over the Rainbow Salad | $15.9 for its luscious greens, tender roast chicken slices seasoned with garlic Cajun, raisins and capsicums drizzled generously with wholegrain honey mustard sauce.

Moving to the mains with Enchanted Forest | $17.9, a wrap dish with juicy prawns, sliced avocado, caramelised onions, melted cheese smothered and wasabi sesame mayonnaise encased in tortilla shell. The perfect quesadillas fix that you won’t want to stop at one.

Hello Kitty café takes on a Singaporean’s favourite dish, beef rendang called Cowabunga! Wagyu! | $24.0, it’s also one of my favourite from the menu hence a recommended dish to try when you visit. Apart from its distinctively rich flavour, the wagyu are slow-cooked until fork-tender in a special pineapple rempah (Nyonya spice mix) aka rendang gravy. Pair it with the Kitty-shaped Japanese rice, heavenly combination. Served with Mesclun salad drizzled with Ponzu sauce at the side. 

Complement your meal with these Kitty Coolers | $7.9 each, comes in five flavours – Kitty Blush (watermelon, basil and soda), Cumbernade (cucumber, lemonade and soda), Peach Sunrise (lemon ginger honey, peach and soda), Summer Pop (ginger ale, raspberry and violettte), and Sweet Bouquet (hibiscus, lavender and soda). We tried almost all and I can’t tell which is which, overall it’s a refreshing drink.

For those tea drinkers, here’s something interesting - Kitty’s Apple Pie Tea (fruit tisane of toasted apple and cinnamon tea) and Strawberry Marshmallow Tea (fruit tisane of strawberries, marshmallows and apple tea) | $7.8 each. It’s actually a great palette cleanser too!

You can’t leave without their yummy-ly cutesy desserts! The plated desserts are a blend of local heritage and well-loved traditional sweets, such as Hide & Seek | $16.9, a smooth pandan panna cotta enhanced with gula Melaka (palm sugar), vanilla gelato and strawberry marshmallow sauce. Truly a dessert that pleases the Asian’s tastebuds.

Next, The Cat in Paradise | $18.5 - a spin on the Chinese-style mango pudding. Mango mousse crowned with candied orange and paired with almond crumble, marshmallow sauce and served with a scoop of hazelnut gelato. I usually don’t go for mousse sweets, but surprisingly this is light and easy on the palette.

Other sweets options includes the Soft Serve Frozen Yogurt | from $4.9 (with 1 topping), that comes in a cup with creamy frozen yoghurt customisable with choice of sauce, fruits, crunch, Hello Kitty cookie and Hello Kitty chocolate.

Hello Kitty fans can look forward to the designated photos spots with 3D life-sized figurines of Hello Kitty. There’s even a retail corner where you can get a memento home. The other point that stands out Singapore’s from the rest is that it’s the world’s first 24-hour Hello Kitty café. However from midnight to 6am daily, the café will only be offering limited menu.

Address: Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 3, Arrival Meeting Hall Central, #01-22

Opening Hours: 24-hours daily (public area)

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