Singapore finally gets it’s very own Hello Kitty Café, and with inspiration coming from Singapore’s national flower, what could be a more apt name than Hello Kitty Orchid Garden. The Hello Kitty Orchid Garden is located at the arrival hall of Changi Airport Terminal 3. Besides drawing inspiration from Singapore’s national flower, the mascot of Hello Kitty Orchid Garden is also unique to Singapore – the only Hello Kitty with 2 bows in the world.
|The interior of Hello Kitty Orchid Garden has hints of elegant-ness and true to its ‘orchid’ theme the café is shaped like a colonial glasshouse with fresh orchids adorning the place.|
Basically, I think a guy would be more willing to step into this Hello Kitty Café than any other Hello Kitty Café in the other parts of the world (i.e. not so pink and sweet), the orchids and garden scheme makes it more bearable. 😂😂😂
However, other than its Hello Kitty undertones and cuteness, there really isn’t much to rave about the food, which is grossly overpriced (if you compare it with the other Hello Kitty Cafés). But still it is good to visit at least once, just for the experience and a chance to indulge in (Hello Kitty) food cuteness and instagram goodness.
That said and decided I visited this café with Cn one fine Friday evening. As we had gotten distracted along the way by the pretty Christmas decorations and Pokémon theme, it took some time to orientate ourselves and find the Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café.
|Pokemon decorating the Christmas tree|
|A Snorlax peeking out among the Christmas trees|
There was a short queue forming by the time we arrived. But fortunately for us the people in front were in bigger groups, and as we were the only group with 2 people, we were ushered in approximately 5 minutes after we started queuing. 😀
|We were seated at the café’s most relaxing white hanging chairs (they were the only two in the entire café)!|
|The adorable menu was on the table which had the Hello Kitty emblem.|
Leafing through the pages of the menu was a kittifying experience: while the photo illustrations of the food were a bliss to the eyes and the food portions adequate, the pricing was not so kind to the wallet or the eyes. For instance, tortilla chips (9-10 pieces) topped with parmesan, olives, onions, jalapenos, cherry tomato salsa and generous amount of cheese sauce cost S$15.90! The pricing is really a little ridiculous, so much so that I think the Hello Kitty Café in Taipei does a better job with its (more reasonable) pricing.
However, as we were only there for the sake of being there experience, we ordered the “Cowabunga! Wagyu!” (S$24), “Land of the Rising Kitty” (S$17.50), and “Opps Kitty did it again” (S$7.90).
“Land of the Rising Kitty”
|“Land of the Rising Kitty” is a dish that consists of chicken and spaghetti, which were nicely presented but nothing kitty about it. Given the portion and the price, I would say that it is more reasonable than the “Cowabunga! Wagyu!”.|
“Opps Kitty did it again”
The whole meal cost us S$59.32 (inclusive of 10% service charge and 7% GST). While the portion of the food more or less makes up for the high prices and the taste acceptable, if you are looking for value for money, than the prices are a tad exorbitant (e.g. no set dinners etc...). And if you are looking for a truly Hello Kitty experience, it is a little underwhelming.
Besides the Hello Kitty themed café and food, Hello Kitty Orchid Garden also has a section which sells a range of custom Hello Kitty inspired tea beans, plush toys, grow-it-yourself plant kits and postcards (near the entrance and cashier area).
|The gift / souvenir corner|
|Simple Hello Kitty cakes and desserts|
Conclusion: Other than the orchids that adorn the cafe, nothing really stands out. It is not really Hello Kitty enough (the Hello Kitty Café in Taipei has more kittlicious looking desserts) and the prices are simply pocket-wrenching. The only thing it has going for it is the location and the fact that it is (the only one - for now) which is open 24 hours daily, and its unique Hello Kitty with 2 bows mascot.
|Hello Kitty with 2 bows mascot|
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Singapore
Arrival Hall Central #01-22, Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport
Daily: 24 hours
Limited menu from 12 - 6am