The very first Sanrio character cafe in Singapore, Pompompurin Cafe at Orchard Central is also the first Pompompurin cafe in Southeast Asia. First introduced in 1996, the adorable little golden retriever dog with his iconic brown beret celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and will take centre stage in the heart of Orchard alongside some of his friends which includes a hamster, a mouse, a frog as well as a bird.
Conceptualised by Sanrio Japan, the 1,900 sq ft cafe features all things Pompompurin – from furnishings to wallpaper to cutlery and even your food and drinks. As each Pompompurin Cafe is themed in accordance to the city’s culture, Pompompurin Cafe in Singapore takes on a ‘city in a garden’ theme – with the cafe furnished with flora and fauna. The 78-seater cafe also houses four four-seater booths, affectionately called “Tomodachi House” (translated as Friends House), which features each of Pompompurin’s friends: Mint the Frog, Bagel the Squirrel, Coconut the Monkey and Macaroon the Golden Retriever respectively.
When ordering your food, do look out for food items on the menu accompanied by a ‘mug’ icon as these food items come with a free brand-new Pompompurin mug that cafe patrons can take home as a souvenir.
Taco Rice in a Cup of Friendship (SGD $19.99)
A popular dish in the Okinawan cuisine, taco rice is a popular Japanese dish consisting of taco-flavored minced meat served alongside rice as well as lettuce, tomato, avocados, eggs and salsa. This dish from Pompompurin Cafe is served with an adorable twist – whereby the rice is mold into the shape of a Pompompurin. The cafe recommends mixing the Pompompurin rice together with the meat and vegetables for a savoury and flavourful taste.
Spaghetti Napolitana (SGD $26.99)
A hearty portion of spaghetti tossed with a generous serving of bacon, mushrooms and onions in Napoli sauce, the Spaghetti Napolitana is served with garden salad, tamago as well as baguette with salsa sauce. This dish entitles you to a free take-home Pompompurin mug that you can redeem when you settle your bill at the counter.
Bagel’s Special Pancake Tower (SGD $21.99)
Five layers of soft, fluffy pancake covered with various sauces such as caramel, chocolate and custard, the Bagel’s Special Pancake Tower is served with some chopped strawberries, kiwi, bananas and oranges. These decadent pancakes make for a good dessert option for sharing with friends, and comes with a free take-home souvenir mug as well.
Cookies and Cream Caramel Latte ($11.99)
One for the sweet-toothed, the cookies and cream caramel latte is served with lots of whipped cream, fresh slices of strawberries and topped with an adorable Pompompurin-shaped cookie. Served in a Pompompurin printed glass, this drink is surely both adorable and Instagrammable.
With cheery music playing in the background, the bubbly atmosphere of the cafe definitely transports cafe patrons back in time to their childhood days. Large Pompompurin plushies are also available at various seating areas and fans can look forward to selfie-time with them while waiting for the food. Official Pompompurin merchandises such as handbags, plushies and water tumblers are also available for purchase in the cafe.
Note: As the cafe attracts a queue of diehard fans, SHOUT recommends that cafe-goers take into consideration a minimum of 30 minutes waiting time during peak hours. Alternatively, one can opt to head to the cafe before 11am to avoid the lunch crowd.
181 Orchard Road #04-08
Monday to Sunday: 11am to 10:30pm (Last orders at 10pm)