After seeing the various posts about the Minion-themed pop-up cafes in Japan during the course of the year and wishing I was there to visit them, at last one has opened in Singapore and so I went to check it out.
This pop-up cafe is operated by The Guest Cafe & Diner, the same group who often operates different themed pop-up cafes in Japan.
The dining area isn’t that big and is decorated with minion plushies, balloons, decals and other stuff that are easily removable.
There is also a shop within the cafe premises and they sell Minion memorabilia, some of which are exclusive to the cafe.
A photo spot is available for both cafe diners, as well as those who have purchased merchandise at the shop. You will need to have made your payment, then show your receipt to the staff manning the photo booth.
As for the food, here are some of the items that I had ordered:
If you order anything from the food or dessert menus, you will be given a limited edition placemat.
Those who order the “Minion Riceball Party” will be given a balloon on a stick as a souvenir to take home. These are some of the possible designs you may get (randomly given).
A limited edition coaster will be given with every drink order.
The desserts look cute and if you order the “Minion Pudding”, you can take home the bowl – i.e. the same bowl that your mango pudding is served in, but they will give you a new one in a box.
Minion’s Great Escape Cream Stew – $20.90
This plate was definitely a carbo overload and there was more rice on the plate than there was cream stew. I usually like to soak my rice with gravy, but there wasn’t enough of the stew to go with the rice. In addition, there were only two small slices of chicken in the stew, along with some carrot, potato and broccoli. The minion’s face atop the rice is actually made using edible rice paper, which is tasteless.
A small salad is served on the side in a minion bowl.
Minions Vacation Plate – $23.90
This is supposed to have a Hawaiian theme and same rice that was used in the previous dish mentioned above, is served on this plate, but at least in a more manageable portion for smaller eaters. The hamburg steak tastes like a hamburger patty from the supermarket’s frozen section. As for the prawns, they had a bit of seasoning over them and were served with rosebuds which I guess were edible, but they were really hard and so we didn’t touch those. Our biggest surprise was the cold soup, which tasted like it was made from green peas and we even found a green apple flavoured gummy bear in it!
S’more and Minion’s Ice cream – $16.90
Desserts were probably more pleasing than the main courses in terms of taste. This came with 4 pieces of Digestive biscuits and a big portion of marshmallows, topped with mango sorbet. I found it to be less sweet if you scoop a portion of the marshmallows onto the biscuits and top it off with some of the mango ice cream.
Minion Pudding (comes with an original Minion Cup) – $24.90
Initially I had thought that the entire bowl would contain only mango pudding, but when I scooped my way down to the middle, I found that there were cornflakes and quite a fair bit of cream and cake underneath, which meant that the mango pudding only occupied the topmost layer. Unfortunately, the cornflakes had lost their crispness and so it made this overall a little disappointing.
Upside-down Minion Jelly Soda Drink – $12.90
Visually it was colourful, but it’s actually a whole cupful of jello, which tasted a bit strange and the soda was tasteless.
Be Bad Cafe Latte – $8.90
At least this cup of latte tasted normal, but we didn’t like the design of the latte art and it was stated on the menu that the designs are random and diners aren’t allowed to choose.
Coasters are given (for you to take home) with any drink purchase.
Full marks for the presentation of the food and the cuteness factor. However, although the ingredients are fresh, much could be improved taste-wise and overall the prices are on the high side.
Orchard Central, Level 3
23 November to 31 December 2017