Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pompompurin Cafe Singapore

Met up with sistas for impromptu tea time at Pompompurin cafe. It's my first time here, this Sanrio theme cafe is much cuter than the Hello Kitty cafe at T3. We liked that there is a Purin plush toy on every table where patrons can take photos with or just cuddle 👍 All Purin characters were dressed in their Autumn gear to match the current season 🍁

If you have a party of 3-4pax try requesting for the 'Tomodachi House' the 'Friends house' booth seats. These are super cute and provide some privacy during meal times.

There are some promotions going on for off peak dining. We're mainly there to try the Afternoon tea set but still ordered mains and drinks as we felt that the tea set wasn't quite enough for 4 of us.

Drinks came first, two of us had the Fruity Garden Mango Juice $11.99++, served with fresh fruits and marshmallows, pretty to look at and tasted good too 👍. One of my sistas had the Autumn exclusive Sunset Fruits Ceylon Tea $9.99++, also very photogenic and tasted good as well. The regular Ice Lemon Tea and Coffee came with the Afternoon tea set, tasted alright.

For mains, I had the Teriyaki Chicken $15.99++, served with boneless chicken and Purin shape rice. It was delicious, chicken was tender and sauce was yummy. My sistas' Cream Baked Rice (w/ Mug) $23.99++, Mushroom Stroganoff $17.99++ and Picnic Plate $24.99++ all had pretty good reviews.

The Afternoon Tea set $49.99++ was served last, comes with 3-tier finger food and desserts, two drinks and two Purin sauce dish for patrons to bring home. Most of the food items were not really nice, more for photo taking purposes only.

We enjoyed our tea time makan here, most dishes were tasty except for the disappointing Afternoon tea set. The restaurant was really cute and staffs were friendly. Would recommend Sanrio fans to come and check it out.

Pompompurin Cafe
#04-08 Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road S238896
Tel: 6509 8672

Opening Hours:
Daily 11am – 10.30pm

Bought my fave macarons from Annabella Patisserie pop up store at Waterway Point...yum yum!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café Singapore

Many months after its high profile opening, I eventually got a chance to check it out. I'm there mostly to enjoy the unique orchid garden theme atmosphere and have a cup of coffee while waiting for my departure flight at T3.

Well, the ambiance is beautiful, flowers and all, but what it lacks is the cuteness that most of the other Hello Kitty cafes have. The open concept design meant that there's no pastel pink and blue furniture, cutesy feature walls, kitty shape windows and doorways, lovely sofa and cushions etc. for more varied photos opportunities.

Food wise, we were there at 2am on a Sat morning and they served a limited menu with a handful of main courses, desserts and drinks. Hubby and I ordered a coffee each and shared an ice cream dessert. The coffee and ice cream were fine, overpriced but alright.

Cappuccino $5.90++

Ice Caramel Latte $7.00++

Kitty Split $18.50++

Due to its out of the way location, I believe this would be my first and probably last visit to Hello Kitty cafe Singapore. No chance to try other food on the menu.

Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café
65 Airport Boulevard, Singapore Changi Airport
#01-22, Terminal 3 Arrival Meeting Hall Central
Singapore 819663

Tel: 6241 6127

Hours: Open 24 hours

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Cafe Hopping along Neil Road - Epiphyte & Apiary

Met up with friend to check out two new cafes along the hip Neil road. We first got our lunch fix at Epiphyte Restaurant & Bar, a garden theme cafe with its signature 'Galaxy' cake that has created quite a buzz on the instagram.

The unassuming entrance led us into a nicely decorated modern cafe with lovely garden elements adorning the entire space. Flower lovers should check out the little vertical garden at the back.

Some pretty desserts on display...we checked with the staffs and they were pleased to inform us that we could single out the individual dessert items we prefer to have from the display. Every item here was handmade and looks slightly different from one another.

But first, we gotta eat lunch before thinking about the desserts. We each ordered a main course and shared one appetizer. The Crispy Calamari $10++, came as a surprise cos we were totally expecting deep fried calamari rings instead of these. And these tasted good 👍👍👍 , the springy squid had a slight crisp on its exterior, very nicely done.

My Chicken w/ Indonesian Spices $22++ was delicious 👍👍, reminds me of the Balinese cuisine we had in Bali, Indonesia. I enjoyed it very much. My friend had the eye catching Pink Risotto $22++, this creamy dish got its lovely pink color from beetroot, nice. She wiped the plate clean in no time 👍👍.

Once we're done with the mains, it's desserts time. The Twilight $12++ and Terrarium $12++ (add $3++ for rum) are the two most instagramed desserts here. They looked really appealing on lens but do they taste good as well?

Well, the verdict was we liked the Galaxy cake better than the Moss garden sponge. The former was a chocolate mousse cake with orange liquor which was really nice 👍. The later was just very dry and didn't taste any better after pouring in the rum 👎. Both were too overpriced for such small serving.

Lunch was great at Epiphyte, despite having a limited menu, we still found the main dishes reasonably priced and delicious. The desserts on the other hand were more for instagram purposes only, if you go in a group just order one for the camera is enough 😅

Epiphyte Restaurant & Bar
47 Neil Rd S088827
Phone: 9451 8873

Mon - Thu : 4pm - 12am
Fri : 4pm - 1am
Sat : 11am - 1am

Since we did not get our sweet tooth satisfied from our lunch venue, it's a perfect excuse to check out the artisan ice cream served at Apiary just across the street. They do have some interesting flavors on offer, with intriguing names too.

I had two scoops in a cup ($7.20) while my friend ordered one scoop on a cone ($3.80 + $1 for cone). I also ordered a cup of Hot Chocolate $6. My Ferrero Rocher and Thai Ice Tea ice cream were good, especially the Rocher one 👍👍, so yummy! My friend's Despicable ice cream was a blend of banana, walnut and brownie...great choice for Minion fans. The smooth creamy texture of these specialty ice cream is worth a mention though.

Lastly, my Hot chocolate did not disappoint as it was really 'gao' and super chocolaty despite its ordinary looks 👍

We were quite pleased with our dessert session at Apiary, I hope they can survive the tough competition and come out with more interesting flavors to stay in the game!

84 Neil Road S088844
Tel: 6493 7273

Sun - Thu 12pm to 10pm
Fri - Sat 12pm to 12am