Monday, 10 June 2013

Hello Kitty Cafe in Taiwan


Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty theme
















I should have posted this back in January after our Hong Kong/ Taiwan trip, but it was left in my 'To Do' folder with many other materials I haven't manage to write up. Out of the lot, I really want to write this one first, as it's kind of a unique experience!

Themed restaurants are very popular in Asia. Some are quirky towards hilarious like the Modern Toilet Restaurant (you should Google it for the images, it's an eye opener!), some are more pervy with waitresses dressed up in kinky costumes (tut tut!!). Hello Kitty Cafe is obviously, Hello Kitty themed, and has been a tourist attraction in Taiwan. It's so popular that you have to make a booking, or you'll have to stand there for hours queuing in the waiting list for a booking drop out (crazy right?!).


Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty theme

Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty cake












The first time we got there there was a huge queue already, just waiting for someone to cancel their booking. We decided to come back another day, and was glad that Abby was very understanding about it. After all, the decoration and cakes were extremely attractive and it was very hard to just walk out from all of it!


Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty theme













Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty theme

Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty theme
Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty theme












On our second visit, we brought one of hubby's best mate and he was absolutely embarrassed to be there haha! He told Abby that he's sitting in there only because of her! Hello Kitty's charm is almost too powerful though and he soon succumbed to it and started enjoying himself. (We've also witnessed on another occasion where another grown man couldn't resist playing with a Hello Kitty toy!)

When it was our turn, they told us that there was a minimum spending (approx. £6.50) per person (except for children under 100cm tall), which was cheap to us of course. Before we ordered our brunch (this really isn't a lunch place, it would have been better if we could book it for afternoon tea) me and Abby went sight seeing inside the cafe. It was fairly big though the layout has kind of hindered the space usage. There was a semi-open kitchen where you can see through the window how the staff prepped the cakes, and a bar for making drinks. Then there was the takeaway section as well that is mostly blocked by the people queuing.

Decorations were really cute, and the sofas are really comfy too. There was even a lounge chair in the toilet. There weren't many merchandise to purchase, but I guess it would have just blocked the exit further.


Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty theme

Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty theme









Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty drink

Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty cake

Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty pudding
















To be very honest, apart from the cute theme and cute decorated cakes and drinks, the cafe wasn't that impressive. The toilet could be a tad cleaner, though I'm probably asking for too much. The 6 glasses (of water) weren't cleaned properly (one still had lipstick mark on...), and the food was ok. I guess I expected too much because they were so nicely decorated! I do know that I was disappointed with the Macaron as it was crunchy throughout (where was the gooey-ness?)

Having said that, the set meal (including a $180 dollars worth of drink and a pudding) was only less than £8, so it's really more about the theme and decorations than service and quality. And it's not like they are inedible. See, I did clean my plate, although I did it mainly so I can take a picture of the plate itself.


Hello Kitty Cafe, Hello Kitty restaurant, Hello Kitty theme
















Overall it was still a lovely experience, Abby had a great time and we had a good laugh (a dessert for a dessert set, mmm..). It's not often that you'll be popping into a themed restaurant and for £8 per person it really was affordable.

Maybe next time we will visit the Modern Toiler restaurant!