Poké-crazy? Go visit Singapore's first Pokemon Cafe
The launch of the Pokémon Go app has resulted in a frenzied hunt among Pokémon trainers to quickly fill up their Pokédex in the real world.
That's a lot of Poké and if you're as confused as everyone else who know nothing about these cute little creatures that boosted Nintendo's market value by $7.5 billion in a span of weeks, then you may want to sit down and have a latte to learn more at the Pokémon Cafe at Bugis Junction in Singapore.
I was never into Pokémon, I only know Pikachu and though I would like to get in on the action, the Pokémon app isn't quite available yet in this region. So with that in mind, using Google Maps app, I set out to seek the closest thing to understanding the Poké-craze.
Looking for the Pokémon Cafe wasn't as easy as I thought. I've only been to Bugis Junction maybe three times in the past and there wasn't really any bright sign on the ground floor that pointed to where I could find what I was looking for. After some 20 minutes walking around the complex, I finally found the escalator leading up to the Pokémon Cafe.
Understandably there was a queue and while I waited for my turn, I browsed the menu.
The prices I thought were above my "budget meal" expectations but this was a character-themed cafe anyway.
I went with the Pikachu Smiling Rice Omelette with Magma Sauce because it was the only one that came with a free mug and a Pikachu Latte because it was so cute. As you can see, I didn't base it on what I thought would taste the best.
As a staff led me to my seat, I saw that the cafe had lots of adults, some had kids with them but there were also those like me who I guess wanted to experience what it was like to eat in a Poké-world.
I won't get much into the taste because even the thought of digging into the cuteness was too much for me. So as quickly as I could, I finished the meal. The salad though was surprisingly good I'll give them that.
Before leaving, I took a few more photos for posterity and thought at least I got to try it once. The cafe, I would find out later, will be on a limited run and will be gone after July 31.
If you're a huge Pokémon fan, you may as well give it a try. If you didn't come for the food, at least check out the merchandise available there.
My only regret is that I don't have the Pokémon Go app and I thought it would have been so cool to get a character that was exclusive to the cafe.