I love Hello Kitty!!! Okay, maybe not to that extreme, but I do admit I am quite fascinated with how such a simple cartoon character as Hello Kitty, can create such a cult like following of fans from around the world. While I was researching for some of the many themed restaurants in Taipei to visit, I managed to stumbled across this restaurant in Taipei that specialized purely in Hello Kitty! Some people called me crazy, while some have called me obsessed, but there was no doubt in my mind that I must visit this Hello Kitty restaurant in Taipei!
The restaurant’s name is called Hello Kitty Sweets. It’s basically a cafe styled restaurant serving western food and desserts. Its located on 90 Da an Road, Sec.1, which is about a 5 to 10 minute walk from the Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station in the central part of Taipei. As soon as you enter Da an Road, you can easily recognize the restaurant, as there will be a huge Hello Kitty signboard on top.
You cannot miss it. The huge Hello Kitty signboard for the restaurant.
Time to enter Hello Kitty Sweets Restaurant!
As you enter Hello Kitty Sweets, you are immediately bombarded with the favourite colour of Hello Kitty…which is the colour PINK! Pink wallpaper, pink tables, pink chairs, you name it, even the waitresses and waiters were in a cute pink uniform!
Thats me, getting alittle dazed with all the pink here.
Luckily there were seats available for myself and my wife. Based on the feedback I read online, this place usually gets packed during the dinner time, so we were quite fortunate to not have to wait for seats. My wife and I were seated upstairs in a cozy corner of the room. It was kind of surreal, the attention to detail was remarkable. Almost everything had a Hello Kitty design on it, from the menus to the wall decorations. Even the washroom was entirely “Hello Kittyfied” (well only the female washroom, the gents was kind of crappy. I guess we know which gender this restaurant is geared towards!). The entire restaurant felt as if you were zapped into a new dimension of fantasy Hello Kitty land!
How many Hello Kitty faces you can see in this picture (not counting my wife…hehe)?
View of the other dining booths around us.
View of the other side of the room.
Closeup of the dining booths on the other side of the room.
My wife taking some pics of the ladies washroom (obviously I was NOT going to enter the ladies washroom to take pics!)
The washing basin in the ladies washroom.
More items in the ladies washroom.
The ladies washroom even has a couch inside! And what did the men’s washroom have? – absolutely nothing, just a dingy old mop sitting in the corner…
This is me, looking dazed and confused as I was overwelmed with Hello Kitty…
and suddenly I snapped, and entered Hello Kitty fantasy land…
After engrossing in all the Hello Kitty paraphernalia, we were ready to order our food! My wife ordered a pork burger, while I ordered breaded pork cutlet with curry in a bread bowl. We both upgraded our orders to a set meal, which included a drink, salad, soup and bread, a choice of appetizer, and dessert. Nothing much interesting about the drink and salad to report on, but as the soup and bread came out, we noticed even the bread had Hello Kitty’s face embossed into it!
The cream of corn soup with a side of Hello Kitty bread.
Hello Kitty’s face embossed right into the bread.
When the appetizers came out, my wife opted for a slice of fatty smoked duck, while I got the escargot (snails). It was okay, acceptable in terms of taste and quality, but nothing thrilling.
The slice of smoked duck.
After the appetizers were finished, my wife’s main dish came first. The pork burger was actually very cute. The entire hamburger bun was made into the shape of Hello Kitty’s head! It was the standard combination of burger and fries, but the burger tasted pretty good, with the meat nice and juicy in the inside. So my wife’s dish fared pretty well.
The pork burger, look at the Hello Kitty bun!
Then soon enough my main dish arrived. Presentation wise, it was pretty cool. It was a huge bread bowl also made into the shape of Hello Kitty’s head, and was filled with curry in the centre with breaded pork strips on top. Even the carrots in the curry were shapped like Hello Kitty! I was actually expecting it to be Indian style curry, but instead it was really Japanese style curry that was alittle bit sweeter. Either way in terms of purely eating the breaded pork and curry it tasted pretty good, however when it came to the bread to curry sauce ratio, I found that it was lacking. Basically I had this huge bread bowl to eat, and by the time I was only 15% into the bread bowl, I ran out of curry to dip the bread with! When I asked the waiter for more curry sauce, here was what transpired:
Alec: Hi, seems like there’s not enough curry sauce, can I have some more sauce? The bread’s getting quite dry to eat.
Waiter: Hmmm. Well, there’s no extra sauce with this dish…thats the way its suppose to be.
Alec: …(blank stare)
Alec: Can I have some butter then?
Waiter: (pauses a while to think)…OK sure…
(Waiter comes back later with a huge stick of butter for me)
So there you have it, a dish that was meant to make you suffer by eating dry bread without any sauce, simply because that’s the way it was suppose to be! I should have opted for the burger my wife ate instead…just my luck!
The Hello Kitty bread bowl with curry and breaded pork. Look at the carrots, they look like Hello Kitty as well!
That’s me struggling with my dish. My main sources of lubrication for the dry bread bowl was my drink and butter.
Finally after wrestling around with my bread bowl, I was ready to give it up for dessert. The standard dessert that came with our meal was just a custard type of pudding. It wasn’t anything special, but it was also shaped like Hello Kitty’s face! (not surprisingly…haha). So to go beyond this standard dessert, I decided to order some of the more special desserts off the menu, just to make up for my terrible experience with my main dish! There were plenty of desserts to choose from, especially for cakes. When we first entered the restaurant, there were many cakes on display with various unique Hello Kitty designs. However, because we were pretty much full from the dinner, we just ordered something small. We ended up ordering strawberry mousse on a graham cookie with a Hello Kitty chocolate on top. It tasted alright, but I found it alittle bit too sweet. However once you mix it up with the fruits on the side it was still enjoyable.
The Hello Kitty custard pudding.
Some of the unique Hello Kitty cake designs on display.
More Hello Kitty cakes.
The Hello Kitty strawberry mousse dessert.
That’s me demolishing our desserts.
In general, from this experience, I found the food quality to be okay, nothing fantastic and at the same time, nothing particularly poor. The food portions were actually quite big, by the end of it, I was pretty full. Service in general was good, the waiters and waitresses were always greeting you with a pleasant smile, along with their cute pink uniforms. In terms of price, I must admit it was quite on the high side for the type of food we were eating (about 60.00 S$ -Singapore dollars- in total for the meal described above for 2 people), however mix it up with the unique Hello Kitty atmosphere and experience, then it was quite okay for me. I definitely would recommend this place for all the Hello Kitty fans out there, but if you are the few that really cannot stand Hello Kitty, then I challenge you to see how long you can withstand being inside this Hello Kitty Sweets restaurant! (just joking, I wouldn’t be so cruel to you like that) ; )
Visitor’s Information to Hello Kitty Sweets Restaurant:
Address: 90 Da an Road, Sec. 1, Taipei City, Taiwan (nearest MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing)
Opening Hours: Sun- Thurs 11:30 AM – 10 PM; Fri- Sat 11:30 AM – 11 PM
Telephone (local number): (02) 2711-1132
Location map of Hello Kitty Sweets (highlighted in red box).
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