We recently came across photos of the new Miffy Café in Singapore and we just knew we HAD to pay a visit! This pop-up concept is in collaboration with Kumoya, Singapore’s first Halal-certified Japanese-French café, and will only be around from 5 October to 31 December 2017.
Everything about this café looks so cute and of course – very insta-worthy! From its décor down to its food and Miffy plush toys at every table, we felt like we were little kids in kindergarten again. But before we get into the review, have you seen Miffy before? We guessed not. Because unlike Hello Kitty, which is Japanese and thus vastly popular in Asian culture, Miffy the rabbit is Dutch!
Dick Bruna created the rabbit in 1955 to entertain his one-year-old son. He was inspired by a rabbit he saw hopping around the garden during a family seaside holiday. Subsequently, his books became a worldwide sensation and has been translated into more than 50 languages.
However, the rabbit’s name wasn’t known as Miffy back then. Her original Dutch name – Nijntje – came from the word “konijntje” which literally translates to little rabbit. But because Nijntje wasn’t the easiest to pronounce in all languages, the first English translator of the books, Olive Jones, gave her the name Miffy.
We loved the interior of the café and the lively music that played in the background, which truly showcased Miffy’s personality of being positive and innocent. It also had the kind of atmosphere that would instantly lift your spirit, especially if you had a tough day at work/school.
Here are some of the dishes we tried:
Smoked Duck Cold Pasta ($17.90)
Despite it’s simple appearance, the salad was flavourful and had a nice variety of textures.
Japanese Seafood Curry Rice ($24.90)
The curry rice was pretty normal. There was a good amount seafood and vegetables but we wished there was more sauce to pair with the rice.
Chicken Katsu Burger ($18.90)
The burger bun is not the typical bread bun, it had the texture of a mantou bao – so it was very dense and we thought that it didn’t pair well with the fried chicken.
Salted Egg-yolk Fries ($11.90)
Not to be mistaken with salted egg-yolk coated fries, these were regular fries that was paired with a salted egg-yolk sauce. We loved the fries itself – it tasted of real potatoes, and it was also very chunky and well seasoned. The sauce, on the other hand, didn’t have a strong salted egg-yolk taste as we hoped.
Cafe Latte & Hot Chocolate
Our Overall Thoughts
We LOVED how cute the cafe is but the food was definitely not worth the price. Most of the main dishes were around $20 and the small portions didn’t seem to justify its price. But we know that it is expensive because of the amount of effort put in to incorporate Miffy’s character into the food. (It’s definitely worth the photo for Instagram!)
If you love Miffy or character cafes in general – we highly recommend visiting the Miffy cafe before it ends on 31 December this year!
Kumoya (Miffy Café)
Address: 8 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199320
- 12.00pm – 9.30pm (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun)
- 12.00pm – 10.30pm (Fri, Sat)
- Closed on Monday
Duration: 5 October 2017 to 31 December 2017