SINGAPORE - The wait is almost over for fans of Gudetama, the cartoon egg yolk character from Sanrio.
Singapore's Gudetama Cafe opens on Nov 30 at Suntec City.
The 2,300 sq ft cafe is themed around the lovable and lazy Sanrio character.
"Gude" describes someone or something with no energy or strength, while "tama" is from the Japanese word tamago, which means egg.
The cafe here is a partnership between home-grown cafe chains The Soup Spoon and Joe & Dough.
Ahead of its opening, The Straits Times gets a sneak peek of the space, which features ceilings that look like waffles, as well as egg-shaped booths and chairs in the main dining area.
A separate, smaller dining space, focusing on desserts and drinks, is garden-themed and will have a Gudetama water fountain.
The menu features main dishes such as "I'm Cold" Smoked Salmon Benedict ($26.90), which is poached eggs, smoked salmon and mashed avocado on brioche toast, topped with yuzu Hollandaise sauce; Rib-"I" Don't Care ($28.50), a 200g chargrilled prime Angus ribeye steak topped with creamy mushroom sauce, served with mashed potatoes and vegetables; as well as Big "Nua" Breakfast ($25.90) with bacon, spicy pork bratwurst, sauteed mushrooms, baked beans and toasted brioche.
Desserts include Ta-Ma-Go ($17.90), cakes styled to look like sushi, made with egg sponge and cheesecake coated with rice pops, served with maple syrup and matcha "wasabi" curd; and shoyu ramen set ($21.50), a ramen-style dessert made with chocolate and feuilletine cake topped with layers of chestnut Mont Blanc and Earl Grey jelly, served with a side of panna cotta and sweetened rose tea.
There is also a takeaway section for Gudetama-themed cakes, and a merchandise area selling plushies, tumblers and keychains.
The Gudetama Cafe's opening here adds to the themed character cafes in Singapore, including the Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Singapore at Changi Airport, Pompompurin Cafe at Orchard Central and pop-up Pokemon Cafe at Bugis Junction.
The Soup Spoon's executive director Anna Lim, 41, says: "Gudetama has been on the uptrend and there has been plenty of interest. The egg appeals to everyone, plus Singaporeans love to eat eggs - it's comfort food."
Gudetama Cafe Singapore opens on Nov 30 at 01-361 Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Opening hours are 9am to 10pm (Monday to Thursday), 8am to 10pm (Friday to Sunday). For more information, go to www.facebook.com/gudetamacafesg