By ALMA J. BUELVA
A month after opening a branch in SM North EDSA in Quezon City, Hello Kitty Cafe is set to quickly follow it up with more branches around the metro.
Another of this Sanrio-themed cafe is expected to open this September in UP Town Center in Katipunan Ave., Quezon City. A branch in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig is also in the pipeline.
The Hello Kitty Cafe is operated by Sanrio itself. Like most pop-up restaurants, it is not a big place with only a handful of tables and chairs for dine-in guests. But what it lacks in space it makes up for in ambiance. There's no mistaking you are inside the world of Hello Kitty as most items are pink and white and Hello Kitty is everywhere from the cups and pitchers to the actual food.
This place is ideal for those who like Sanrio characters and for ailurophiles who like Hello Kitty.
If you want to order take-away, you will still get the Sanrio experience as they pack everything nicely, complete with Hello Kitty stickers and ribbons.
But the big surprise are the pastries which, despite being heavy on food color, actually tasted really good. For us the donuts, particularly the chocolate flavored Badtz-Maru, are even better than some sugar bombs we find in popular donut places.
Hello Kitty Cafe thankfully didn't price their food and drinks outrageously expensive. For example, a box of three donuts and two cute cupcakes cost P550. That is not cheap but we reason that it is to be expected if one wants to eat food with the face of the world's most recognizable cat character: Hello Kitty.