Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Gudetama Cafe Singapore: Yay or Nay?

Ever since the legendary lazy egg yolk, Gudetama, arrived at the shores of Singapore in end November last year, many cafe-hoppers, instagrammers, bloggers and egg lovers have made their way down to this cute cafe situated in Suntec City Mall. 

To be honest, this is my first time visiting a character-themed cafe. However, news spreads fast that character-themed are known for their aesthetic rather than the taste of the food. Nevetheless, like many others, I was feeling egg-cited over this whole Gudetama craze since I missed it in Hong Kong previously. I just had to try it for myself. Read on to find out whether Gudetama Cafe Singapore is a 'Yay' or 'Nay'.

TA-MA-GO ($17.90)

We started off our meal with this dessert, TA-MA-GO as it was served the quickest.  Designed to look like a Tamago sushi, the 'tamago' is in fact egg sponge cake, whereas the 'sushi rice' is cheesecake coated with rice pops. The cakes are served with maple syrup and match "wasabi" curd too. Personally, I like the fact that all their desserts are specially designed to look like main courses. For instance, another interesting dessert on the menu is this chocolate cake that looks like ramen (like what?). Pretty interesting for the novelty sake, but the taste of the sponge cake and the cheesecake is rather disintegrated and don't quite blends to co-create the cheesecake taste.

"I'm Cold" Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict ($26.90)

Moving on to the mains, I chose poached eggs with smoked salmon, my all-time favourite combination. It was served with mashed avocado on brioche toast and yuzu hollandaise sauce. If you were to ask about the taste, it is neither extremely excellent nor bad. Pretty average as compared to usual brunch places. Not too sure about the overpowering hollandaise sauce, but I personally fancy the salmon the most, followed by the hash-brown bits and mushrooms. 

MOOOOO Fries (around $26)

Probably a wrong choice of sides (sounds more like NOOOOO Fries) to me. It definitely looks good on the aesthetics; with the Gudetama sunny side up on top of the chunky sweet potato fries that are covered with chewy bulgogi beef, mozzarella cheese and sriracha (chilli sauce made from chili peppers paste). Despite the combination of Cheese, Eggs, and Fries sounding heavenly, we were greatly disappointed by it. The fries were soggy and cold, mozzarella cheese was hard, and the egg was overcooked. The bulgogi beef came in huge chunks instead of small bits in the cheese. A pretty disintegrated side dish to sum it all up.

Iced Tea Coolers ($8.50 each)

To save the mains, their iced teas were are least refreshing (quite average though) and thirst-quenching. We ordered the Straw-Very "Lazy" and Mango iced teas. 

Rib-"I" Don't Care (200g)

Served with mashed potato and some garden vegetables, the chargrilled prime angus ribeye steak came with creamy wild mushroom sauce on the side. This main on the other hand was pretty decent, but could have been a little juicier or could do with a tat more sauce. 

Assorted cakes (~$7-$9)

Cakes and desserts are available at the front counter as well for takeaways. 

To quickly summarize my experience at the Gudetama Cafe Singapore, I stand by my theory that Character-themed cafes are not about the food quality but rather the aesthetics and ambience. Solely based on the latter, I think Gudetama Cafe Singapore is a must-visit if you are a fan of this lazy-egg. Otherwise, I would suggest you think twice about the overpriced food that comes with quite some waiting. Don't get me wrong, I believe much effort has been input to the creations of each dish. However, it would be perfect if the quality of the food matches its aesthetics, if not it will just remain as instagrammable. 

Just a quick disclaimer that my visit to the cafe was in last November, hence improvements to the menu might have been in placed since then. Let me know if you have visited the cafe too and whether it is a "Yay" or "Nay" for you! 

Gudetama Cafe Singapore
3 Temasek Boulevard #01-361
Suntec City Mall
Singapore (038983)
Mon-Thurs: 9am-10pm | Fri-Sun: 8am-10pm
Nearest MRT: Esplanade

Love, Quans 

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