Monday, June 27, 2011

CLOSED/desserts/western: i recommend HELLO KITTY SWEETS

No. 90, Da An Road, Sec. 1
(02) 2711-1132

MRT: Zhong Xiao/FuXing

website: Chinese only

hours: Sun- Thurs 11:30 AM - 10 PM; Fri- Sat 11:30 AM - 11 PM


Kid friendliness: no high chairs available, lots of booth seats

Visit reviewed: 4/7/2011

What would you expect from a restaurant called Hello Kitty Sweets? 

Two stories of ceiling to floor pink and pillowy pink walls and Hello Kitty lounge chairs? Check, check, check...

The outline and image of the mouthless cat everywhere you turn in the restaurant? No detail is too small to escape for Hello Kitty lovers to see and want (a Hello Kitty tissue box cover? where can I get one?! starts googling on iPhone) Check, check, check...

Rows of pink and chocolate Hello Kitty cakes, desserts and chocolates?  Check, check...

Check, check, check...

And there's more...

And all that eye candy is at the front of the store before we sit down and order. Besides the desserts that you can order from the counter, there is also a full menu of pastas, gratin rice, grilled meats, pizza and even a Hello Kitty hamburger and Hello Kitty bread bowls, as well as afternoon tea sets.

mmm or hmm?
The menu is only in Chinese and can be a bit confusing, but there is a picture for each dish and the waitress was helpful in explaining what is in each dish when we asked.  The price for each dish is for a set meal, which includes a drink, salad, soup, bread roll, choice of small appetizer along with your main dish.

I had put off checking out Hello Kitty Sweets because I heard that there were long waits and the food was not worth the prices, but on a weekday, I had no problem getting a reservation for a large table (made a few days in advance) and my low expectations for the food probably helped me keep a reality check. I definitely wouldn't come just for the food, it's more for the whole experience and I had a bunch of Hello Kitty fans in my group as I was hosting my cousin and her daughters. I was definitely surprised to see almost all the other tables were adults, some cameras in hand, and quite a few men too (perhaps dragged or bribed there?).

The starters in the set are forgettable- a small salad, a mysterious creamy soup- but the bread roll is the first Hello Kitty photo op.

The choice of appetizers included escargot and smoked salmon, but I opted for this liver pate.

The food came at a relatively steady pace and the main dishes were a good size. I snuck some of the fried appetizer plate (NT$380 ala carte) that my cousin's kids ordered which included onion rings, fried chicken, croquette and fries. Tasty.

I don't know why, but I asked for the egg on the meat sauce spaghetti (NT$400/set) to not be raw. It came out more fried than soft boiled like I've enjoyed at Bellini Pasta Pasta. If there's a next time, I'll have to try it as is so that I can stir it all together. The spaghetti had typical sweet, tomato flavor. But where's the Hello Kitty meatball or Hello Kitty cheese cutout? Lol.

Lots of pesto and shrimp (NT$400/set) in my cousin's dish. The kids loved it and finished it.

The Hello Kitty burger (NT$450/set)! I didn't try this, but I thought about ordering it. Would it be one of the more manly things on the menu? LOL.

Set drink (very sweet ice tea) and set dessert- a creme brulee Hello Kitty pudding

We didn't have to room to sample any of the cute cakes that I saw, but perhaps on another occasion. There's a NT$300 minimum per person fee to dine in, but if you just want to get some cakes to go, there's also a mini Hello Kitty Sweets at the nearby Fuxing Sogo selling cakes and desserts. But then you don't get to breathe the Hello Kitty Sweets atmosphere and cuteness. There's even some souvenir goodies available to purchase behind the counter, but I didn't realize it until I was browsing other blogs.

Did I mention even the bathroom is Kitty-fied? Is this too much, or the complete experience?


Hello Kitty lovers- how far would you/did you fly from to eat at Hello Kitty Sweets? I know for some of you this might be a "must" destination for your Taipei trip. For those of us lucky enough to have it in Taipei, it's worth a visit if you are a Hello Kitty lover (like me), or want to treat one to a meal.


Pandalicious said...

OMG!! Super cute.. my daughter would love this place.

kirbie said...

This spot has been on my to-do list to visit when I go to Taiwan for a while now. So glad to see your take on it. I'm not expecting much on the food front. I actually don't even really want to eat there. I just want to see everything! Can you just order dessert and browse or do you need to eat a full meal here?

hunnyb said...

We visited this hello kitty cafe on a visit from Sydney, Australia :) My boyfriend was one of the few men there on the day... I tried bribing him but had to resort to dragging, haha. I agree that the food isn't that spectacular but the decor is super kawaii - we haven't got anything even remotely similar here in Sydney so it was worth the visit!

Johnny said...


Anonymous said...

Well the only way for my guy or any husbands to go there is with a females guests. Looking at food they might enjoyed themselve after all.


Anonymous said...

OMG! We went there to see their products when I was in Taipei but now I'm hoping that I would have read their menu better 'cause I didn't know they do have like HK hamburgers :D


Tina said...

Wow, so cute!!! My friend will go nuts seeing this. Haha. You take awesome pictures! A good food guide for me when I go to Taiwan next month. Oh, maybe you should join this street food contest on Reader's Digest Asia. I think you stand a good chance :) Looking forward to your next post <3

The Cupcake Princess said...

yay i adore this place! wish i could live there!

Japanese Ice Cream said...

It all looks great but how does the girl in the photo wearing a mask eat any :)

Sarah said...

We visited there in December 2008 from Indiana, USA. :) My husband was not amused. I wish I would have had a mini van full of six year old girls with me. They'd appreciate the all of the pink sugary Hello Kitty-ness that my husband could not.

Courtney said...

I've gone here a few times and always enjoy it. The desserts are actually really tasty, not just good tasting. The tiramisu has bananas in it, which surprised me a bit, but was yummy. The creme brulee (not the pudding pictured in the blog) is my fav!
As for the food, I've only tried the hamburger. It's super cute, but to me it tastes more like a salisbury steak than a true hamburger...but it's still good!