The great philosophical quandaries of the ages…
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound?
Is death the end of existence?
How can a cat with no mouth have a restaurant?
Let’s answer that last one. Welcome to Hello Kitty Sweets, a Sanrio-approved (rare in Taiwan) Hello Kitty-themed restaurant. How did I end up here, you ask? Well, it was Valentine’s Day and my wife loves Hello Kitty.
Need I say more?
Unfortunately, Hello Kitty Sweets is a very popular place and a reservation is highly encouraged. Being Valentines Day, lunch and dinner hours were booked so we settled for a 2pm tea time.
A warning to those like me who are sensitive to pink: wear protective sunscreen and a pair of Raybans. You’ll need ‘em. Not only is the restaurant decorated in “Hello Kitty pink”, but the waitresses and food are themed to0. Yes, the food. Hello Kitty must have a thing for strawberries. Being tea time, our orders consisted entirely of desserts. I ordered the “Apple & Strawberry Pie”, which turned out to actually be a cake. My wife ordered a chocolate cake. We ordered strawberry ice cream for the kids. The presentation was beautiful.
We also ordered a tea and latte. One thing I loved is that their coffee is supplied by Lavazaa, probably the best-tasting of the chain cafes. Both my wife’s chocolate cake and my “pie” were very tasty, but nothing to write home about. The ice cream was of very high quality (i.e. made with actual cream) and didn’t last long… .
Our tea time was topped off with a complimentary serving of jell-o. Bet you can’t guess what flavor.
Take away the obnoxious amounts of pink and slightly overpriced desserts (the cakes were NT$340 each) and the experience was a good one.
Oh, one more plus and something I always look for when I go to a cafe or restaurant: They have FREE WiFi! That’s very useful for tweeting from your iPod Touch about how the massive amounts of pink are making your eyes bleed…like I did.
UPDATE: I returned recently and tried an actual meal there rather then just tea-time desserts. You can read my thoughts in this article.