December 24 2018 0Comment

The first ever Hello Kitty Grand Café is now open in Irvine

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The first Hello Kitty Grand Cafe is in Irvine! No longer simply a pop-up mobile restaurant , the Irvine Spectrum is currently home to a permanent Kitty Cafe. The front of the restaurant offers hot donuts, mini cakes, merchandise, along with hot and iced drinks, served from behind a to-go counter. If this wasn’t awesome enough, more magic lies behind the door with a golden bow.
Knock on the golden bow and get ushered in (with a reservation of course) into the Bow Room. Enjoy afternoon tea or evening cocktails in this gorgeous pink room with a large bar, comfortable booths, and Hello Kitty pillows gracing the velvet chairs.
We enjoyed afternoon tea – a sweet affair of relaxing on velvet lined booths with waiter service and savory and sweet treats. Hot teas with a large variety of selections were served in Hello Kitty themed pitchers which we poured into sturdy porcelain mugs. Rosehips, hibiscus, Earl Grey, Japanese cherry, and lychee peach were a few of the options. Tea service began with fresh fruit topped with sweet whipped cream and dashed with a Hello Kitty imprint. Next, a waitress brought a large golden tower with three trays of savory and sweet bites with two of each food item. A delicious pretzel croissant with smoked salmon, a mini waffle cone with egg, and a tart shell with pesto, tomatoes, and cheese were some of our favorite savory bites. A mini cupcake carefully decorated with a mini leaf and stem was one of the delicious little sweets, but the chocolate layered cake was the biggest surprise with the delectable and melt-in-your-mouth texture that made it our favorite sweet. And who could resist the adorable Hello Kitty mini cake?
The cocktails at the Bow Room Bar are as creative as Hello Kitty and all her friends. Recognizable creations such as a pina colada have been twisted into something special, such as a “Dear Daniel” – a bright blue concoction of mezcal, tequila, pineapple, lime, and spirulina, topped with a salted coconut whip. Served in creative glasses, some come with a metal straw with a spoon at the bottom so that all the delicious elements of the drink can be enjoyed.