The Weekly Glutton (4/12-10/12)

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From TV Screens to Plates at Cartoon Network Cafe 

Off the top of my head, the few themed cafes that I can think of include Pokemon cafe, cat cafe, and Gudetama cafe. From the word of mouth, I’ve gathered that themed cafes are more of novelty places. Lets just say customers are given more of a visual experience than a gastronomical experience.

With fingers crossed, I stepped into the Cartoon Network Cafe.

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The Decorations

My first impression was that of awe. The place was what my 10 year-old self imagined what wonderland would be like. Hanging from the ceiling were large Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 figures, while Jake and Finn grinned at me from the walls. This is the place where one can literally leave their worries behind and channel their inner child.

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Oh, and check out the yellow bus from We the Bears! It is actually a reference from one of the episodes in the series, when the bears sold their food from a yellow food truck!

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Going the extra mile to cater to customers, the place provides colouring papers to keep the kids occupied and photography props for all your Instagram needs.

The Food

After quite some deliberation, we finally settled for Ben 10’s Meatball Spaghetti, and Blossom’s Grilled Chicken Steak for our mains. As for drinks, we got Finn and Jake Peanut Butter and Banana Milkshake and Bubble’s Blueberry Soda.

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Blossom’s Grilled Chicken Steak

For this dish, I was pretty amused by how Blossom’s ears were replaced by two cherry tomatoes. It was such a creative way to give the dish added texture!

Additionally, the chicken steak was well-marinated, and paired well with the mushroom sauce by the side.

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In addition, the fries were just the right level of crispiness, and lightly seasoned with a pinch of salt. Coupled with a salad by the side, this dish is good for those who want to watch their weight. (or are saving room for desserts)

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Ben 10’s Meatball Spaghetti

My favourite part about this dish was the generous serving of meatballs. Each meatball was rich and robust in flavour, and went well with the tangy tomato sauce. A plus point for this dish is the broccoli, which gave it a sense of balance.

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Finn and Jake Peanut Butter and Banana Milkshake

A flavour that piqued my interest, I thought that the peanut butter and banana milkshake was worthy of a try. This was a decision that did not disappoint.

The drink was not as overly sweet as expected of most milkshakes.  This was achieved through the use of the bananas, giving the drink a natural sweetness.

Additionally, the milkshake was also beautifully decorated with a Jake macaroon, marshmallows, a waffle slice, and heaps of peanut chunks atop a layer of whipped cream. They all taste so great paired with the peanut butter and banana drink! Another one for me please!

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Bubble’s Blueberry Soda

As they say sugar, spice, and everything nice, could this be the recipe for this delightful concoction?

It was a rather fun experience to decant blueberry soda into a conical flask of ice and other ingredients. (there was even popcorn??!)

The drink was light, refreshing and great for washing down a heavy meal. But probably not worth the price tag of $10.90 though.

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Conclusion

The food at Cartoon Network Cafe was quirkily designed to accommodate the cartoon characters, but I feel that the quality of the dishes was compromised for its aesthetics. Granted, this is a Cartoon Network themed cafe, but it being a cafe means that its focus should not wholly be on the layout of the food, but also on the quality of the dishes too.

Furthermore, for some dishes like Ben 10’s Meatball Spaghetti, the only thing that sets it apart from regular meatball spaghetti was a paper cutout of Ben 10 and a slice of cheese with the Ben 10 logo. Does this really justify the hefty price tag? Alas, it’s a “no” from me.

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According to various sources, this collaboration between The Soup Spoon and Cartoon Network is said to last for a year. There are also plans to change the characters every 3-6 months, so one can expect fresh new characters every now and then. Hopefully, the dishes take on an improved taste so that customers can expect new surprises along the way.

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Cartoon Network Cafe
Waterway Point
83 Punggol Central, B1-12
Singapore 828761
Tel: (+65) 6385 9254
Opening Hours: 10.30am-10 pm (Mon-Thurs), 10.30am-10.30pm (Fri), 10am- 10.30pm (Sat), 10am- 10pm (Sun)
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