Just about a block away from the Guangzhou Library, the Hello Kitty-themed café in Mall of the World 花城汇 (Guangzhou’s Largest Underground Mall) full of cutesy displays, furnishing, and desserts all with Hello Kitty logos greeted our eyes with satisfaction supreme. I have a soft spot for this feminine faline and have always envied those who have visited Hello Kitty Kitchen and Dining in Taipei, Taiwan and Hello Kitty Café in Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea as I see them in my Instagram feed.
So you can imagine how happy and animated I was when we saw this “fairytale garden of oddities” in Guangzhou, China. It was a dream come true! Like a kid, I ran around shrieking quietly in wild abandon. Clearly, the appeal is in the presentation, and it’s easy to fall in love with the large models of the cuddly cat in the background. I wanted to take pictures of the Bonbons Hello Kitty Café in every spot and corner. To accomplish that, we had to stay longer and this meant we had to order some treats/desserts even before we had lunch. OK, fine! 🙂
Review of Bonbons Hello Kitty Café 海印都荟城店 (Mall of the World, Guangzhou)
In an instant, we were hooked with the fun ambiance. It’s Hello Kitty all the way! 🙂 The dining sets came in varied shapes, and the decors in bright pinks and clean whites were fanciful and chic. If “cute” can be personified, it would appear as Hello Kitty nonetheless. This chill café definitely continues to serve as a hotspot for fans and enthusiasts of Hello Kitty-inspired food and drinks. Both indoor and outdoor seating were comfortable.
Service was personable and fast. Bonus points go to the waitresses clad in maid costumes who treated us like masters in a private home. They were passionate in greeting everyone that entered.
The items on the menu looked mythically delicious, but thankfully we could have them in real life. 好多好靚既甜品丫!
We had the Milk Chocolate Mousse 牛奶朱古力慕斯 (RMB 38), a guilty pleasure par excellence. Creamy and smooth with a dense chocolate base, it hit a chord with us also because it wasn’t too sweet. 不太甜，非常好! 🙂
The proportion between the mousse the base was good, 造型可爱而且份量也不小，必须推荐. The mousse tasted light and airy in the mouth, while the base gave a sense of volume and substance without being overly powering. The strawberry on top gave a hint of acidity and tang, and Hello Kitty’s pink bow gave a nice crisp crust coupled with a soft and moist texture underneath when chewed.
Strawberry Green Tea 草莓绿茶 (RMB 58)
Raspberry Mousse 覆盆子慕斯 (RMB 38)
Price for Value: ★★★☆☆
价格不便宜。大部份食物價錢介乎30-40人民幣之內，算唔算貴呢？如果第一次为了新鲜和拍照还可以吧，只是食物太贵, for me。However, knowing that we’re paying for the grand ambiance, superb service, and lovely food and we had a great dining experience here, on the whole, price for value is fair. It’s hard to say no to Hello Kitty especially when this kind of cafe is a rare sight where I come from (the Philippines). Bonbons Hello Kitty Café in Guangzhou can be a good once-in-a-while spot when you’re in serious need of something to be happy about. 🙂 再見啦 Bonbons Hello Kitty Café!