Mogu Mogu Scarlett#2  Pom Pom Purin café in Harajuku!

20.February.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

Next up in the Mogu Mogu Scarlett series is the Pom Pom Purin café in Harajuku! Outside of Japan fellow Sanrio character Hello Kitty is the big name, but in Japan the
many Sanrio characters are all super popular.
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In Tokyo there are lots of cafes themed around characters, TV series, pop groups and more, with everything from the food to the décor specially designed!
Inside the café you can readPom Pom Purin’s story. He’s a golden retriever, who was born on a sunny day. One day his owner decided to put a beret on him, and everyone said he looked like a pudding, which is how he got his name! The café is popular with many different customers, including many couples and foreigners!
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The interior of the café is simply adorable. It is based around being in
Pom Pom Purin’s house, so you can look into the various rooms in the house and see what his other food-themed friends, like Bagel,Scone and Macaron are getting up to! Merchandise is also available–my favourite was the Pom Pom Purin plushie with a knife and fork, so cute! The seats are heart shaped, and the hanging lamps even have Pom Pom Purin’s face on them. And of course, you can see the famous dog himself at the centre of the café!
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The Grand Menu recently changed on the 19th of December, with an all new selection to try. If you can’t read Japanese don’t worry –there are English and Chinese menus available. The most popular savoury course on the menu is the beef stroganoff, and the café recommendation is the fluffy soufflé omelette rice (omurice). So I decided to try these both out! The omurice came with a tasty white sauce in a special gift cup that you get to take home! It featured Pom Pom Purin with a
mushroom beret having an afternoon nap on a bed of yummy tomato sauce and
dreamy shaped vegetables –like a star and four leafed clover! The two sauces together really complemented each other and the omelette was so fluffy and delicious. I can understand why the beef stroganoff is so popular as it’s very tasty and homely –featuring Pom Pom Purin shaped out of rice and a beef beret.
Chef Kubo-san told us that Pom Pom Purin’s face is hand drawn on to every plate of food with sauce, and they make an extra effort to ensure they are all identical.
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For dessert, the most popular item is the parfait, which has an actual pud
ding in it! I went for the
chef’s recommendation –the”steam cloud” fruit tart. Ice cream Pom Pom Purin lies in the tart, that is made to look like an onsen, even with the onsen head towel on! The fruit was really refreshing, and the cream worked really well with the crumbly tart base. For those without the appetite for a dessert but wanting something sweet, there are also a range of creamy decorated yoghurt shakesand flavoured milk teas.
See you soon for the next Mogu Mogu Scarlett! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the previous article where I visited pancake heaven, Café Gram!
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