Japanese Department Store YATA and apm shopping mall decided to team up and open “Kumamoto Café by Izumi Kitchen” café featuring adorable Kumamon bear.
(Note: The Kumamoto Café by Izumi Kitchen has already closed. It is now replaced by another themed restaurant “Gudetama Café by Izumi Curry“).
Hong Kong has already opened some Character Themed Restaurants including Hello Kitty Secret Garden and several pop-up restaurants (e.g. such as My Melody & Kuromi Pop-Up Café, Little Twin Stars or the Hello Kitty x Iroha Ramen store).
Do you know about Kumamon ?
Kumamon is the official mascot of the Kumamoto prefecture in Japan. The cute and adorable black bear wins not only the hearts of Japanese, but soon spread his cuteness to other Asian countries including Hong Kong. As a matter of fact, Hong Kong loves the little bear. The fever can be proved by the craziness when the first Kumamon pop-up store opened last year.
This time YATA decided to team up with Izumi Kitchen to bring Kumamoto Café by Izumi Kitchen to the apm shopping mall. When you arrive at the little restaurant you will immediately notice Kumamon dressed up as a chef.
Design of Kumamoto Café by Izumi Kitchen
The design of the Kumamoto Café is rather minimalistic and clean. There are a few posters and pictures of Kumamon on the wall. However, no need to worry. There are plenty of photo opportunities. Actually, I love the food and restaurant design of Kumamon Café better than the Hello Kitty Secret Garden Café.
Kumamon Food Designs
Although, Kumamoto Café by Izumi Kitchen is focusing more on desserts and drinks, you will still be able to get some super cute dishes featuring Kumamon. The food price is a little expensive than normal restaurant. Considering they need to pay for the license fee of copyright, it’s acceptable.
Since it’s a very small but popular restaurant, customers are requested to finish within 90 minutes. The minimum charge is HK$ 80 per person.
Just next to Kumamoto Café by Izumi Kitchen is a large display of Kumamon merchandise. Needless to say that there are tons of cute Kumamon related merchandise products. T-Shirts, cups, cell phone accessories to plush toys and stationery all can be found. In case you really love Kumamon, you should check out YATA as well. YATA has a small section with Kumamon related food items including cookies, donuts, water, sake and wine.
Opposite the restaurant, there is a little Kumamon Square exhibition with Kumamon products, collections and a special designed Kumamon Bar. It is also a great opportunity to take some photos with the cute little bear from Japan.
Please note: Since the Yata x Kumamoto Café is a crossover café, it was only be there for a few months. In case you would love to experience the cute atmosphere yourself you should not hesitate too long.
“As one of the most popular mascots, Kumamon is a trend for the locals. Eating in Kumamon Café will no doubt be one must do for many people. Thus be prepared for long waiting time.”
More Info and Details
LG/F, apm Millennium City 5, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong
From October 21, 2014 – October 2015 (Closed Now)
10:00am – 11:00pm (Daily)
+(852) 3580 2883 (YATA)
HK$ 100 – 200 /person
How to get to Kumamoto Café by Izumi Kitchen ?
By Subway: The most convenient way is to take the MTR to the Kwun Tng MTR Station.
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