Home to the first Hello Kitty-themed café, Hello Kitty-themed airplanes and now – taking cute perhaps one step too far – the world’s first Barbie themed restaurant has opened in Taiwan.
Licensed by U.S. toymaker Mattel, Taiwan restaurant company, Sinlaku, in January opened the Barbie Café on Zhongxiao road, one of the busiest shopping districts in the capital, Taipei.
The cafe’s decoration, costing TW$50 million (US$1.7 million), is mostly in suitably styled magenta and pink. I am holding down a wee rainbow vomit at the moment
The furniture couldn’t be more princess-y – bar tables look like the heel of a stiletto, chair backs resemble bustiers (some with a tutu) and chandeliers are shaped like elegant teapots and teacups with saucers. Dolls and logos adorn walls and tabletops.
The restaurant also has a gigantic Barbie box allowing customers to step in and feel like a packaged up, life-size doll. (Now we’re talking – I am in!)
Waitresses wear tutus and tiaras while their male counterparts try, mostly in vain, to look like Ken, hers on-off squeeze.
Barbie’s abnormally, and anatomically-challenging, slim figure may diminish some appetites. With that in mind, the restaurant menu has been designed by professional nutritionists, local media reported (Chinese). There’s a calorie chart on the first page of the menu, with calorie data listed alongside each item.
The menu itself is a hodgepodge of offerings, including Chicken toast box, Hazelnut tiramisu, Macaroons in martini glasses, Philadelphia steak salad, Salmon beauty salad and Barbie 128 (a pink drink named after the café’s address).
I suppose if they were making squillions from their Hello Kitty restaurants this was definitely going to be a next step and I can totally see young girl birthday parties happening here although the bar seems to indicate it’s an adult’s restaurant. Information courtesy of CNN. Photos off the interwebby thing – if you want to be credited or have them removed please get in touch.