Pom Pom Purin Cafe, Harajuku
Pom Pom Purin is the lovable golden retriever character brought to us by Sanrio. He is never seen without his signature brown beret, and he loves cream caramel pudding. The Pom Pom Purin Café in Harajuku is one of my favorite places to stop for lunch with my toddler. It is easily accessed with a stroller, and there are highchairs for younger customers. The food is not only cute, but it tastes good, too!
Pancakes are popular throughout Japan and, as you might expect, there are some very decorative pancakes on the menu here. All of the food on the menu is decorated with the Pom Pom Purin character. We tried the banana and caramel pancakes and we thought they were both fun and delicious. The café also offers a pancake tower served with a Pom Pom Purin mug for you to take home with you. They will bring you a new mug in a box when you have finished your meal, so there is no need to worry about cleaning it with your napkin.
The main courses include a mild coconut chicken curry that was surprisingly tasty and is very fun for children to eat, as the vegetables are in the shape of hearts and stars. They also serve some regular pasta and salad dishes.
‘Purin’ is the Japanese word for pudding, and a visit to this café would not be complete without tasting the pudding that this character is named after. The Pom Pom Purin dessert is even served with a chocolate beret on the top! For moms in need of a pick me up, there is a Pom Pom Purin latte on offer as well.
The popular Pom Pom Purin Cafe on Takeshita Dori is a great place to try the kawaii (cute) food that Japan is famous for, and is a fun experience for both adults and children. There is a small retail area in the corner of the restaurant if you wish to purchase any mementos from your visit. The staff are very friendly and are happy to take photos of you enjoying this cute experience.
If you have never heard of Pom Pom Purin before, you will certainly develop a soft spot for him after your visit!
Address: 3F Cute Cube Harajuku, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. (last food orders 8 p.m., last drink orders 8:30 p.m.)