Price: Cheap (maybe Cheap but not too cheap for Adelaide standards)
Service: Pass (but see the not below)
This is apparently the first Sanrio sanctioned Hello Kitty Cafe in Australia but who really knows since Sanrio has also said Hello Kitty is a British girl.
Anyway, went here because it's something different and there's always hope that different will be pleasing. That and it's just so random we had to go. We went twice on the same day just because.
Things weren't as expected but surprised in a good way (except for a hot water incident). Worth a visit if there are no lines, if there are lines then rethink visiting because it's good but not spectacular. Having said that as hipster as Adelaide seems to have become in the last 2 years we didn't see lines for anything which is a great. Keep that chilled out, no lines policy Adelaide.
Cakes sit in a display, all the other desserts are on the menu and they all have ridiculous names.
Mango mousse - mousse had the texture of Hokkaido cake. Had lychee and coconut stuff in the middle
Strawberry tart - was good. Nice crust but thick. More like almond meal crust + thin custard + strawberries
Hello Kitty's Chocolate Potty Pot - Potty Pot. Seriously? Not the best name. Lots of layers, mostly not the textures we expected. Base was hard like a crust when it says sponge cake, mousse layer wasn't mousse cake consistency, more like mochi. Meringue too sweet, macaron too sweet. Overall interesting enough to let the dish pass.
Green tea frappe - good, nice and thick
The boss didn't let the staff refill hot water for tea but the staff cleverly compromised by providing a cup of hot water. Maybe it was late and they didn't want us hanging around (almost 11pm Sunday).
Sure it's not Yum Cha but still two lessons here:
1) If you're going to charge $7.50 for 2 tea bags and not loose leaf tea then refilling the water might be a good idea. One never knows if the random person asking for a refill brought in over $140 of business that day during our two visits. If it's late and you want to go home then say so.
2) Be wary of randoms who take photos of food, you never know why they're taking photos. Given this is a cafe targeted at the Asian market just be wary of everyone because everyone is taking photos.
Luckily the staff member had some smarts. We're sure Hello Kitty just wants everyone to get along.