Jurassic World Café is now open at ION Orchard Sky, Level 56. It is based on the original concept by THE GUEST café and diner, operated by PARCO in Japan. This pop-up themed café will be available from 6 November 2021 till 3 January 2021.
Some of the menu items are very much in theme with the movie, such as the Volcano Curry ($23) that depicts the curry as a flowing lava from a cone of ink rice and Geologic Parfait ($16) with layers of cream and cookie crumbles in a glass.
The café also offers Nasi Lemak ($20) to cater to local tastes but I find it exorbitant for basically a chicken wing, a hard-boiled egg, anchovies, peanuts and crackers. You can get better nasi lemak from a coffeeshop for a fraction of the price or even slightly upmarket but with quality ones from a fancy nasi lemak restaurant.
We tried two mains, Jurassic World Burger ($28) and a seasonal special, Christmas Meat Platter ($25).
For the Jurassic World Burger, the beef patty is expertly grilled to medium rare but unfortunately, it is not seasoned well enough. It is on the verge of bland. I do not know how they manage to cook bacon until it is not savoury. It ends up dry and burnt, and it does nothing to help the burger.
The Christmas Meat Platter ($25) is not really considered a platter because it consists of only a pork rib, a chicken wing, and potato cubes. The pork rib is dry, and the meat falls apart in flakes. I am not sure what is in the marinade for the chicken wing but it tastes odd with the spice mix. The roasted potato cubes are tasty though.
For dessert, we had Fossil Excavation Cake ($16), which is a layer of sponge cake with cream, cocoa biscuit, strawberry and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Cookies and cream with cake is a good combination. I wish they are more generous with the strawberry because it was just one strawberry cut into half. Maybe it is more for decoration purpose than playing a part for the flavours.
The Mosasaurus Soda ($8) tastes like sparkling liquid toothpaste. The Latte ($6) is decent and has a cute dinosaur image on its foam. However, after a few sips, the edible paper-like coating on the foam swivels around the coffee like an unwanted debris.
Besides a life-size figurine of Blue (a Velociraptor in the movie), a photo op backdrop, LED walls of dinosaurs and a corner shop selling merchandise, there is nothing much for children to do in the café. The movie theme song is on a perpetual loop and it gets a little tiresome after I hit the 30-minute mark being in the café.
I think the café can do better to entice customers with more engaging entertainment. For example, they can play the Jurassic World movies at a screening corner or have some spin-off arcade games to remind us why we love dinosaurs so much. Or maybe, they can just work on the food.
JURASSIC WORLD CAFÉ
ION ORCHARD Sky, 2 Orchard Turn, Level 56, Singapore 238801
11am – 10pm, Daily
tel: +65 8028 1489
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This is an invited tasting. Written by Cheang Shwu Peng.