SINGAPORE — Get your Instagram accounts ready, because a new cafe dedicated to Gudetama the lazy egg is the height of photogenic adorableness.
Gudetama is a creation of Japan’s cartoon mega power, Sanrio, which also created Hello Kitty.
Following the success of other Gudetama cafes in Japan and Hong Kong, Singapore just welcomed the little lethargic egg to its shores.
Best of all, the dishes at the cafe were designed by award-winning bento artist and local food blogger Shirley Wong, who Instagrams her creations as Little Miss Bento.
Who is Gudetama?
Unlike most cartoon characters that are usually all about unbridled joy and positivity, Gudetama’s name comes from the Japanese word for “no energy” — “gude”. “Tama” comes from “tamago”, Japanese for egg.
People find the little guy’s laidback spirit really relatable.
“I can totally relate to feeling apathetic, unmotivated, lazy, pessimistic, and irritable.”
Drawings of Gudetama typically show him in a variety of lackadaisical poses: asleep on his egg white bed with with a bacon blanket pulled over him; draped over a bowl of rice exuding an air of indifference; or lounging in a cracked half of his shell — as one does — on a deckchair.
“I love Gudetama because I can totally relate to feeling apathetic, unmotivated, lazy, pessimistic, and irritable,” says self-confessed diehard fan Delphine Tan, 36.
The Singaporean teacher is an avid collector of Gudetama paraphernalia and showcases her collection on Instagram:
Here’s what you’ll eat
At the new Singapore cafe, the menu consists of 10 main courses, four side dishes, five desserts, two kids’ meals and a range of specialty drinks.
To get Gudetama’s infamous miserable expression onto the food items, a thin edible clear film is pasted over the surfaces.
Expect to shell out an average of S$35 ($24) per person if you each order a main, a drink, and a dessert.
The Gudetama cafe is located on the ground floor of the Suntec City mall.