A fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. ?? Then this is the perfect hangout for you. The cafe is constructed to look EXACTLY like the set on the show, complete with the big orange couch! They even offer merchandise like key chains, mugs or even T-Shirts for the show’s biggest fans.
What I Had
Joey’s Fisherman Stew ($38) which came with scallops, prawns, mussels, and bits of fish in a hearty stew accompanied by a warm, soft baguette half. This one was rather satisfying without being too much of a fishy brew.
Monica’s Lasagne ($26) though was both equally saucy and gooey with cheese, the portion was pretty meager and didn’t really fill me up too much.
Central Perk names each and every item on the menu according to the episodes and characters on the show so much so, they have characterized their brews which are available as lattes, cappuccinos or even in a chocolate form! I enjoyed the lighter roasts which were ‘Rachel Green’, ‘Phoebe Buffay’ and ‘Ross Geller’. The coffees themselves are pretty decent, though one would set you back at $8 each. Amongst their coffee variety, I managed to savour a refreshing Mint tea for $6.
The Really Serious Break-Up Ice Cream ($14) topped with oreo crumbs and fresh fruits, is basically made up of 4 scoops of ice cream in the flavours: Triple Chocolate, After Dinner Mint, Hokey Pokey & Doris Plum. For an unusual mix of flavours, this was actually pretty pleasant on the palette!
The Break-Up Ice Cream ($12) is a refreshingly, addictive, low-fat yogurt served with chopped nuts, bits of popping candy topped with fresh fruits.
Remember Mrs. Braverman’s Cheescake ($16) from Mama’s Little bakery?? The one Chandler and Rachel scraped up off the floor? Yup, that’s the one! One would imagine an extraordinarily rich and creamy slice of cake. However, I was terribly let down with this one, especially with its portion.
What I Loved
Any F.R.I.E.N.D.S. fan will go berserk once they set foot in here. With the amazing props, convincing layout and authentic space, it really does drag in the show’s biggest fanatics. No doubt there are countless photo ops for everyone, but the biggest bonus here is the continuous re-runs of the TV show throught the day. Don’t be too surprised to find the staff clapping along to the hallmark moment of the theme song (which they do so for each and every episode) that adds a certain hurrah to the ambience. All in all, a great scene for a group hang or a casual date but with pricey and small portions, you won’t find yourself visiting too often.
1 Magazine Road, Central Mall
Tuesday to Sunday: 11AM-11PM
Closed on Mondays