#TASTES – The iconic Central Perk from “FRIENDS” opens in Singapore
Central Perk – the very same hangout of the six friends from the hit 90’s sitcom, FRIENDS is now serving giant cups of coffee right here in Singapore. Coffee lovers rejoice! There are six different coffee blends on offer – one for each character, and the food inspired by various episodes right here in Singapore.
Although many stores emulating the spirit of the landmark café have opened up around the world, this 100-seater café on Magazine Road is officially the only one outside the US to receive the stamp of approval from Warner Bros., and licensed to use the trademark name.
The private launch of Central Perk on November 24th, Thanksgiving Day, is not only a nod to several items on the menu – such as Chandler’s Thanksgiving Chicken complete with “Chanberry” sauce, and Potatoes the Way Phoebe Likes it – but also the perfect way, according to the Jit Min (founder of Central Perk SG), to give thanks to friends and donors.
The attention to detail – from the famous orange couch to the sidewalk facing window where Phoebe performed Smelly Cat – is meticulous and there are even plans to organize events related to the six characters. While perusing the menu that is filled with references to the show, we were chuckling as scenes from the award-winning sitcom flashed before us.
The Food and Coffee
If you reckon the“You’re My Lobster”salad, though refreshing with well-seasoned lobster chunks, isn’t quite worth the SGD $32 price tag, then perhaps go for the Ahh… Unagi (SGD $36). Not many places do eels well, but Central Perk’s kitchen helmed by three former fine dining chefs, manages to hit the mark with a well-executed sauce, umami and moreish.
Ross’ Thanksgiving Sandwich, the one with the “moist maker”, a piece of gravy soaked bread chucked in the middle, is tasty albeit messy to tuck into. Ladies who desire to maintain decorum may consider the equally tasty Joey’s Spaghetti – a pumped up spaghetti alla puttanesca with sausages.
For dessert, out of the five offered, Mrs Braverman’s Cheesecake definitely takes the cake. To quote Rachel, it has “…a buttery, crumbly, graham cracker crust, with a very rich yet light, cream cheese filling. Wow! My whole mouth just filled with saliva!”
And yes, Rachel’s quip just about sums up the café, built for nostalgia and designed with the FRIENDS fan in mind, whetting the appetite for more.
Address and Operating Hours
Central Perk Singapore is located at #01-01 Central Mall on 1 Magazine Road.
Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tuesdays to Sundays), closed on Mondays