Central Perk—F.R.I.E.N.D.S themed cafe—is finally opening in Singapore this weekend.
Located at Central Mall, it will be a 100-seater cafe with floor space of 3,300sq feet. Other than the main set of the café, there is also an extension of a studio set area and outdoor alfresco Streets of New York (recreated indoors).
The F.R.I.E.N.D.S corner will feature character themed wall and iconic themed furniture—Patsy the dog, Pacman machine, Monica Kitchen and Joey Italian Fine craftsmanship cabinet.
Central Perk will be offering a selection of salads, sandwiches, main courses, pasta, pizzas and desserts. Under the mains, there are 6 options which are mostly named after the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. main characters—Janice’s Oh. My. God Baby Back Ribs; Chandler’s Thanksgiving Chicken; Joey’s Fisherman Stew; Phoebe’s I Can’t Eat Meat Steak; Joey’s You’re My Everest Turkey
The cafe is partnering coffee roasters in Singapore to customise 6 different coffee blends profiled to the 6 different F.R.I.E.N.D.S. characters.
Fans of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. will be happy to know that there will be Central Perk merchandises including tumbler, cap, apron, umbrella, mug, and personalised T-shirt.
Central Perk ran into controversy when it announced that it was launching an annual membership programme at S$1,000.
Central Perk SG members enjoy the benefits of priority queue (wow?!); reservations for the “highly anticipated” Central Perk couch; invitations to Central Perk SG events (SO EXCITING!!!); and 6 complimentary cups per day.
Not too sure if this S$1,000 will be worth spending…
Photos credit: Central Perk Singapore
Many people slammed the cafe for charging such an exorbitant amount for the membership; it remains to be seen if fans of F.R.I.E.N.D.S would spend so much to be a member (FYI: they sold 97 memberships till date).
Meanwhile, we await the soft launch of the F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ themed cafe this weekend. And we are curious if they are going to get a Gunther-lookalike to serve coffee…
Central Perk Singapore
1 Magazine Road #01-01
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay