Tea and tutus on menu at Barbie-themed Taiwan cafe

TAIPEI Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:01pm IST

1 of 3. Customers eat dessert during the media preview of a Barbie-themed cafe in Taipei January 30, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Pichi Chuang

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Tea, tutus and an overdose of pink are prominent on the menu at a just-opened Taipei cafe dedicated to all things Barbie.

Aficionados of the world's most famous doll can now gather to feast on light meals and an array of desserts adorned with the Barbie logo while seated at pink tables on chairs decorated with pink corsets and frothy tutus - pink, of course.

"Every little girl has a Barbie in childhood," said Henry Chiu, president of Sinlaku Taiwan Co Ltd and the owner of the cafe. "Barbie is a dream for a little girl. We want to make girls' dreams come true and build a fantasy world for them."

The store opened in the Taiwanese capital on Jan 30 after years of preparation and an investment of more than 50 million Taiwan dollars - the first such cafe authorised by Barbie-maker Mattel Inc.

Fans were quick with their praise.

"I feel like a Barbie doll in a fairy tale world, I feel like a princess," said Shiao Yu, a 30-year-old housewife on a visit to the cafe. "It's very dreamy."

A typical repast, offered at lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, costs 300 Taiwan dollars and gives at least a nod to health-consciousness.

"The menu is designed to show the calories of each dish," said He Chia-ling, 28, who works in marketing. "So office ladies like us can eat and still be fit and healthy like Barbie."

(Reporting by Christine Lu, writing by Elaine Lies, editing by)

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