Eat Pikachu and Hello Kitty buns at this Japanese bakery

Sushi, flying noodles and ramen burgers at new Ibn Battuta Mall branch

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Ever thought Pikachu looked so good you could just gobble them up?

Well, now you can… at quirky Japanese bakery Yakitate, you’ll find tarts stuffed with cheese and topped with the Pokemon’s face.

However, the '90s gaming phenomenon is not the only iconic Japanese cartoon to be brought to life in delicious fashion.

Bakers have created Hello Kitty custard treats, fresh buns for My Neighbour Totoro and a chocolate-sprinkled sweet bake styled on Susuwatari from the hit film Spirited Away.

Plus, the opening of the bakery’s second branch in the Ibn Battuta Mall means you can satisfy your sweet-toothed cravings on both sides of the city, with the first branch in Al Rigga already a success.

The choice of character cakes, doughnuts, pastries and breads is never ending, as the café’s signature soufflé cheesecakes, matcha diamonds, curry doughnuts and red bean-filled loaves fill the shelves.

And business is booming according to branch manager Archie.

“So far we are doing very well. Most of our customers were waiting for the new branch," he said.

“We bake everything from scratch here on the premises. Twice, if not three times a day, depending on how busy we are.”

The new location not only delivers on sweet delicacies, but boasts a bigger, flavour-packed vegetarian menu, too.

While drinks range from exotic strawberry pomegranate soda floats to milk teas and fresh juices to traditional Japanese siphon coffee.

If you find yourself passing through for breakfast, don’t miss out on a top deal of any main, a freshly squeezed juice and a tea or coffee for under Dhs25.

Delicious lunch specials start at noon with a choice of different ramen burgers, a side dish and drink for under Dhs36. Sushi, stir-fries, katsu-curries and flying noodles (mysterious, we know) are all on offer, too.

See you there faster than you can say Pokémon Go.
Prices vary. Open daily 8.30am-1am. Ibn Battuta Mall (04 2555161).

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