My friend Maybelle tipped me off to the fact that there is a somewhat newly opened Harry Potter themed cafe in Singapore named Platform 1094 (after the famous platform 9 3/4, obviously, but named so because 1094 is its address).
Naturally, I wanted to check it out, so this afternoon, we met up at Platform 1094 with Maybelle’s boyfriend Jon and our friend and fellow Harry Potter fan, Sharina.
Maybelle and Jon arrived first, at around 3pm. Maybelle said they were seventh in the queue. Aha! A sign! Isn’t the number the seven the most magical number in the Harry Potter universe?
By the time I arrived at Platform 1094 (it took a while coz I couldn’t find my broom or some powder for the floo network or any port keys, and I was too scared to apparate in case I got splinched), I was just in time for us to be ushered to our table.
We perused the Platform 1094 menus which had been interestingly printed out on slabs of wood. Unfortunately they didn’t serve mains in the afternoon until 5pm, so we had to make do with finger food and desserts.
After ordering, we excitedly stood up to gather some round glasses and wands from their cupboard
under the stairs of props.
As soon as we sat down, our drinks were served. We were surprised at how fast they were.
The most popular thing in Platform 1094 cafe and the highlight of our trip is the drink called Mr Lich’s Flaming Brew which I prefer to call the goblet of fire. The blue drink is served in a glass mug, lit with a tiny flame, then when you sprinkle cinnamon on it, the flame ignites as though you had whipped out your wand and cast the “Incendio” spell. See it in action below.
As for the taste – well, we sprinkled too much cinnamon in it so it tasted pretty much like cinnamon. 😅
We also ordered two other drinks:
The alchemist concoction had the best taste out of all the drinks we ordered. It’s made of rum, banana liqueur, orange, pineapple, and Sprite and is served in a frosted rose gold martini glass as a bonus. I’d take this over James Bond’s martini any day.
I thought the butterscotch ale would taste like butterbeer (which I had tasted in Harry Potter Studios in London), but it didn’t, it tasted like rootbeer instead, so that was disappointing.
Now I have a question – who on earth are Mr and Mrs Lich? They’re definitely not Harry Potter characters as far as I remember! Are they the cafe owners?
Anyway… the finger food we ordered were all quite delicious, but my favourite was the chicken wings. The batter was crispy and the meat was well-seasoned. 😋 The best presentation, however, would have to go to the spam fries, which came in a tiny cauldron. So cute!
Then finally, we ordered dessert. Sharina chose it after she found one of its photos online. Now here’s mine!
I have to say, this is one of the most complicated desserts I have ever had the pleasure of eating. There’s so many pieces that for a moment we just stared at it and didn’t even know how to begin digging in. But all the pieces taste good, by themselves or as part of the whole. My favourite part was the yogurt parfait.
There was a brief moment when the table beside us became empty, so I panicked and said we had to take a picture there, with the most coveted design on the wall and the chandelier, before other people sat down.
And so we did, and Jon did such a good job of capturing us in our wiccan ways.
We did think that the place could do with more Harry Potter decor, however. It seems like whoever the owner is (Mr Lich?), he is not that big of a Harry Potter fan.
Still, it’s worth the trip, and a lot of others must think so, too, because the place was never without a queue the entire time we were there. I’m really glad Maybelle brought this place to my attention and I had a chance to have a mini reunion with my former flatmates. 😊
🏠 1094 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328192
📞 6204 6003
⏰ Opening Hours: Sat to Sun 10AM–10PM, Tue to Fri 11AM–10PM, Closed on Mondays