For a long time now, I wanted to try the Hello Kitty high tea option at Set Genki Tei restaurant in Den Haag. This week I finally made the reservation. First of all, let me start describing this experience by saying that I am not the biggest Hello Kitty fan. Being the most popular Sanrio character she has been licensed to a lot of third parties. Sadly , this resulted in a lot of merchandise that is of inferior quality and design. I’m extremely picky when it come to Hello Kitty stuff. I usually hate it or love it. Even original Sanrio Hello Kitty products are a hit or miss for me. That being said, I think that from the design stand point, Hello Kitty is a fantastic character; her “mouthless” face expressing whatever emotions we want or feel at the moment.
When it comes to Set Genki Tei’s high tea set it had its highs and lows. I thought the tea pot was extremely cute. The little strawberry and blueberry cheesecakes were nice but nothing that I have not seen before. I think that sums up the entire experience: Lovely and pleasant but not a unique experience. The restaurant itself is really nice, offering everyone their own separate Tatami-style booth. It gives a nice touch of cosiness and privacy.
The high tea set itself was very basic: cheesecakes, cream puffs, chocolate bonbons, biscuits, toasts and four pieces of futo maki. You could choose between a pot of Green, Jasmine or Pickwick tea. We chose the Jasmine option. All the food items were fine in flavour but nothing spectacular. I have to mention that the restaurant also offers regular meals such as: bento, ramen and sushi.
Overall, I had a good experience mostly because the restaurant in itself provides a cosy environment for socialising with friends and family over a meal. I’d recommend this to Hello Kitty fans who happen to be in the area. Is the experience worth travelling for from far? Probably not. Would I do it again? Only if someone else really wanted to go. It wouldn’t be out of my own initiative.
The cost of the high tea per person is 13,99 euro on regular days. During holidays and weekends the price goes up to 15.99 euro per person. The high tea is served between 12:00 and 17:00. A reservation is recommended as some days ,especially later in the day, the restaurant can get quite busy. In case of no reservation a waiting time of 30 minutes is to be expected.