Prepare your best set of eyeglasses, and ready yourself to throw out Conan’s catchphrase, “There is only one truth!”
Returning for an encore after a successful first run last year, the popular manga series Case Closed — best known among Thais as “Detective Conan” — will take over Japanese bakery Bake A Wish for seven weeks starting in August.
The cafe pop-up this year, though, will be running under the theme Detective Conan: The First of Blue Sapphire, which shares the same name of the animated film that is set to premiere in Thailand on August 8. For the first time, the film is set outside of Japan — in Coconuts sister city Singapore, actually — with a story circling around the world’s greatest gem sunk into the Singapore coasts (wow!) that will also feature an appearance by phantom thief Kaito Kid.
Due to the different theme and movie plot of this year’s pop-up, the cafe will also be featuring menu items different from the ones on offer last year. While the full menu list has not yet been disclosed, we can most likely expect to see the APTX-4869 Green Curry dish — a big capsule-looking molded mound of rice next to Thai green curry, and Kid the Phantom Thief’s Full Moon Omurice, a Japanese omelette rice inspired by the fictitious elusive master thief in the manga series.
But it’s the dessert that we think is likely to be the most photogenic, the one that will sweep series fans off their feet (and launch a thousand smartphone cameras). Dubbed Kid the Phantom Thief’s Magic Dessert Plate, the dish is comprised of chocolate cake and ice cream, served with Kaito Kid’s iconic white top hat with its blue ribbon band.
Bangkok’s Detective Conan Cafe (edition 2019) will run from August 1 until September 15 at Bake A Wish, on the ground floor of Siam Center. The shopping mall can be reached by foot from BTS Siam.
Detective Conan, also known internationally as Case Closed, is a long-running Japanese anime series created by Gosho Aoyama. It circles around an amateur detective who ingests a mysterious poison that turns his body back into that of a child. He retains all his adult knowledge and detective skills after the transformation and continues to solve crime in his newfound physical state. It’s hugely popular not only among Thais, but also manga fans around the world.
Detective Conan Pop-Up Cafe 2019 will be at Bake A Wish, G Floor of Siam Center
Open 11am – 10pm, daily
August 1 – September 15