I’ll Be There For You in Central Perk

F.R.I.E.N.D.S, a well loved American sitcom, inspired Jit Min to open her own themed cafe through a crowd-funding platform. Episodes in the series typically depict the friends’ romantic and funny adventures while this restaurant will take you to a gastronomic adventure of a lifetime. See how this restaurant started along with the new items in store in the next few weeks.

Central Perk Logo
Central Perk Front Menu
Central Perk Back Menu

TF: When did you start and what’s the inspiration behind your business?


JML: I have always wanted to open a F.R.I.E.N.D.S themed cafe many years back but was unsure of the demand, in my previous job as a headhunter, i was interviewing a candidate and he pointed me in the direction of crowdfunding platforms and i saw it as a powerful marketing tool to gauge if there was a real demand for this cafe. So i produced a video with friends on this and posted it on June 5 2016, it got viral attracting investors, partners and fans who helped built it and we opened in November 2016.

Central Perk

TF: What sets you apart from another businesses? Do you have a motto or creed that you follow?

JML: It is that love and passion for the show which ensures we do not compromise on quality of the Friends experience we bring. Our motto: Recreating F.R.I.E.N.D.S, one coffee cup at a time.

You can enjoy Central Perk alone
or even with your F.R.I.E.N.D.S

TF: What are the best selling items in the menu?

JML: Janice oh my god baby back ribs, Joey ride along sandwich, Ross moist maker sandwich, Cheesecake from mama bakery.

Janice Oh My God Baby Back Ribs
Joey’s “You’re My Everest” Turkey
Chandler’s Thanksgiving Chicken
Mrs. Braverman’s Cheesecake

TF: Do you have plans to expand outside Singapore?

JML: Yes we are in talks with interested partners to bring the brand overseas.

Heavy Fudge Chocolate Mudcake
Choose your own F.R.I.E.N.D.S inspired coffee

TF: What will be the new items in your menu in the next 6 months?

JML: We actually list out every food item that was mentioned in the show / inspired dishes and we came up with a list of over 400 items.
The current menu has about 50 items and we have a lot in store. We are actually revamping and adding some items next week.
Some additions are Eggs Benedict: The one made from the Chick and Duck, Phoebe you are my lobster pasta. Stay tuned:)

Central Perk is located at 01-01 Central Mall, 1 Magazine Road Singapore 059567. They are open from 10 am – 10 pm (Tuesday – Sunday), closed every Monday.

You can check out their social media pages:

Instagram: centralperksg
Facebook:Central Perk Singapore
Website: http://centralperk.sg

The verdict: It’s an ACE! (extra special since I’m a F.R.I.E.N.D.S fanatic)
The Tennis Foodie’s favorite: Heavy Fudge Chocolate Mudcake and Janice Oh My God Baby Back Ribs

Thank you to Jit Min for sharing some amazing photos from Central Perk.

17 thoughts on “I’ll Be There For You in Central Perk”

  1. This is so cool!! I would love to eat here. I still watch friends reruns all the time. I love the names of the menu items too.

  2. Friends was such a classic show that I would love to try Central Perk if I was in Singapore. I like that they’ve been inspired to create a menu based on food items in the show or named after them. Janice Oh My God baby back ribs is pretty funny. Hopefully Monica’s lasagna is in the works though I hope not to find a ring in it! Great idea for a fun place to visit.

  3. Hah! What a cool restaurant! Didn’t even know that existed in Singapore. I must visit it next time I’m there. Janice Oh My Good baby back ribs is hilarious! I did love watching FRIENDS back in the day and I reckon this would be such a great conversation starter, choosing the funniest episodes from over the seasons.

  4. This place looks so cool! I never knew they had it in Singapore! I would definitely stop by when I visit the next time. Thanks for sharing this with us

  5. What a cool idea! Surprised that this would be in Singapore rather than the US, but probably too many legal problems to do it here in the US. I love how she had a dream and stuck with it to fruition. Menu items made my mouth water!

  6. Great fan for friends here, and seriously, who isn’t? You got me at the title itself and I really don’t need another reason to be excited about visiting the restaurant. Loved reading the interview and knowing that the menu is also inspired by the series, not just the name and ambiance.

  7. I think am the only remaining person who haven’t got a chance to watch the whole FRIENDS sitcom. But this place is impressive, I like that couch though 🙂
    The foods looks so hearty too!

  8. Love the name of the dishes. Can’t wait to visit whilst in Singapore and look forward to more openings else where. What a great idea.

  9. I love everything about this post. I am a big FRIENDS fan, and I would love to eat here. I love the creative titles for the menu options. How fun for fans! I need to look into this further.

  10. I know of this restaurant when one of my friends visited Singapore and visited this place just because of the theme. I am huge fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S – well who is not! Loved the theme, but it would be great if they have a vegan menu as well for plant-based fans like us.

  11. What a fun idea you brought to life! If I ever get a chance to stop in, I will ask for the Joey ride along sandwich. I will think of Jen now when I see the reruns airing.

  12. Its amazing how even though its been years that the final season of FRIENDS came out, everyone still binge watches it. And having a cafe called as Central Perk, is definitely a must visit for all FRIENDS fans. The food looks so yummy.

  13. That Heavy Fudge Chocolate Mudcake is something I would like to enjoy and thinking how grateful the day is, and pairing it with brewed coffee. Or maybe have this while watching the FRIENDS marathon during lazy night plus champagne! Glad you had an awesome time here!

  14. A Friends themed cafe?! That’s right up my street! If I’m ever in Singapore I’ll be sure to visit. The food names are great too! Sounds like a really fun place to visit

  15. Wow what an amazing concept and an equally amazing menu and theme. I would love to visit Central Perk one day as being a great fan of friends fits in perfect. The food and the decor both complimentary of each other. The baby back ribs looks amazingly delicious. I would definitely finish if with the mudcake. Overall a great place to eat and spend a great evening. Thanks for. sharing

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