I went to this new eatery in the new Plaza Singapura wing yesterday and today since I had to come to Plaza Sg anyway. It is called Hoshino Coffee and serves Japanese (imo lighter – perfect for girls) food. I’ll start off again with photos of the decor and interior first:
It is located at Level 3 of the new PS wing and has an open dining concept as you can see in the photo above.
At the front of the eatery and the place where you wait to be seated, one will surely notice the faux food display (as most Japanese restaurants do) that Hoshino Cafe had very cleverly placed. I just love faux food displays – they always look so mouthwatering haha.. Yet, I waited for more than 10 minutes today to be seated – nobody was really bothering to seat us. Maybe they were busy/ understaffed/ unsure of operations flow but.. its opened for business already right??
The seats inside are of variety – long wooden tables, coffee tables (for 2) and normal square tables.
There are also sofa seats at the corner near the kitchen. The interior’s a bit grim I feel though, due to the dark oakwood (?) furniture. But it does give the feeling of being in a lounge due to the same reason.
Next up, is the food, which I feel are delicious and just the right size (for me). 🙂 Service was quite bad though, like I said above maybe due to understaffing or some other reasons.. Anyway, below of photos from the 2 times I ate at Hoshinos – luckily all different food were ordered 😛
Iced Coffee ($6.00), served in the cutest and tiniest milk jug ever lol. 😛
The cafe’s signature Hoshino Blended Coffee ($5.80) is a hand-drip premium hot coffee. I thought the coffee beans used was good and suited my taste bud, since it was not that acidic and not too thick and yet flavourful. This is served with their super kawaii milk jug as well. Man, I really love how tiny their milk jug is xP
The second day (today), I decided to give their Iced Matcha ($7.50) a go. I didn’t order it yesterday as I thought it was wayyyy too pricey for a glass of cold green tea -__-. Anyway, when I took my first sip of the Matcha, it was disappointing.. It was way too bitter and coarse to my liking. 😦 I’m not sure if that’s how authentic or premium green tea should taste like – since I have not learnt the Art of Tea in Japan before. I’m just stating my personal opinion here.
Today, we decided to try the recommended Wafu Wafu Souffle Doria ($15.50). Although it was served after 30 minutes of waiting, its appearance totally wow-ed us. It was baked to a beautiful golden colour and when I scooped my first spoon, I noticed the top cover layer is actually foamy and bubbles on the inside. Wonder how they made it like that. Below the top egg puffy layer, was the normal baked rice with shitake mushroom and prawns. Taste-wise, it was great and had a slight cheesy aftertaste.
Meanwhile, yesterday we decided to try another recommendation on the list – Tokyo Style Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich ($12.00). This was another dish that blew us away despite the long wait once again. The bread was baked just nice crispy and yet not dry. The chicken was tender and sauce was just delicious. 🙂
Then, today I decided to try the Shrimp Avocado Egg Sandwich ($9.80), which has mayonnaise in it. It was great too, but not as awesome as the Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich. The bread itself was different too – this one was a bit dry and just normal white bread. Nevertheless, I think this is nice for its price! And I love prawns and avocado haha.
To complement today’s meal, we ordered the French Toast ($9.80) as well. Presentation-wise, it wasn’t that appealing as compared to the photo in the menu – the French Toasts were not stacked neatly. Yet, its taste redeemed its lack of presentation. I feel that it tastes different from normal French Toasts. This one is chewy and has some foam around as well, and the foamy egg and bread somehow kind of merged together such that you cannot really see where the distinction is. We didn’t use the maple syrup that came with it though.
My mom liked this Matcha Souffle ($9.80) but I thought it was okay. This was, on the contrary, served pretty fast, maybe 15 minutes considering that Souffle needs to be baked for sometime.
Overall, I like Hoshino Coffee. The taste is there and decor is quite comfy. But I will have to say they really have to improve on the some servers’ service attitude, as well as the long waits here and there throughout the meal. I will still come back here though, I still wanna try their Souffle Pancake hehe.. 😀
68 Orchard Road,
#03-84 Plaza Singapura