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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hoshino Coffee

While walking along the shop front of Hoshino Coffee, the mock up Western-Japanese fusion dishes capture my attention with its yummy looking appearance and literally make me drools at the sight. They not only drew our attention but drew us closer to take a look at them.

Hoshino Coffee
Theme with dark brown and black furnishing, the entire place looked grand and English, not any like the usual hipster cafe.

Hoshino Coffee Interior
Decorations of the Japanese Lamps were seen hanging from the ceiling.

Being an odd one out of the group of friends, I had ordered the Ice Fruit Teas while the rest were waiting for their caffeine fix. Ice Fruit Tea was served in a decanter whereby the black tea is infused with assorted fruits like apple, orange, blueberries and even preserved plum. It had also gave me a good idea to start my own kind of infused mix fruit tea.

Iced Fruits Tea - $9.90
Hoshino Coffee is strongly advocate for. The cold coffee was served in elegant metal cup with milk and syrup placed separately. The after taste of the black coffee was not too bitter and does not have the sour taste. It's a pity that when we were ordering, the grinding machine was out of order and we could not have a taste of their famous hot hand drip coffee.

Ice Coffee - $6
We had the Pie Pizza which falls under the Capitol Specials. There was a strong wave of cheesy aroma the moment the plate was placed on the table. Pizza crust was crispy with thin layers like croissant texture, unlike the usual doughy pizza we had. Potatoes wedges with tomato soup dip and salad are part of the dish too.

Mushroom & Chicken Pie Pizza - $15
Tonkatsu Curry Rice may be a very common dish in any Japanese restaurant but Hoshino's Coffee has this dish done up well. The curry was mild with a big weighty piece Tonkatsu was delicious, accompanied by shredded cabbages by the side. Tonkatsu was perfectly done up and fried to its golden brown perfection, crispy battered at its exterior yet retaining its succulency. 
Tonkatsu Curry Rice - $17
If you knows about "fuwa-fuwa" in Japanese, you would have knew that the souffle is actually fluffy as describe in its description. The "cloud" was amazing soft with tomato baked rice beneath when you reveal the Souffle layer. Baked rice packed of buttery fragrance and was delicious with ingredients like mushrooms and ham.

"Fuwa-Fuwa" Hoshino Souffle - $15.80
Another must try will be its Omu Souffle with Tomato Rissoto.

Omu Souffle on Tomato Rissoto with Shrimp & Broccoli - $16.80
Hoshino Spaghetti with eggplant, bacon, shimeji & sausage is another recommendation. Look at the runny egg on the centre, that's how temptations starts! Added with roasted sesame seeds to enhanced the taste on the "cooked to perfect texture"spaghetti just gave another reason not to have this dish skipped.

Hoshino Spaghetti - $14
Pasta were cooked to Al Dente Perfection with ingredients like mushrooms, prawns, seaweed, fish flakes and a scoop of Mentaiko .

Mentaiko Shrimp & Japanese Herb Ohba - $15.50
The texture of spaghetti was near to perfection, still holding its firmness yet not being to hard. A good mixture of pasta in cream base sauce with mushrooms, seaweed grilled and cooked salmon, enjoying two different cooking style of a salmon being served.

Salmon with Wasabi Cream Sauce - $16
Here's a close up of the charred lines for the grilled salmon with wasabi.

Salmon with Wasabi
There services was more misses than hits. The service team was rather new with a handful of trainees and service could have been better if food availability is enough over a weekend. For a place where coffee is strongly advocate for, we was initially told that the coffee machine was spoiled thus we could not order their dripping coffee and took the Iced Coffee as an alternative. To make things worse, only 3 cups of iced coffee was served when we had ordered 5. There then with further probing, we was then told that Ice Coffee was sold out too. *Shrugs*

Rating: 3.25 / 5

Hoshino Coffee
Location: Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Road #B2-55 Singapore 178905 

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