Hoshino Coffee 星乃 – City Hall & Orchard

This cafe isn’t new but well I have no idea why I haven’t been here before, probably because it always had long queues when I pass by. Nonetheless, I first stepped into Ion Orchard outlet with my girls but we didn’t have much time to “explore” the food as we were catching a movie shortly after. We had the coffee, French toast and pancakes and rushed off. I just couldn’t get that French toast out of my mind so I reminded myself to revisit again to try out their yummylicious looking food.

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I know it’s fake food but they look really real! (Yes I touched one of it to make sure)

 

I went to the Capitol Piazza branch this time round for lunch and it wasn’t as crowded as Ion to my delight.

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Homard Bisque – $7.50

This lobster bisque is a must-have for me at Hoshino. It’s rich, creamy and full of the lobster flavours. Just look at the colour of it, I just want to dip that bread in and take a bite like right now. I can’t resist lobster bisque (like ever) especially when it’s this good. If you are a fan of this soup, you must try this.

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Hoshino Pot-Baked Curry Rice SGD$15

My other half had the baked rice while I ordered the Lobster Bisque Soup Spaghetti. This baked rice was outstanding for me. Firstly, it was served piping hot – I love my food warm. The good balance of egg, Japanese curry and ground beef in the rice together with sausages and broccoli on the side, makes it a delicious balanced main that’s not boring at all! Rich Japanese curry flavours (typically sweet and slightly spicy at the same time) with the beef and egg, every mouthful of that rice was satisfying.

As for the Lobster Bisque Soup Spaghetti, it was so forgettable that I didn’t even take a picture of it. It pales in comparison to the Homard Bisque. Bland flavours and boring for me.

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French Toast (topped with sugar and cream) and their house-made maple syrup SGD$9.80

The soft and fluffy brioche toasted with egg and topped with a softee and loads of maple syrup, this is one dessert I can have seconds of anytime. And that little jug of maple syrup is soooo cute isn’t it? Easily the best French Toast I have ever had in my life. This is a must have for me at Hoshino’s.

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Hand Dripped Blend Coffee – S$5.80

Look at that little jug (again!) of milk – so adorable right? Their premium Arabica coffee beans are roasted over open fire and hand dripped – meaning the barista will have to patiently pour hot water over the grounded coffee in a little funnel. This process extracts the flavours of the coffee resulting in a rich and complex cup of coffee with strong aromas. Of course this also means there’s a waiting time for the coffee. So do order it early and let the staff know when to serve it 😀 This goes extremely well with the French Toast, if I may add.

And of course I revisited Hoshino. This time with my sister at the Suntec outlet.

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Love these lanterns lights
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Mentaiko Shrimp & Japanese Herb Ohba – SGD$15.50

I am a big fan of Mentaiko hence I wanted to try out this pasta. Not a big fan of this pasta though – the roe was too fishy and it was overwhelmingly so. I didn’t manage to finish the pasta due to the strong smell and taste from the Mentaiko and I have quite a high threshold for fishiness given my preference for seafood. But this was too distasteful.

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Hoshino Spaghetti with Eggplant, Bacon, Shimeji and Sausage SGD$14

This pasta main was much much better, it’s a little like Aglio Oglio style with garlicky flavours and that egg on top adds a layer of milky texture to the otherwise dry pasta. Egg, bacons and mushrooms with pasta – tough to go wrong with this one.

I have also tried the Carbonara with yolk and bacon which is pretty decent for me – creamy and rich. Their Demi-Glace Omu Rice with Mozzarella is also good if you are fan of cheese.

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Matcha Anmitsu – Shiratama, Azuki and Japanese Cookies SGD$13

Tried this pretty looking Matcha Anmitsu which really didn’t impress at all and it’s pricey. It’s like mochi with red bean and matcha ice cream with rice crackers on the side. I forgot what sort of syrup was in that little jug – it was that forgettable.  And their Crème brûlée isn’t good either. It missed the mark on being “crackable” on the top crisp layer and the inner layer is soft and soggy. Highly recommend to stick to their French Toasts and Souffle pancakes. They have launched a seasonal flavour (not new as they had this last year also) this month and I can’t wait to try it out!

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Looks so good right?

Now I am really craving for a good cup of hand dripped coffee after writing this post.

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Despite some misses, the hits are worth going to Hoshino for. I will always want to return for the Homard Bisque and French toast or just chill in their private cubicles with a book and a cup of their coffee.

Hoshino currently have four outlets – Ion Orchard, Plaza Singapura, Capitol Piazza and Suntec City Mall. Their lunch promotion is a free drink (coffee/tea options) with every main ordered. All branches doesn’t take reservations so do be early if you don’t want to be stuck in a queue. Gonna make myself a cup of coffee now even though it won’t be as good as the hand dripped one at Hoshino!

Hoshino outlets

2 Orchard Turn
Ion Orchard #B3-25/26
(65) 6509 8638
11:30AM to 10:00PM (Sunday-Thursday)
11:30AM to 10:30PM (Friday-Saturday)

13 Stamford Road
Capitol Piazza #B2-55
(65) 6384 5131
11:30AM to 10:30PM (Mon-Fri)
10:30AM to 10:30PM (Sat-Sun, PH)

3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City Mall #01-651
(65) 6836 9881
8:000AM to 10:00PM (Mon-Fri)
10:00AM to 10:00PM (Sat-Sunday, PH)

68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura #03-84
(65) 6338 3277
11:30AM to 10:00PM (Mon-Fri)
10:00AM to 10:00PM (Sat-Sunday, PH)

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