The pancake souffleAfter reading so much about the hype over this Japanese kopitiam, we decided to head over during a weekday evening. The selection is not very wide and is truly just everything shown in the photo below.
However, this trip made me realise how inefficient communication in the kitchen can actually hold up the queue and upsets diners even though this usually happens in Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.
Speaking of the food, the baked curry rice ($15) was delicious as the beef curry sauce was really thick and savoury.
The soft egg yolk enhances the richness of the rice. It has been years ago since I had my Japanese curry rice.
The pancake souffle ($9.80 for 1 and $12 for double) is nothing spectacular and was a little tad dry and less fluffy than a Mac pancake. Hence had to rely on the brown sugar syrup to finish this although they gave us the maple syrup which we did not choose.
The puny little salted whipped cream was definitely not enough to go with the thick pancake. Extra charge goes for additional cream :S
Fortunately, the matcha souffle ($9.80) saved the day. Even though it did not rise to a considerable height, it was filled with sweet matcha custard and thus this warm pud was really comforting one to enjoy.
The only dish that I would recommend one to try. Wanted to give their matcha latte a try but did not after looking at the small portion for $7.50 a cup which the table beside us ordered.
In short, this place is definitely not worth queuing so better to avoid peak hours. I think it is very adventurous or bold for a newly opened restaurant to offer so many soufflé items as they require long waiting time. However, this must be provided that the orders run smoothly without missing out or leaving out any item, only to have realized that the kitchen had left out the order after customers' reminders.
Hoshino Coffee (星乃珈琲店)
68 Orchard Road, #03-84,Plaza Shingapura, Singapore 238839http://www.hoshinocoffee.com/