June 12, 2013 by Tummy Worms
Walking into Hoshino Coffee at the newly expanded wing of Plaza Singapura and you are greeted with the displays of the food which is ubiquitous with Japanese restaurants. They really serve their purpose of whetting the appetites of the people walking in. The displays draw you in with their immaculately positioned pancakes and souffles and basically all the pretty colours and great presentation of the food. It’s also a good thing to look at and decide what to have while you’re queuing (and do expect to wait for long at peak hours because it’s a really small place)!
Paying a visit to Hoshino Coffee, I must be honest to say I did not know what to expect. Sushi bars, yes, but I’ve never really walked into a Japanese Cafe for coffee, let alone having a full meal there. I had the expectation that the food was probably going to be petite and not very filling which annoys us (the worms are hungry dammnit!). I must say that I was pleasantly surprised when the food was served.
“Fuwa Fuwa” Hoshino Souffle – $15.80
Yes it looks exactly like the static display at entrance of the restaurant. The souffle is a lightly baked cake made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites. The word souffle is the past participle of the French word souffler which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up”—an apt description of what happens to this combination of custard and egg whites (Thank you Wikipedia!). So in short, we were having a blown up cake with rice in this instance.
This is actually one of the most unique dishes we have ever had and one of Hoshino’s most famous item on the menu. The top was a cheese souffle and you could see the creamy and fluffy interior in the second picture above. The rice in a gratin-like texture form the base and it was most satisfying to have a perfect bite with the crispy top together with the fluffy interior and some rice that puts together a creamy, cheesy, fluffy and crispy bite all in one. (Omg I think I need to have one now!)
As great as the first few bites were, the fluffy and airy portion of the souffle caught up with our stomachs as you start to feel bloated with air as you continue to dig into the souffle rice. Coupled that with the rice, cream and cheese, needless to say, it did not sit very well with our stomachs. We would recommend that you order this to share to experience the uniqueness of the dish, but not as a main for an individual.
“Hoshino” Pot Baked Curry Rice – $15.00
Another winner! This is probably the epitome of Japanese comfort food. You have Japanese curry, cheese, Japanese sausage and a runny egg yolk right smack in the middle of the baked rich goodness all into one pot. It smelled incredible and it was rich, buttery, greasy and full on flavour. It really hit the right spot and the runny egg in the middle was its crowning glory( don’t you love the moment when you poke your fork into a runny egg yolk and seeing it ooze its goodness out?). Quite the treat to have piping hot gravy with cheese and rice, something really comforting in that. Perfect to eat on a rainy day while you snuggle under your blanket, watching your favourite movie..Hmmmm…
Matcha Souffle – $9.80
For dessert, we had the Matcha Souffle (yeah another souffle). Maybe we were bloated from the souffle baked rice, but this souffle was just alright. I don’t mean it’s bad but , we have had better ones elsewhere. We topped the souffle off with a vanilla softee for $1. If you want more matcha, you can add an additional matcha softee for $1.50 or whipped cream at $0.35!
Will we visit Hoshino again? Yup! Because we hear their souffle pancake is super duper awesome and fluffy! But it’s huge ass so you probably need to bring a couple of friends!
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