Japanese café lovers have another reason to get excited about – Singapore’s very first MOS Café has opened up at Raffles City. This comes hot on the heels after Café & Meal MUJI opened its first outlet in Singapore at Paragon Orchard.
MOS Burgers, otherwise known as “Mountain Ocean Sun” (do you know that?) is a popular fast food restaurant chain that originated in Japan.
The lifestyle café at the basement of Raffles City supposedly caters to health-conscious diners.
To sum up our first impression, we didn’t think the cafe element was strong, and felt like another version of the existing fast-food restaurant with some additional items.
Here are some of the signature items developed specially for the Singapore MOS Café:
– Wagyu Tower Burger ($8.95), modelled after Tokyo Tower with double wagyu beef patties.
– Chicken and Avocado Rice Bowl ($6.50), topped with wasabi mayonnaise
– Tortilla Salad ($4.00), whole wheat flour tortillas filled with vegetables.
– Coffee made using siphon brewers ($4.50)
– Special Fruit Tea made with eight different fruits ($4.50 for both hot and iced versions)
– Vegetable Smoothie ($3.80)
The Wagyu Tower Burger ($8.95) tasted best (but well, this is not saying much), and retained the usual MOS Burger standard with its soft bun and juicy patties. My dining partner thought it felt like “an elevated version of double-cheese burger”.
For $5.95, the Chicken Vegetable Curry seems value for its money, and we couldn’t really complain when there was more gravy than the meat. Passable.
Oddly, we found many of the desserts and drinks too sweet, especially when the cafe is targeted at the health-conscious.
The Vegetable Smoothie ($3.80) was over-powered by the taste of bananas, and the Special Fruit Tea ($4.50) turned out to be syrupy-sweet, that I let out a look of jolt on my first sip. (Stirred, still too sweet.)
I personally thought the music choice was weird, more suitable for a traditional older type of Japanese restaurant. Won’t dwell too much into this, as music is very subjective.
What we hope to see in the near future are more distinct ‘cafe’ offerings, say Iced Coffee (surprised there was none), Iced Matcha Latte, and a wider range of Japanese desserts and pastries to differentiate with the existing MOS Burger fastfood.
MOS Café Singapore
Raffles City Shopping Centre B1-38, 252 North Bridge Road Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm