Hoshino Coffee is one of those Japanese cafes that get divided views – some like its selection of Western-Japanese food, while others have feedback about the long waiting time and service.
This review is for Hoshino Coffee at Capitol Piazza, which is one of the most popular restaurants, in a rather sparse mall.
On its Facebook page are eighteen 5 and 4 star reviews, contrasted with eighteen 1-star review. My sense is, customers are expecting more from a Japanese branded café. I have been to Hoshino in Japan, and their service has the typical Japanese standard.
During a Friday evening, the wait for about 20 minutes to get in, and another 25-30 minutes for the food to arrive. On other days, the food came in about 15 minutes or so.
Hoshino at Capitol Piazza has similar offerings to its branch. Among some of my favourite to order include the Hoshino Pot-Baked Curry Rice ($15), Lobster Bisque Spaghetti ($16) and Tonkatsu Curry Rice ($17).
There are four items unique to the Capitol branch – The Mixed Pie Pizza ($15), Mushroom & Chicken Pie Pizza ($15), Mille Feuille style with Tiramisu ($15) and Mille-feuille style with Strawberry ($15).
The Pie Pizzas have a crusty buttery base, with cheesy toppings. While aesthetically it looked nothing like what the menu suggested, I was pleasantly surprised that the base stayed fluffy and puffy, despite moist creamy fillings.
I liked that there are side servings of minestrone soup, salad and wedges for a more complete meal.
The specialty dessert here happens to be a pastry based Mille Feuille, with cream sandwiched between two layers of puff pastries.
There is a lovely contrast of airy pastry with rich chocolaty flavours of the fillings and sauce, and something in the middle (which I shall leave to you to find out.)
As for common complaints of long waiting times and indifferent service, I am thankful I had none of those the three times dined there. In fact, the service staff was smiley and prompt.
By the way, Hoshino will be opening another branch at Ion Orchard.
Capitol Piazza #B2-55, 15 Stamford Road Singapore 178906 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6384 5131
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 10.30pm
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.