With much anticipation, Omotesando Koffee has opened its door in Singapore at Downtown Gallery, Shenton Way.
Must say this is quite a delayed opening since news first got out.
Being a loyal follower of their artisanal coffee, I could not help but to contain my excitement as I laid my hands on a cuppa Omotesando branded koffee.
Originated from Tokyo, the chic coffee stall first started off as a pop-up concept in the quaint neighborhood of Omotesando Hills.
The coffee place propelled to fame, thanks to its minimal wooden vibes and distinctive ‘koffee culture’ which garnered much visitorship from coffee fanatics around the world.
(Taken in Omotesando Koffee Japan)
Its closure was then announced in 2015 when the building was set to be torn down. This then led founder Eiichi Kunitomo to expand its operations into Hong Kong, partnered with Russell Stradmoor.
(Taken in Omotesando Koffee Hong Kong)
While retaining its quality and spirit of the original store, the Hong Kong outpost took up a more modernized style, but with expanded a dine-in area to cater to the demand.
Back in Singapore, we have only got a take away store tucked away in a corner of Level 4 of Downtown Gallery as part of office space “The Work Project”, but that did not hider coffee fans from finding their way to this secluded part of building.
Over here, the menu is kept simple with Hot or Iced selections.
Hot coffee include espresso based Omotesando Koffee Hot (Regular $4, Large $5), Hand Drip Koffee ($6) Latte and Cappuccino (Regular $4.80, Large $6).
One positive impression of their Café Latte was that it was served warm, but not scorching hot.
The temperature was just right and suitable for drinking upon being served – a point which many coffee providers often missed out.
The iced selections here come with choices of 12-steeped Cold Brew ($7), Iced Matcha Latte ($7) and Iced Matcha Cappuccino ($7.50).
One can expect to find their signature Iced Cappuccino (Single $7.50, Double $8.50) capped with layer of bubble foam and topped with cocoa powder.
For sweet tooth, you can opt for the Iced Mocha ($6.80) that comes with a thick layer of chocolate coating on the interior of the cup.
I love their coffee for being well-balanced and smooth to palate. Milky but can still taste distinctive coffee notes.
For now, they are focusing on the drinks and food items such as their signature Custard Cubes will slowly be added on to the menu.
With coffee competitors such as Lunar Coffee and 6oz Espresso already established their presence in the vicinity, Omotesando Koffee may have to tap on their international branding as well as reputation to be sustainable in the long run.
That said, I enjoyed my cup of Omotesando branded koffee, and am happily in a koffee koma.
6A Shenton Way #04-01, The Work Project, Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon to Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
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* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.