Omotesando Koffee, the popular coffee brand from Japan, has come to Singapore.
Omotesando Koffee first started out as a year-long pop-up store in the Omotesando neighbourhood of Tokyo. The quaint takeaway coffee stall soon gained a massive following for its artisanal brews. Despite the massive support it received, the cafe closed down, since the building that housed it got torn down.
Earlier in 2017, though, the much-lauded coffee stall reopened in Shibuya. It has since expanded to other parts of Japan, Hong Kong and now, Singapore. Of course, seeing how Singaporeans are crazy about the latest coffee trends, it was only a matter of time.
Omotesando Koffee’s first and only Singapore outlet is located at co-working space The Work Project, which is housed in OUE Downtown Gallery. Little wonder why the place was flooded with office workers when we visited them recently.
The menu is split simply into hot and iced drinks. On the recommendation of their barisa/store manager, we gave the Iced Mochaccino ($7.50) and Regular Cafe Latte ($4.80) a try.
The cafe latte was recommended for a more balanced taste. Made with just one shot of espresso derived from a blend of six dark roast beans, the latte had a nutty flavour with a subtle citrusy undertone. The flavour was well-balanced, neither too sweet nor too sour, and the latte also boasted a smooth and milky texture. Another thing we greatly appreciate is its temperature – it’s warm enough to drink on the spot without the fear of acquiring a burnt tongue. So, did we like it? You bet!
Next, we tried their Iced Mochaccino (iced cappuccino with chocolate syrup). The first thing you’ll notice about this drink is its huge foam bubbles topped with chocolate powder. As the chocolate powder and chocolate sauce lining the cup is stirred in, the drink gradually becomes sweeter. The mochaccino is accompanied by the same smooth and milky texture, and you’ll be pleased to know that you won’t find any chunks of ice invading your mouth anytime soon. The beverage is prepared with just enough ice to be refreshingly cold, but not icy.
Service-wise, Omotesando Koffee does try to personalise the experience, with baristas writing down your name on the receipt of every order. They’re also more than willing to help you tailor your drinks to your preferences. Barista-manager Shermaine mentioned that the franchise espouses a philosophy of interacting with customers on top of serving excellent coffee, and indeed, the baristas were warm and chatty to customers during our visit.
Omotesando Koffee is your perfect go-to kiosk if you’re working around the area and looking for some takeaway coffee. We say Omotesando’s caffeinated treasures are definitely some of the better ones we’ve tried, but we’re not sure they’re worth queuing up 45 minutes for. We recommend you going during off-peak hours, or better, when the hype has died down a little.
Address: Level 4, 6a Shenton Way Singapore 068809
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm