HATTENDO Cafe – Cream of the Crop from Lovely Japan
Some of you might have caught sight of a HATTENDO booth at the Food Fest held at Takashimaya Square B2 and simply can’t wait to get your hands on one of their buns. Hiroshima’s hero puts meticulous effort and thought into ensuring that each mouthful is filled with a burst of joy. Let HATTENDO Cafe satisfy you with 5 delicious flavours of cream buns going at $2.50 each – Azuki Beans, Chocolate, Matcha and of course, their signature flavours – Whipped Cream as well as Custard Cream.
Kaoru Morimitsu, the founder of HATTENDO, opened the first store over 80 years ago. He wanted to cheer the Japanese up with sweet and delicious Japanese confectionery amidst the nation’s worst crisis. Similarly, HATTENDO Singapore hopes to bring that happiness to you right here at Tanjong Pagar Centre.
The pillowy-soft bun encases an airy and velvety smooth custard cream – I bet you can’t resist stuffing another and another into your mouth, just like me(oops guilty as charged). Starting off with the classic Custard Cream Bun, the filling was slightly sweet with milky undertones; definitely nothing too rich. Don’t mix up the Custard Cream Bun with the almost identical-looking Whipped Cream Bun, which actually appears more whitish in colour. If you love the subtle flavours of fragrant butter, the Whipped Cream Bun was literally made for you. Both are the most popular flavours of HATTENDO Cafe, and without a doubt, deliver what they promise.
Let’s move on to other renditions, shall we? Honestly, I wish I could pick my favourite to share with you, but I actually adored all of them. All of them will spark off a creamy explosion in your mouth with their delightful filling packed within. The little touch of sweetness in every bun will please all ages. After chomping down those buns, don’t forget to lick off the leftover cream on your lips!
Buns aside, I’ve got no huns but just good news for salad lovers out there! Personally, I’m one who would gladly choose proteins over salads any day, but nevertheless, this salad was probably one of the better ones which I will willingly trade my meats for once in a while. There are 3 mouth-watering Mason Jar Salads ($7) to choose from – Green, Vitamin and Stamina. In addition, you may like to top up $3 for a serving of salmon or chicken. Let’s not overlook the fact that they offer unlimited handmade croutons available in Plain, Garlic and Cheese flavours.
The casual yet elegant Japanese vibes of the cafe further enhanced my dining experience at HATTENDO Cafe. Not to forget, as expected of the efficiency of the Japanese, the queue system allows customers to pick up their order when their ticket number flashes on the screen. As we welcome HATTENDO Cafe into the community of Japan confectioneries here, let’s enjoy a taste of Japan’s pastries that have been mastered to perfection.
Address: Tanjong Pagar Centre, #01-05, 7 Wallich Street, Singapore 078884
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm. Sat-Sun, 11am-8pm.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
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