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Surprise coffee delivery from a colleague mid-afternoon! We didn’t even know that NTUC has opened in VivoCity already, much less that Tiong Hoe had also opened an outlet within.

Service was apparently very slow, as the three baristas were visited by many friends and were more concerned about being photographed than making the drinks. Our colleague lamented that it took more than 20 minutes to receive these two drinks although there was no one queueing ahead of her. In addition, the cups were very light and only approximately 2/3 full. Hmm. (Edit: apparently they serve 6oz of coffee in a 8oz takeaway cup. What’s the rationale for that I’m not sure, but if they specifically state that in their menu, then ok.)

All these aside, I was excited to finally try Tiong Hoe. I would have to say their coffee is indeed very aromatic with a full bodied roast. Note that the addition of oat milk into the cappuccino introduced a fair bit of acidity into the drink, but that’s up to personal preference.

Overall, I’m not that impressed after hearing my colleague’s experience when ordering and feeling how “not-full” the cups were. Well, at least we got to try Tiong Hoe.

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Just how pretty is this cake?! Starbucks has seriously outdone themselves this time with their take on our childhood snack - the iconic ice cream sandwich. Available in both ‘wafer’ and ‘bread’ form, the cookies and cream variant is modelled after the latter.

This cheesecake sure got a lot of us in the office fooled as a bona fide ice cream sandwich that “didn’t melt” (?!). We oohed and aahed over the gorgeous rainbow sponge, and how pretty the combination went with the cookies and cream with a brown wafer in the center.

So this definitely aced the appearance test but how did it taste? The sponge cake was soft and delightful, while the texture and taste of the cheesecake was a little on the creamy rather than cheesy side. I did find it too sweet for my liking, but I appreciated the generous and larger pockets of crushed cookies in the cream mixture as compared to other cookies and cream desserts. It’s definitely better to eat all the layers together rather than separately, and I really enjoyed the crispy wafer in the middle as a texture and taste contrast. Overall I wish that there’d have been more of a cheesecake taste and texture, but this was actually a really good attempt at mimicking an ice cream sandwich! Well done, Starbucks Singapore!

What do you do when you want to try everything on the new Starbucks menu? Enlist the help of your colleagues. Here we tried the Shiokaccino, the Pure Matcha Tea Latte (Hot), the Matcha Blended Cream and the Double Ristretto Coffee Blended Cream along with the Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Sandwich.

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Actually wanted the matcha soba set but they’d run out for the day, so I chose the Beef mazesoba which comes with cold soba noodles, slices of beef shabu, shimeji mushrooms, and a chilli oil dipping sauce with a soft boiled egg. The server instructed me to pour the sauce into the noodles, but I wouldn’t recommend this as it dilutes the sauce too much and the soba doesnt absorb the flavours. I found it better to dip the soba into the sauce. This resulted in a better coating of the noodles. Surprisingly, the sauce was actually spicier than I would’ve thought as there didn’t look to be much chilli oil in it. The soba noodles were a tad undercooked as they were hard, but it didn’t bother me that much after I dipped them in the sauce. The beef shabu was tender and yummy, but the amount given was very little. Overall, I think the ingredient to noodle ratio needs to be improved. I probably wouldn’t order this again as there are other tastier dishes on the menu, and better mazesobas in other local eateries.

This chai latte could have used more spices as it wasn’t very fragrant. Also not much coffee in there. Despite the lovely texture of the latte, the taste was lacking. A regular latte might’ve been a better choice.

The balance of sweetness and saltiness in this cup was pretty good! Also like how creamy the latte is. However, this is more of a sweet treat than a caffeine fix. Worth picking up if you’re at Bread Yard but no need to travel all the way down for this.

The rosemary chicken was tender, but tasted quite plain, it could’ve done better with more herbs and seasoning. Probably the healthiest choice out of the three sandwiches we had (cheesesteak and roasted chicken), so consider this if you’re counting calories.

Juicy beef steak, cheese and generous bbq sauce layered on Bread Yard’s sourdough make for an indulgent lunch sandwich. If you’re watching your diet, this might be a sandwich to share with a friend just for a little treat.

Basic but yummy sandwich on Bread Yard’s in-house baked soft ciabatta bread. The sandwich held together well and the chicken was quite tender and nicely seasoned. I also appreciated the good amount of greens in the sandwich, as well as the side of salad for a balanced meal. Overall quite expensive for a sandwich at $12, but at least it was not bad.

The balance of sweetness and saltiness in this cup was pretty good! Also like how creamy the latte is. However, this is more of a sweet treat than a caffeine fix. Worth picking up if you’re at Bread Yard but no need to travel all the way down for this.

This chai latte could have used more spices as it wasn’t very fragrant. Also not much coffee in there. Despite the lovely texture of the latte, the taste was lacking. A regular latte might’ve been a better choice.

The Osminthus tea was very light and didn’t have much taste even after steeping for more than 10 minutes. The Kabuse Genmaicha was slightly more aromatic. Overall though, these teas were way too light for my tastes. I wouldn’t recommend ordering them, but we got them with the Burpple 1-for-1 deal with ice cream and pastry so it wasn’t too bad overall. Maybe go for a different beverage on the menu like the Gryphon teas to make the deal more worth it.