34 Keong Saik Road
Singapore 089141

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12:00pm - 09:30pm

12:00pm - 09:30pm

12:00pm - 09:30pm

12:00pm - 09:30pm

12:00pm - 09:30pm

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Ideal for a quiet cup of tea, Muse Initiative by Hvala at Keong Saik is a lovely space - a quaint Japanese Teahouse. Armed with a cup of their Iced Genmaicha Latte ($6.80), I enjoyed the slight frothy top of the concoction. The drink was not too sweet but loaded with a really pleasant nutty and roasted flavour. The crunchy brown rice puffs also added some fun textures and an extra dose of toasty aroma.

As for the popular Matcha Hojicha Latte [$5.80 (hot) / $6.80 (iced)], the blend was a little sweeter in comparison. With a shot of freshly-whisked matcha layered onto fresh milk, the concoction was smooth and full-bodied. The bitterness of the matcha was distinct yet mild. Thus, this is one for those that dislike the overwhelming vegetal taste of the tea. Noting that the flavour from their house-made hojicha syrup was also rather subtle.

What better way to unwind than pairing Hvala's signature drinks with their cakes?! Late to the game, it was my first time having their Goma cake ($8.80). Hence, not really knowing what to expect, I found it a tad dense as I presumed it to be fluffier. The chiffon sponge was decent but the layers of goma cream made it heftier in a sense. The taste of black sesame could be more pronounced in my opinion as well. However, the earthiness was distinct, the flavour was nicely balanced and it wasn’t cloying at all. Still a really good slice of cake!

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Hvala at Keong Saik has been revamped to be MUSE Initiative by Hvala. While I don’t know much about the difference, they do seem to have different specialties, and at the same time lacking the usuals. I went for an iced matcha Hojicha latte as they told me that the frappe version was not available there - and if i wanted that I would have to walk about 200m down to Craig Rd for the ‘normal’ Hvala. So I settled for the ice. It tastes great, but I still preferred the creamy texture the frappe gives. This iced latte was strong and authentic at the same time. Though priced at $6.80 on the menu, I was charged $7.20+, presumably because I took away. Surprising to have surcharge when I am not dining in😩


apparently the most intense gelato Hvala has ever created, this Matcha 10 ($10.80) has more than 3x more matcha in their regular Matcha 3. it’s superrrrrr gao so sharing is advised for maximum enjoyment!

there’s also hojicha crumbs at the bottom but it just tastes like cacao nibs…

😌Had such a zen time at Hvala’s latest Keong Saik outlet, which exclusively uses vegan-friendly ingredients that excludes egg, dairy and animal-related products.

🧇Featuring Hvala’s Dairy-Free Waffles (made with oatmilk instead of the usual butter and fresh milk) drizzled with maple syrup, topped with a scoop of matcha gelato and finished off with fresh genmai (toasted rice)[$11.80].

💬Really love how the waffles were done to perfection - so airy inside and crisp on the outside. It was really fragrant too! We had the one-degree matcha gelato, and felt it was not strong enough for our preference and we should have gone for the two-degree option (pardon us as we’re heavy coffee drinkers😂).

📍Hvala Keong Saik
34 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089141
🕰Opening Hours: 12pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)

Hvala just released a limited edition new flavour with 3x more matcha powder than their regular matcha °3. Overall, the scoop was smooth and creamy, at a matcha intensity that met our expectations of being “gao” without being too astringent. It was served atop hojicha crumble that provided an enjoyable textural contrast, although having it only at the bottom resulted in a dry finish. Perhaps some sprinkling on top/ in the middle might have worked better! Additionally, we found one cup distinctively more creamy than the other which was more icy.

So the most important question... is it worth $12.70 with GST? Definitely on the pricier side but perhaps still worth a try, especially if you’re a hardcore matcha fan like us. It still isn’t close to our favourite tsujiri honten, but given that this Japanese pop up is not returning anytime soon, this is a decent substitute for intense matcha cravings 🙂

⚠️ Available for a limited time only. The staff couldn’t give clear indications of when this ends, but it’ll be around for the next few weeks at least ☺️

📍@muse_initiative, @hvala_sg, 34 Keong Saik Road, Singapore

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