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Mooncake season is upon us and Starbucks has launched a handful of mini mooncakes that can be purchased individually or in a box. Out of the flavours available, the Honey Earl Grey seemed the most innovative and unique. It’s quite pricey at $5 for a small mooncake, but it’s 1) Starbucks and 2) mooncake festival, so 🤷‍♀️

Upon cutting into the mooncake, we found it was really sticky inside. I suggest taking the mooncake out of the plastic base to cut so you can get clean slices. Now this mooncake is really fragrant. The Earl Grey aroma hits you early and is so enticing, we almost forgot to take a bite. It’s the middle portion of the mooncake that’s really concentrated with Earl Grey, and it goes so well with the rest of the sweet lotus paste. Overall, this mooncake was delicious, and I think it’d make a good gift for friends and family, but probably not something I’d buy for myself at this price point.

Another win in my book from Starbucks! I love chocolate and bananas, and Starbucks has combined both of these effortlessly in this decadent dessert.

There’s a few layers to this dessert - chocolate sponge, banana mousse, chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, and even some sliced bananas. They’re all impeccably done as the cake is moist and easy to cut through with a fork. I recommend eating all the layers together as the dark chocolate balances the sweetness from the mousse cream, and you can better appreciate the complementary banana and chocolate combination. We shared this among three people so we didn’t feel jelak, but if you’re not a big fan of cream or mousse textures, considering sharing rather than getting a whole slice to yourself, however tempting that might be!

Consistently good at this outlet, where the matcha to milk to espresso ratio is quite even and the baristas are all quite friendly and happy to serve. I’ll always recommend this drink for those who love matcha and coffee, or want a pretty drink to Instagram.

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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A very filling breakfast comprising of a 4 egg omelette, fruits, home fries and bread. There’s nothing particularly fancy about this, but it’s all the good stuff combined into one massive omelette. The Cheddar was nicely melted into the omelette, but it does tend to harden into globs that aren’t the easiest to cut or eat. Best to finish this omelette while it’s hot!

Seems like the KR outlet consistently serves matcha-dominant Matcha Espresso Fusions since this is the second time I’ve had it like this. Great news for matcha lovers needing a caffeine fix!

Still my go-to drink at Starbucks. Unlike other Starbucks drinks, the Matcha Espresso Fusion tends to be the most variable and outlet/barista-dependent. Found the espresso much stronger here than the ones I’ve tried at other outlets. I wish there was a stronger matcha taste to counterbalance the espresso in this cup but this was certainly good for an afternoon caffeine shot.

Always makes me happy to visit a Starbucks where the baristas are cheerful, welcoming and leave a smiley on my cup. It’s these little things that matter (although this is the very first time my name got misspelled ever).

The matcha espresso fusion here was not as skilfully made as the milk layer wasn’t as distinct, and the matcha taste was a little muted. The espresso was stronger in this cup as compared to other ones I’ve had, but overall a very enjoyable beverage still.

This is my new go-to drink at Starbucks and this time I made it even more fancy by asking for coconut milk for extra fragrance (+$0.80). I was so surprised by how thick the matcha layer from the Starbucks outlet here was. It’s such a deep green and the layer is much thicker than I’ve seen anywhere else. Usually I get a brownish mixture after mixing all the components together but this time I ended up with a dirty green mixture instead which tasted amazing! The matcha layer is sweetened, so you do have to mix it before enjoying the beverage. Unlike my other cups of matcha espresso fusions, this one tasted predominantly of matcha from start to end, with a hint of espresso to keep every sip interesting. I’m not sure if this was outlet or barista-specific, but if I get this quality of matcha thickness consistently from this outlet, I’m definitely going to visit more often!

This tri-layered drink is perhaps the prettiest beverage on the Starbucks regular menu. Apart from how gorgeous this contrasting green, white and brown drink is, it’s also really delicious. Whoever thought of putting matcha and espresso together is a true genius. Be sure to mix up everything before drinking, as the matcha layer is much sweeter than everything else as it has to be dense to get those separate layers. I love the combination of earthy matcha, with the roasted coffee aroma, plus some milkiness to blend them and pull the flavours together. This is possibly my new favourite drink from Starbucks - wish I’d tried it sooner!

Another seasonal item on the Starbucks menu just launched yesterday. A Grande goes for $9.10, but thanks to the Foodpanda promotion, we got it for 50% off at $4.55. I don’t think this drink has ever come to Singapore before. The Yuzu Honey Jelly Yoghurt Frappuccino is a blend of tangy yogurt, Yuzu Honey sauce, milk and ice with citrusy Yuzu jelly and Yuzu Honey sauce.

Sounds good?

To be honest, it did. And it’s a pretty drink with its pastel yellow hues and layers. But one sip into this and I pretty much recoiled from the sweetness. There’s no tang in the yogurt at all, and everything else in the mixture just adds more sugar to the drink. It’s a pity though, because the Yuzu jelly was quite nice but I couldn’t taste much of it because my tastebuds were overwhelmed by the rest of the drink. You might like it if you’re a sugar addict, but I personally wouldn’t order this again unless I dropped the sugar level to 0.1% or something.

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Always biding my time to my next meal. Everything in between just serves to kill time.

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