When asked for coffee recommendations in Singapore, many would mention Old Hen Coffee Bar. So off I went, and here’s my take about the famous cafe and its Creamy White Cold Brew Coffee.
My friend, Edward and I headed to Old Hen Coffee Bar at Owen Road. It’s a newer cafe, which has a bigger space and a kitchen menu. Sadly, we were there only for the coffee.
Ed is a regular. When I saw him chatting with the brothers who run Old Hen Coffee Bar, I was reminded of Melbourne and its friendly people, which I really love. I like the concept of a bar where anyone could just enjoy coffee, meet new people, have interesting conversations, forget whatever’s stressing them and get drunk on happiness.
So yes, Old Hen Coffee Bar left a good impression to me. Not only the staff are friendly and approachable, the ambience is also cozy. We were there for hours without even realising.
Old Hen Coffee Bar Specialty
As I mentioned earlier, I visited Old Hen Coffee Bar particularly for its signature cold brew coffee. Would really love to come back to try their Melbourne inspired Breakfast Plate ($18.50) with my choice of poached eggs, chorizo and potato and bacon croquette. The beer battered Halibut Fish & Chips ($18) with peach salsa and sweet relish tartar sounds like Melbourne, too. Oh, did I tell you about their stunning Panna Cotta ($8)?
They have Cold Matcha Milk ($7) too for matcha lovers, which is something Ed recommended instead of the Creamy White Cold Brew Coffee ($6.50). He was worried that I, a black coffee drinker and a matcha lover, would dislike the Creamy White Cold Brew Coffee. I was doubtful myself to be honest, but curiosity got the best of me.
What Could Be Improved
Well, he was right. I should have gone with their Black Cold Brew ($6) or Cold Dark Cocoa ($6.50). Old Hen Coffee Bar’s Creamy White Cold Brew Coffee is too creamy and white for my preference. I didn’t sign up for Starbucks bottled coffee off the shelf but it felt like I got just that.
It’s still better than Starbucks bottled coffee. But it’s still a pity, you know? A decent blend of 50% Brazilian and 50% Colombian by Nylon Roasters, highly recognised in Singapore is wasted. You can definitely find better quality coffee for the price.
The highlight of my visit is the side dish, Truffle Fries ($9). I love truffle fries and they serve a decent one. Old Hen Coffee Bar also serves Chilli Crab Fries ($12). Chilli Crab is a famous Singapore dish so you could enjoy an authentic local experience with your coffee. Heard Old Hen Coffee Bar is generous with their serving of crab meat and chilli crab sauce. Highly recommended for spicy food lovers.
So.. What do you think? Does Old Hen Coffee Bar sounds like something you’d love to try? Let me know your experience if you have been there, too. And if you like the review, pin it below.
Food: 3 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Value: 3 out of 5
Ambience: 3 out of 5
Overall score: 3 out of 5
Old Hen Coffee Bar
Address: 127 Owen Road, Singapore
Contact: +65 6291 0632
Opening Hours: Mon (12PM to 9PM), Wed – Fri (12PM to 9PM), Sat – Sun (10AM to 6.30PM)
Till next time, city walkers!