Sunday, August 19, 2018
(CLOSED)Two Hana - This New Cafe in Century Square Promises Tasty Korean-Western Fare!
Seoul Garden Group opened not just one, but two concepts in the new Century Square! Melding Korean flavours with Western influences, the group has outdone themselves with the launch of Seoul in a Sandwich, and Two Hana. Two Hana secured a really prime location in the mall, and has proven to be exceedingly popular even during off-peak hours.
The Iced Chocolate Hojicha Latte($7) and Iced Matcha Latte($6) are topped with whipped cream, rice crispies and burgeoppang. The beverages, which delivered in both the taste and aesthetics department, weren't cloying at all. If you're in need of a icy cold drink to beat the heat, you might want to consider their spritzers.
The Korean Cauliflower Fritters ($9) sees fresh cauliflower, which has been coated in a tempura batter, take a trip to the deep-fryer, before being given a jacket of dakgangjeong sauce. If you'll like a crunchy vegetarian dish to share, this or the Kimchi Mac & Cheese($9) is a good option. Bite into the crisp thin skin of the rounded cube to find kimchi bits and macaroni wrapped in cheese and a bechamel mix. Fried upon order, the fried parcels taste best with Two Hana's housemade chilli sauce.
Salads are meant to be healthier, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be yummy! Two Hana's Korean Slaw Salad ($9) is a delightful ensemble of fresh arugula, cabbage, pear, mandarin orange, citron jam, yogurt, raisins, almond, and shaved parmesan. A carnivore who steers clear of vegetables, I only dug into the fruits, and nuts so it's hard for me to comment on this dish, but my dining partners rated it highly!
A tomato-based cream soup filled generously with mussels, clams, and prawns, the Korean Seafood Ciopinno($12) is a comforting creation that is served with tofu or 2 Two Hana soft rolls. Sufficiently creamy, and surprisingly addictive, the soup had me reaching for more. Don't be fooled if you're thinking of having this just as an appetizer, as it will make a filling lunch option!
I'm not a fan of chicken, so I typically will not pick a chicken dish, much less a chicken pasta. However, the Creamt Chicken Bulgogi Linguine($12) is an absolute must-order at Two Hana. Al dente pasta in a creamy sauce that is of the right thickness, richness, and consistency, slices of tender bulgogi chicken strips, a sprinkle of seaweed, some shiitake mushrooms, and an onsen egg — what's not to love? I gotta admit that I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it was, especially when it didn't look exceptionally enticing.
Piled with kimchi, caramelised onions, spinach and beansprout namul, and seared striploin slices, the Striploin Bab($13) is probably one of the most popular items here. Unfortunately, the bowl looked better than it tasted.The beef was quite tough and dry, while the flavours of the dish weren't really complementary. The portion was definitely generous, given its very affordable price point, but the dish could definitely use some work.
The Gochujang Lamb Shank($24) may be the priciest item on the menu, but it certainly warrants a try. The more than generous portion means that 2 people can share this dish comfortably. Not only was the lamb shank huge, it comes with kimchi mashed potato and 2 soft rolls. As much as possible, I try not to take lamb, largely because I don't like the smell and taste of it. Interestingly, the lamb shank at Two Hana was really tender, and void of that distinct lamb taste. I happily gobbled up a fair portion of the lamb, and mashed potato!
In need of a little sweet treat to complete your meal? Go for the Hojicha Pudding($5). Built with fresh strawberries, blueberries, pound cake, buckwheat puffs and whipped cream, the creamy and smooth pudding will capture your attention, and maybe your heart, with its lovely tea fragrance.
Everyone loves waffles, right? The Apple Caramel Waffles with Doenjang Caramel Icecream($9) will be well received by those who prefer a richer dessert, while the Strawberry Waffles with Honey Citron Icecream($9) will cater to those who prefer fruitier and more refreshing flavours.
Two Hana has exceeded expectations. It isn't one of those run-of-the-mill cafes in a shopping mall. Using Allpress beans, and a La Marzocco, Two Hana makes sure that the coffee is yummy too, on top of dishing out quality fare. It's no surprise that the relatively new cafe is so popular!
2 Tampines Central 5, #01-21
Daily : 8am - 10pm