We were supposed to have lunch in the Boat Quay district but found that all the restaurants in Upper Circular Road were closed. This may be because today is Sunday and they’re only open to customers in the weekdays primarily targeting the workers in the nearby offices. So we scouted for places to eat until we reached Chinatown and had lunch in Han’s, alternatively.
A Hainanese family-owned business, Han’s started from a small food counter that has grown into one of the most recognized fast food chains here in Singapore today.
Check out Han Cafe’s website for the franchise locations. It was my first time to eat in this cafe, despite that I’ve passed by its outlets countless of times before. It’s not a pure vegetarian restaurant but is vegetarian-friendly, having more than 10 [Western] vegetarian dishes on the menu.
Usually, Han’s is always busy and crowded but this time, we were greeted with an airy sense of space and not so much of people. The restaurant was like divided into two sections: the bakery part selling cakes, bread and pastries and the ordering counter of set meals and à la carte fast food.
With playful combinations of red, orange and yellow, the place had an artsy interior. With dim lights everywhere, the venue was relaxing and sophisticated. We had a wide selection of seats; there were low sofas matched with round low coffee tables, long benches with rectangular tables and standard dining sets. Large ovens and the process of shaping their pastries from dough can be seen, as their live kitchen was transparent to the diners.
The lady cashier on the counter knows their food well and she could recommend and describe the dishes well, remembering the favorites of the regulars. The crew served the food immediately after we ordered from the counter and sat down. When we were done, she also took our plates fast.
I ordered a plate of spinach pine nuts pesto. The pasta was swimming in creamy pesto sauce made from a nice kick of well-blended spinach, crushed basil leaves, garlic, Parmesan cheese and olive oil. Served with toasted pine nuts on top, it also contained green and red bell peppers for more crunchiness. It tasted too “spinachy,” which was commendable but not so much tasty.
Price for value: ★★★☆☆
I thought food there in general are high-priced. The spinach pine nuts pesto costs S$9.80, excluding the 10-percent service charge. Water, whether in the form of ice cubes, tap form, or simply refill for tea, has a separate charge—which I hate.