“An intimate and humble space built to share specialty coffee and simple comfort food.”
Old Hen Coffee Bar is a cafe that’s situated along Rangoon Road. The name itself is quite interesting, as it means something somewhat offensive when translated to Hokkien; one of the many dialects common in Singapore. Old Hen Coffee Bar is helmed by three guys, Terry, Ivan and Mason and is quite well known for their signature cold brews.
Inside the cafe.
A look outside from the inside. (Much abstract.)
The whole look of Old Hen is geared towards simplicity yet somewhat industrial. The whole palette of the place is mostly grey, with walls that somewhat look unfinished. One interesting that I noticed was how the hanging lamps of the cafe made used of dissected fans. The place is also not particularly big, with only a few seats & bar stools. One great thing about Old Hen is how quiet the area is, including the atmosphere of the cafe, which made it a fantastic spot to hang out with a cold brew.
Some desserts at the counter. (Which I was told were from suppliers.)
Drinks menu of Old Hen.
Small food menu of Old Hen Coffee Bar.
The food menu at Old Hen Coffee Bar is actually quite limited, with only a few options to choose from. Of course, what they lack in quantity, they make up for in quality. The food here is not only unique but also carefully crafted behind the counter. Along with their few food items, they also offer a selection of desserts. (Which were mostly supplied from Kreme Couture.)
Prices here are quite low, which made things easy on the wallet. No GST nor service fees here either.
Valrhona Chocolate ($5)
As always, my friend ordered a chocolate. Unfortunately for him, I mistaking ordered a hot chocolate instead of an iced. (Whoops.)
Either way, he mentioned that it was pretty nice.
White Cold Brew ($6.50)
Their Black Cold Brew was unavailable that day, hence I settled for white. Old Hen is known for their awesome cold brews, which made it a no-brainer to try at least one of them.
I can attest to all the positive reviews that I’ve seen for their brew. It was really really good. (And coming from a non-coffee connoisseur, that obviously means something.) Recommended.
Smoked Salmon & Apple Toast ($8.50)
I’ve never thought that smoked salmon could have worked so well with apples on toast. This was not only one of the more unique dishes I’ve come across, but it tasted fantastic as well. The sweetness of the apples balanced the slight saltiness of the salmon. Superb.
Chicken Cheese Burrito ($9)
My friend decided to go for the burrito. (He usually goes for something safe & predictable.)
Nonetheless, he said that he was quite delicious. I myself gave it a try & thought it was great too.
Homemade Waffles ($9)
Greek Yoghurt, Apple Compote, Pistachios, Salted Caramel Sauce
Having tried soooo many waffles in my lifetime, I was quite weary of ordering waffles again.
I took one bite of the homemade waffles here and was immediately blown away. It was THAT good. The waffles were soft & the apple compote was complemented by the salted caramel sauce. Simply divine.
I actually find that the waffles here were quite similar to the one from Assembly Coffee.
Panna Cotta ($5)
Vanilla Milk Pudding, Chocolate Sauce, Salted Caramel Popcorn
I’ve actually seen this on Instagram prior to my visit, and it was one of the things that I had planned to try.
For me, it made more sense to try their own-made desserts here especially since the ones at the counter were from suppliers. (In-house made triumphs supplied desserts any day.)
While the amount of pudding was quite little, it tasted quite heavenly as it was really smooth, with a nice hint of vanilla. I could tell that the salted caramel popcorn was fresh as well.
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Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Even though I have only been to Old Hen Coffee Bar once, it is starting to become one of my favourite cafes in Singapore. The place is fantastic, with a quiet environment & food that is unpretentious and delicious, yet extremely affordable. I felt really comfortable while dining here, which is more than I can say for the horde of cafes around these parts.
OLD HEN COFFEE BAR
88 Rangoon Road, #01-03, Singapore 218374
(Nearest train station: Farrer Park)
Contact: 6341 5458
Mon: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed – Fri: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm