Han's - A nostalgic institution

Han's is a much-loved household name in the Singapore dining scene, Its success dates back to 1977 when the popularity of the Han siblings' cakes amongst their friends inspired them to open a bakery along Upper Thomson Road. On my foodie parents' recommendations, I found myself at their largest cafe-cum-bakery restaurant (15,000 square feet), at Great Eastern Centre on Pickering Street. My mum used to work in the area and I thought visiting this outlet with my parents would fill them with a sense of heartwarming nostalgia. As Han's began its existence way before I was born, I thought paying them a visit with my parents would be a good way to contribute to the memory project.

Mushroom soup of the day at Hans
Left to right: Teh-Si, Mushroom Soup, Garlic bread
No meal at Han's is complete without Teh-Si or Tea with Evaporated milk (S$1.70). It tasted really pure and wholesome; I think it's one of the best teas I've ever had.

We also had some Mushroom Soup and garlic bread. Alas, the soup was really sour and tasted straight from a can.

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The garlic bread was (literally) hard to bite into, let alone chew. It felt more like biscotti than bread, though dipping it into the soup did soften it a little.

Chicken Chop (Set) — S$12.80

hans chicken chop set

I loved that the potatoes came in wedges rather than fries. Furthermore, the meat was lean and tender, giving rise to a commendable texture. However, the vegetables tasted really raw and were difficult to chew — my jaws got tired after a while.

hans chicken chop set

While I initially felt they were stingy with the sauce, I was later glad they went easy on it because it was excessively salty. Overall, I would recommend going for something else.

Grilled Dory (Set) — S$9.80

hans grilled dory set
Grilled Dory topped with garlic

Fresh dory fish is difficult to find these days. Liven up its flavours with a spritz of lemon (each serving generously comes with half a lemon rather than the usual slice!!) The fish had a soft and pillowy texture, and the portion was sufficiently satisfying. I couldn't help but notice that the vegetables took up 50% of the plate's surface area! This should appease workers in the area pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

Service at Han's was iffy — no major mistakes but don't expect a warm welcome. The Han's dining experience is built upon functionality rather than frills, and is probably best-suited for quick, casual gatherings with friends and colleagues. Certainly no intimate dates or formal gatherings as the atmosphere is nothing too fanciful and the food is, frankly, below average.

The Tasty Town outlet, Han's (F&B) Pte Ltd
1 Pickering St, #01-03
Great Eastern Centre, S(048659)
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 07:00 - 22:00
Han's - A nostalgic institution Han's - A nostalgic institution Reviewed by Littletinysun on 9:09:00 PM Rating: 5

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