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Happy Lemon

Happy Lemon Hot

 
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#B4-35 ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801
 
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Is it still in Singapore?

Is Happy Lemon still in Singapore? Please tell me it is, and that it's not true that I have to go to Bangkok for my Happy Lemon fix.

I love the Rock Salt Cheese series from this place. It's the best, seriously. They have it with green tea and with cocoa. Both are good, depending on your mood - get cocoa if you want something sweeter and green tea if otherwise.

Sea salt is a pretty popular ingredient nowadays and people are adding it in all sorts of things - I think sharetea also had a variation of this drink with either the cheese or the salt or something? But anyway, I tried it and it's nowhere as good. Rock Salt Cheese from Happy Lemon is still my favourite drink ever.

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Utterly disappointing

Having tried and feeling satisfied with Happy Lemon in Shanghai, I was glad to know that I could continue my Happy Lemon addiction after returning to Singapore. Perhaps it was my mistake for ordering a milk tea product from Happy Lemon, whereby they obviously specialize in lemon drinks, but it doesn't give the shop any excuse to sell milk tea that pales so far in comparison with their lemon drinks.

Their 'Milk Tea With Pearls' was completely disappointing. I certainly would not have paid $2.50 for it had I known that it would taste so unsatisfactory. It was a basic bubble tea drink and they just could not get it right. Additionally, more than half the cup was filled with ice. It should be called 'Ice with Milk Tea & Pearls' instead.

The standards of Happy Lemon in Singapore is a far cry from the stores in Shanghai. I may give their lemon drinks a try in the future, but I hope to see an improvement on their milk-based drinks.

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2
Branch Location:
Ion Orchard
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Has to up its game

I personally like the Green Tea with Rock Salt Cheese flavour the most as I think its a really unique flavour and I really like the cheese taste. However, similar to some of the reviewers below, I do not think it is worth its value for money.

Firstly, there is too much ice. I can't even begin to say how cheated I felt when I finished my drink in 15 minutes and realised that my cup was only heavy because of the ice. Next, with so much ice and so little drink, it definitely is not worth $3.50.

I honestly think Happy Lemon is able to compete with Gong Cha and Koi because I think its flavours are really unique and delicious. However, it is too stingy and too expensive. Gong Cha and Koi average $2.50 on most of their drinks, so Happy Lemon definitely has to up its game.

I wouldn't mind paying $3.50 for my Happy Lemon if I did not have half the cup filled with ice.

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Unique concoctions

Happy Lemon stands out in terms of the unique concoctions it produces. They have the Rock Salt series which had me hesitant to try. However, I did order a Green Tea with Rock Salt Cheese and I must say that the delicate balancing of salt, cheese and green tea flavours turned out to be really tasty. I tried the boring milk tea with pudding and I loved it; the milk tea and pudding were delicious.

Although the tea is not as fragrant as Koi's, I would still purchase from Happy Lemon if I wanted pudding/jelly in my bubble tea. They have a range of jellies that one can choose from.

Service wise, the branch at Ion always has friendly staff.

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7
Best Part:
puddings/jellies
Branch Location:
Ion
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Not good.

The bubble tea here is pricey and not as good as the other bubble tea outlets in Singapore. I was slightly short of money last week and decided to get the cheapest drink which was about $2.40. It was a lemon iced tea and adding pearls would have cost me additional money. There was barely a queue but the service was poor and slow.

After about a ten minutes wait, my drink was finally ready. It tasted too sweet and contained so much ice. It was definitely not worth it. My friend went for the matcha green tea drink, which she got for about 4 dollars (which is really pricey for a small cup). The drink she got was not fantastic either and she found it sickeningly sweet. I would definitely not return here for a second trip.

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(Updated: December 13, 2012)

Wholly unsatisfactory.

I suppose Happy Lemon strives to bring happiness to its consumers but unfortunately it made me quite unhappy.

I ordered a classic Pearl Milk Tea ($2.40), an extremely simple drink to make and quite hard to go wrong with. However, not only was the milk tea expensive (note that its cup is comparatively smaller than KOI’s or Gong Cha’s) but there was more ice than tea. I finished my drink within ten minutes.

I was also given small pearls – in fact the pearls were tiny - instead of the standard regular-sized ones without having requested for them. Taste-wise, it was refreshing but I certainly would not have paid $2.40 for it. Of course, being situated in ION, its milk tea would have to be a tad expensive but the quality of the drink did not justify its price.

If Happy Lemon intends to compete with other bubble tea franchises such as KOI, it has a very long way to go before it can be considered serious competition.

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This is what i call refreshing.

My first try is at ION basement, and i think they should consider expanding to other parts of Singapore as i find it an ultimate winner amongst the refreshing beverages out there.

Happy Lemon is different from the other bubble tea outlets as they serve an array of 'lemony' drinks. I tried the lemon honey with aloe vera and it is indeed what it says - Lemon plus honey. Both flavours complement so well and the aloe vera bits is just satisfying. I will be back for sure to try the other drinks that have such one-of-a-kind names and if you have not tried it, you should!

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ION
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(Updated: October 05, 2012)

Unique bubble tea!

Happy Lemon is one of the first bubble tea shops to serve interesting flavour such as the Green Tea with Rock Salt Cheese ($3.50) and Matcha with Malt ($4). The prices are for a regular cup, which is comparable to other bubble tea shops.

It is usually about a 10 min wait due to the queues. However, you can see that the staffs are trying their best to serve the drinks. Unlike other shops where the staffs take their time to prepare it despite the long queues. The staffs are friendly and serve the drinks with a smile.

The novelty of having rock salt cheese in your drink is an interesting experience. Personally, I do like the taste of it as it gives the tea that extra punch! Especially for people who dislike strong tea aftertastes, Happy Lemon is a good choice.

They also have frequent promotions, like $2 for some flavours or if you’re a student you can get 10% off (I saw this at the Junction 10 outlet).

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4
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as it name says; lemon!

As its name says – happy lemon! For me, I always feel happy after drinking cold, sugar-ed tea; thus I agree with the ‘happy part’ of its name. Do take note, that it is not your average bubble tea concept, unlike Gong Cha or KOI – it focuses more on healthy drinking, with its authentic and freshly brewed tea, and other add ons like nata de coco and lemon slices (definitely more healthy than KOI).

Price wise, it does not differ much from the rest of the other stores; still very expensive and definitely overpriced for just a meagre cup of tea. My opinion? Make your own tea at home. Definitely costs much less than $5 for a cup of tea. I would recommend going there only when they have a promotion; then that would be the only time where you really stretch every dollar to its fullest.

Happy Lemon definitely has some serious competition from Gong Cha and KOI; which probably explains why its outlets are harder to find and less seen around Singapore than the rest of its franchising rivals. You, however, will definitely not regret after buying from them!
Of course, as their name says, you definitely have got to try their lemon series. With a little bit of sour-ish taste, plus some sugar syrup; it is a superb combo combination.

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(Updated: August 30, 2012)

expensive tea. not bubble tea, tea.

I have only tried Happy Lemon once and I have regretted it ever since. I didn't even finish the cup. All I thought of was how I should have used the money to buy KOI or Gongcha instead.

I believe that a certain standard of the stall's bubble tea can be gauged by trying their most standard milk tea. Which is what I proceeded to try. What first astounded me was the price - the drink costs a good $3+. Compared to the usual $2+ of other stores. I ordered quite a high sugar percentage, since I usually order at 70%-80% at other bubble tea stores. I came back with a product that was not even sweet. Having asked the staff, they indicated that they did give me the correct sugar percentage. Which explains my title - the drink tastes like tea. Not normal bubble tea. I guess the health freaks will be happy, but not us regular bubble tea enthusiasts. Don't even get me started on the pearls.

I will not try this ever again. Not when KOI and Gongcha are around. Perhaps not even when these two are gone (touch wood).

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Average Spent Per Person:
4
Branch Location:
Ion Orchard
Recommend to Friend:
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