Han's is a household name in the Singapore food industry. Started as a cake shop in 1977, Han's has grown steadily and is a well-known F&B chain with nineteen outlets today, selling a wide variety of food.
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Don't waste your money on this place, or you'll be paying for crap. Depending on which outlet you visit, the place might be packed at certain hours of the day. I visited quite a few across the island, and each time I felt like I was in a fish market. Service is generally very slow. Hans is not one of the places I would recommend if you're planning on having a lazy afternoon tea with some friends. Neither would I recommend that you come here for lunch or dinner.
Don't bother with their Western food like fish and chips and pasta because you'll be getting less than what you pay for. I thought I'd play it safe on my first visit by ordering aglio olio but even that was disappointing. It was almost as good as eating plain noodles because I barely detected any hint of olive oil. It was just a very bland dish, albeit slightly peppery, completely lacking in flavour. I daresay I could have made myself a better olive oil pasta at home, and Western stalls in coffee shops or hawker centres might even offer better at more affordable rates. On one occasion, my friends who had a penchant for Eastern fare ordered fried rice. And that apparently wasn't any better than my pasta. Mum's home-cooked fried rice is way better, one of them remarked.
All in all, I wouldn't recommend Hans to anyone, unless perhaps if it were slightly more affordable. Or else, you're better off at a regular coffee shop. The menu is huge, which some people might think is a good thing, but, from my personal experience with eateries and restaurants that have such huge menus, whatever they serve they serve at crap standard. It's like a jack of all trades, dabbling in everything but specialising in none.
Breakfast place but shabby lunch/dinner set
I'm basing my review on the breakfast selections rather than the lunch/dinner for I'm never a fan of Han's lunch/dinner (albeit cheap for the sets but I would rather have mine at Jack's place).
Nothing beats having breakfast at Han's for me, especially if I were to come back to office on Saturday mornings. I'm an egg person, and would often complain at the dining tables if I can't find eggs being served and that's precisely why I love the Han's breakfast. They have an acceptable selection of breakfast with eggs (sunny side up, omelette or scrambled) served with your choice of topping (such as mushroom, chicken ham or cheese etc).
Don't have high expectation of the food quality (I've had better at places like Cedele) but it's definitely worth the price you're paying for (3 times lesser than Cedele). Instead of paying the same price at Mcdonald's, I'll choose Han's breakfast over it any day. The breakfast typically comes with 2 slices of toast and a drink (coffee, tea or iced lemon tea).
My favorite has to be the mushroom omelette (with iced lemon tea) for I like how the egg seemed to melt in my mouth. It also goes well with the chilli sauce (kimball's one which is available in supermarket).
Don't expect too highly of the service level here. You've to queue to order your food, bring the drinks to your table yourself. Although the food is usually served to you, please also remember to take your own cutlery from the counter. The ambiance, if any, at Han's just portray a no-fuzz, clear-cut environment for dining without anything too fanciful.
Not Good Food
I have dined at Han’s a couple of times and after that I do not want to go back there. It is not so much the atmosphere or the setting of the place but being an eatery, I expect the food to be up to a certain standard.
Hans serves a wide variety of food choices from western to local delights. However, whether they are really delightful is another matter. I do not find that their food is very nice, especially the pasta. Perhaps because they serve such a wide range of food, they do not really excel particularly in any area. I think many of my friends only recommend coming here for dessert as the prices are reasonable in that area.
Hans works by a self-ordering system which means you must go to the counter to place your order rather than being waited upon. I am alright with this system, however, it is quite a turn off when the queue gets rather long especially during peak hours. As some customers may not know how to fill in the form properly, the queue will take some time to move. The food also takes a while to be served after the order is placed. Overall not a place I would choose to dine at if I had the choice.
Han's has affordable food that are not of bad standards. They serve local delicacies like hor fun, chicken rice, and bak kut teh, but most enjoy their breakfast sets.
I like their clean, white setting which has tall ceilings, making it fee really spacious and not like a cheap place to eat at. Meaning that although they sell food similar to hawker centers, their layout and design is entirely different, and this is what sets them apart. They also now have a sister branch called Hanis, which is a halal version of Han's. I like eating their desserts, which are really cheap, and mains too. Although not of exceptional quality and not that authentic, they are reasonably priced and economical enough.
Eat the mains and skip the desserts
Their everyday set meal is the most worthwhile I think. Price is reasonable, and the food taste is acceptable.
However, their desserts are quite a disappointment. I once ordered their blueberry crumble and totally forced myself to swallow it just not to waste the food. There is no sweetness in this dessert at all, and the crust is way too dry for my liking. As for their chocolate eclair, I was surprised that they actually use the white cream instead of chocolate cream. But I heard that their pandan rolls are worth trying though.
Service wise, I would say that improvements are definitely still needed. During my last visit, the staffs actually kept me waiting for 15mins when I wanted to take away the desserts.
I will most likely visit this place again, but only for their mains.
Lovely place for breakfast!
I have dined at Han's on quite a few occasions, but my general impression of Han's remains the same throughout - mediocre.
The outlets are generally pretty spacious, so there is quite a pleasant dining atmosphere. The staff I have encountered so far have also been courteous and polite. However, although the dining atmosphere and the service at Han's exceeds average standards, the quality of the food there could do with some improvement.
The spaghetti there is average - not too bad, but not worth that extra mention either.
The omelettes at Han's are definitely pretty good, but their standards can fluctuate at times. I once tasted the best omelette in my life at Han's once, but when I returned to the same outlet a few weeks after, the quality of the omelette was but mediocre. That being said, the breakfast menu at Han's seems pretty impressive, so Han's would probably make a good place for a western breakfast.
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I've visited Han's a couple of times, but I'm sad to say that the food there isn't really good. In fact, some of the dishes are downright terrible and not worth your money. Their only saving grace is their breakfast food.
Looking at their menu, Han's prices are pretty affordable, which is probably why people are attracted to them in the first place. However, after trying their food a couple of times, I'm quite sure that I won't be coming back here unless there's no other choice. The fish and chips were so terrible! There was only a small pathetic slice of fish, which was really dry, and the fries were just average. I ordered mushroom soup, and was shocked when I realised the soup was at room temperature.
Their breakfast set serves up pretty decent food though, with warm sandwiches, coffee and tea, and local delights that taste pretty decent for their prices. All in all, Han's is pretty downright average. My advice is not to visit this place unless you're looking for breakfast, or if there are no other food choices nearby.
Skip the coffee
Apparently, my mom had been eating here for quite a long time, which is probably why she chose to take the family here for Christmas Eve.
Unfortunately, this experience was a disappointment. Let me start with the good stuff. I like the fact that the tables are arranged such that it is always easy to walk in and out. Also, the service is generally quite fast, as is the wait for seats. The prices are also quite okay for a restaurant of this level.
Now, for the bad stuff. Firstly, the coffee was horrible. Both my parents and I agreed that it had a very strange taste about it. Next, my mom's salmon was overcooked. Apparently, the cooking and the drinks leave much to be desired. Despite this, I still feel that I would probably come here again, just not for the set meals. The sandwiches seem nice.
Compact and friendly
The first place where my friends and I drop by for high tea is admittedly, not the trendy Ya Kun or Toast Box but instead Hans, especially the outlet in Bedok Community Centre. You may question why the choice, since $2.20 is enough to get you a set meal at Ya Kun but not enough for an ice milo at Hans, but I felt that the main allure the place has is its homeliness and brightness.
Unlike cafes like Ya Kun, which tend to darker colours in the design of its outlet, Hans specialises in white and red. This cheerful combination of colours creates a bright and homely atmosphere that makes it inviting. Moreover, Hans puts in over the counter concept, where you can just sit on the stool and chat with the waiter whilst waiting for your food to be served up to you.
Doubling as breakfast cum lunch cum dinner specialists, Hans is also appropriate for all kinds of meals throughout the day. Whilst some of the prices may be exhorbitant and portions relatively small, its actually more affordable than restaurants offering the same fare. Hence, I feel Hans can been seen as a point where west meets east, complementing classy fare with affordability.
I especially like having high tea there, their chicken pie is delicious, coupled with hot tea or ice milo. Moreover, unlike other restaurants, you are left at liberty to chat all you want the whole afternoon even if you have long finished your food. The waiters are tactful enough to leave a cup on the table (even if its empty), so as to give you an 'excuse' just to stay there.
An enjoyable place!
Comfortable all-round eatery
It is difficult to review Hans, as different outlets provide different experience, so I will restrict my experience to the outlet I patronise most frequently, which is at the National Library Building in Victoria Street.
I love this outlet as it provides very comfortable alfresco dining and is suitable for all types of meals--breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon tea. Unlike other outlets which always runs out of my favourite cakes, this outlet always has them. The only problem with this outlet is, I have difficulty finding seats during the weekends, and they don't serve Chinese food. Service is so-so. No bad experience so far.
I patronise this outlet because of its food--yes, despite its lack of Chinese food. My favourites are:
1) Aglio Olio Spaghetti with Prawns (the non-spicy version)
2) Grilled Fish Dory
3) Chicken Pie
4) Curry Puff
5) Peach Tart
6) Chicken Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Wholemeal Bread
7) Spicy Tuna and Cheese Sandwich with Wholemeal Bread
8) Chocolate Truffle Cake
9) Walnut Cheese Cake
10) Blueberry Cheese Cake
11) Hot Lemon Tea
12) Iced Lemon Tea
I find the Hans outlet at the National Library Building a great place to eat and hang out with friends. It's also a great environment for discussions and brain-storming sessions, accompanied with great-tasting snacks!.
Simply not good
Han's was the first restaurant I visited when I was working near Marina Square. Since I heard my colleagues gushing about their chicken pies and coffee, I decided to give it a try.
There was not much customers around when I reached there on a dreary weekday late morning, so there were ample tables available. I had already decided to have their pie and coffee with a bowl of mushroom soup. So I stood at the ordering counter but all the staff seem to look through me as if I was transparent. One elderly lady sauntered over slowly only when I called for some attention. After placing my orders and paying, she ladled a bowl of soup and placed it on my tray before saying that my coffee and pie would be sent to me in a while.
While waiting for my coffee and pie, I ate my soup slowly. It was, at best, lukewarm and pretty bland. When it was two-thirds finished, I scooped up something brownish and 2-jointed, which looked like a cockroach leg. With no hesitation, I walked out of the restaurant even when my 2 other orders have not been served. Heaven knows what type of hygiene standards they practice there!
I will never visit another Han's outlet again. Not going to risk tummy aches, if you ask me. The thought of the 2-jointed brownish thing still brings shivers down my spine.
Pleasant, but not for meetups
Been here only once after getting my braces done, but the food was excellent. I had their chicken porridge, which, granted, is rather difficult to mess up. But the porridge was piping hot when it arrived, and the texture was pretty exquisite, being smooth all the way through and free of lumps, which is sometimes the unfortunate case. The chicken was shredded cleanly, and about as flavourful as chicken can get.
Unfortunately, the serving was rather puny, which makes it somewhat unviable as a place to have a heavy meal. The outlet I went to, at Park Mall, also had tables that were somewhat cramped, which makes meeting up with friends here difficult.
This place is very crowded during the weekdays' lunchtime. However, went there a couple of times during the weekends and it was very quiet.
The food wise is average, nothing to shout about. But the variety offered is huge and there is a great selection of pastries and cakes on offer as well.
Maybe i would say the price are pretty competitive. Don't expect any service as it works like any fast food joints; order at the counter and wait for your food right next to the counter, they may serve the food to you as well.
East meets West!
I like the fact Hans offers both an equal variety of Asian and Western food. Not many restaurants have that option I feel. I tried their pasta once and it tasted okay. Nothing out of the ordinary but still not enough to feel like I'm tortured. I also tried their chestnut mushroom soup because it seemed unique. I didn't like the chestnuts at all. The soup was still bearable though. I have not tried their Asian Cuisines and heard from many they are quite delicious.
The ambience was really good too with great music while I savour my meal. The only problem is that their air-conditioner can get me really chilly at times, even though I'm not directly underneath!
Love the Asian Food
Han's is one of my favorite places to have a quick meal, and I absolutely love their Asian food. My favorite dish is their Hor Fun, which is served in a rather big portion, and tastes great! Their sweet and sour pork and fish porridge is good too. Not all their outlets serve Asian food, so do take note if you wish to try some of these.
However, I do agree that the western food served at Han's are rather subpar. They taste decent but not great, and a bit pricey for the quality. So, if you do visit Han's, order their Asian cuisines instead!
Big meals? Don't come to Han's.
I was going around the Clarke Quay area in search of food for supper with my friends one day but kept getting disappointed - all the good places were already closing down for the day. I was about to give up hope when I saw Han's, with its brightly lit interior in the distance. At that time, I'd never eaten there, so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try something new.
The ambience at Han's is comfortable - with light music and airconditioning, what's not to like about the feel of this place?
The only thing I can say is that Han's is not a place meant for lunch or dinner. While they have an extensive range of dishes to choose from, I'd actually just recommend people to go for their sandwiches. I think those are the only items on the menu that have value for money; I appreciate a well-toasted sandwich, warm and well-prepared. I tried the spaghetti and fish and chips too, and found that their qualities were less than average. Unlike their sandwich counterparts, these main courses aren't worth the money. If you want good main courses, head down to a place that specialises in what you're looking for.
The service isn't all that great; you've got to queue and collect your own drinks. From my experience, the people at the counter took so long to process orders that I ended up drumming my fingers on the counter in annoyance. The queue extended into a really long line, too, and I kind of felt sorry for those waiting at the end of it. While I know nothing's perfect, it'd be nice to have efficient service to make up for a food place's flaws.
I wouldn't recommend Han's to anyone looking for a good place to have heavy meals later in the day. Breakfast or a light snack, on the other hand, could be pretty worthwhile here.