Top 100 Cafes to Avoid

Top 100 Cafes to Avoid

Featuring Takashimaya Food Hall, Hvala ([email protected]), Baristart Coffee (Tanjong Pagar), Lunar Coffee Brewers, Kafe UTU, Tiger Sugar (Capitol Singapore), Chalk Farm (Paragon), Tipo, Nasty Cookie (Funan), Cha Tra Mue (Far East Square)
Rachel T
Rachel T

I really love the pasta here and I’ld give it a 9/10 but my experience has almost always been not 100% positive.

Arrived before 1:47pm, was told the wait would be 45 min. Waited 45 minutes and got my table for one person at 2:32pm. Ordered my food. The pasta came 19 minutes later at 2:51pm. Finished eating and was in the middle of drinking my water when I was asked to leave the restaurant at 3:13pm.

In total, I waited 1 hour and 4 minutes for my lunch which I ate within 22 minutes and was then basically asked to leave 🙃

There was also this Blackhole 5% off the first bill which one of the waitresses asked me to sign up for and gave me the impression I could use it. But the terms and conditions which weren’t stated on the website or on the table was that the 5% wasn’t applicable on orders that were under $20. So even though the 5% discount is quite small, in principle I felt a bit tricked that only when I was paying for my meal that I was told the 5% would not apply.

I feel that restaurants should be more upfront and transparent with their customers on (1) how long they can spend in the restaurant; and (2) the terms and conditions of their discount promotions. While I enjoyed the pasta and clearly waited quite long (1 hour and 4 minutes) for one plate of pasta, as a customer, I felt quite shortchanged and rushed. Really hope they can improve their communications and customer waiting time so that the customer experience won’t be so negative and frustrating.

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The savoury food at Bacha Coffee isn’t as nice as their sweets. Tbh I found the standard and quality of the food really quite abysmal and sad given the prices and given that we queued 1 and a half hours for this. I really wish Laduree’s cafe had opened here instead as was the original plan. Laduree’s savouries are so much nicer.

Pictured: Barramundi Tagine and French Toast with Smoked Salmon

I found the fish tasted quite bland like airplane food. It was also quite fishy. The veggies felt slightly undercooked and didn’t really have a roasted flavour or anything to it. It was just really meh and I wouldn’t recommend this. The french toast didn’t really taste like french toast and the smoked salmon was rather little and not super fresh. Also wouldn’t recommend this dish either.

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This is the French Toast with Smoked Salmon. It’s really plain and no frills. There was way too much cheese in this sandwich and the smoked salmon was quite little and not the freshest... The salad itself was quite bitter and the dressing felt like it had been sitting on the veg for a while. Wouldn’t recommend this one!

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Was craving hot food so I got this. Queued for like 20 minutes because there were like 8 people in the queue in front of me (it’s not immediately apparently because you know 1-2 people would queue for 4 people).

This is a self-service place so you’re asked to return the tray. Don’t expect serviettes or water. Also the person seating customers speaks Mandarin. It’s actually kind of like a food court disguised as a restaurant. Bowl was sticky, one of the cutlery was stinky. Customer behind me jumped queue so I had to wait for her to pay even though I got there first and was in the queue first. And I was so hangry I felt like fainting. Anyway the queue jumping was caused by the cook who got my order wrong (AND I made sure he got my order right because he repeated my order back to me but got confused after listening to the customer behind me’s order). And then the cook preparing the food proceeded to prepare the other customer behind me’s order before mine. So the TWO customers who were behind me got their food first 🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃

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NASTY COOKIE: Worth the hype?

Finally got 3 Nasty Cookies to try for the first time! In total, they cost an eye-watering $15ish 😰 But thanks to some vouchers I had, I paid $0.90 in total only. Phew! Glad I was able to control myself in the face of my own impulsivity.

Tried half of the PB Chocolate. My mom tried some too.

My mom’s verdict after one bite: “Stale, horrible, looks like a turd, not worth the calories at all. It’s just sugar and peanut butter. I would throw it away and not eat it.”

My review: Really unsure how anyone can in good conscience sell these PB Chocolate cookies, and in a shop no less 😳It shocks me that this cookie is so disappointing. There’s like practically zero chocolate. It tastes sort of like an expired old Snickers. The cookie to peanut butter ratio is all wrong. The peanut butter is so heavy and tastes like your cheap, run of the mill Skippy’s or something. Eating this was like eating a bunch of crumbs plus a jar of peanut butter.

Don’t expect some premium, expensive tasting nut butter in spite of the price. The cookie itself is disappointing, it’s neither soft and chewy nor crisp and crunchy. When you eat this... you feel.... nothing. Subway cookies are 1000x better! Even cheap baked goods from small confectionery shops / tiny bakeries in the heartlands next to train stations taste much better than this.

The name of the shop is Nasty Cookie and the cookie was indeed nasty.

PS. Not sure why no one has warned me about how disappointing and gimmicky this would turn out to be! So this is me doing a PSA to help you save your hard earned money. Just buy a Subway cookie and thank me later.

PPS. I want to add that the website advertises the cookie in a totally different colour AND has PRETZELS in it which this one definitely did not have! So misleading...

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Pasta here is quite ordinary and nothing amazing. The brown butter, sage, and balsamic didn’t stand out at all. There was way too many pine nuts! The pasta itself had quite a lot of pumpkin filling and I didn’t manage to finish all of it as it was quite jelak. Also PS. water is $0.50. Generally I don’t really like patronising places which charge you for tap water. The service is also quite meh, kind of hard to get the waiters’ attention and they were quite unbothered. There was also a 1 hour time limit to our lunch because our table had been reserved. Would I return again? Probably not.

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Who else falls for pretty cakes? Had this for tea break today, and it tasted like alcohol in cake form, the centre buttercream has lots of marsala wine. The sponge layers have a bread-like flavour/texture, and the cream on top is ordinary cream (my mom calls it “fake cream”, it’s not fresh cream). Kind of expensive for what it is, and some of the servers are quite snobby like they own the shop and are doing a favour by answering our questions. Um, maybe put a label so people know what cakes are for sale and how much? 🙄😪 Anyway, it comes with a blackberry and a goldleaf dusted Malteser on top, but will probably give this a miss next time - there are better cakes out there like the Carrot Whiskey Sultana.

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Aloo Gobi - $12.90
Dal Tadka - $12.90
Tandoori Chicken 2 piece - $9
Garlic Naan 1 piece - $4

This was my lunch today, my first time ordering from Indian Curry House.

FYI: currently there’s 20% off first time orders on their website and 15% off for subsequent orders.

Aloo Gobi - Wish there was more cauliflower. Didn’t quite appreciate the oil smell. Also found it too cheesy for my liking. Definitely have has better versions of this elsewhere. The portion is pretty huge, maybe for 2-4 people. Found this a little off putting.

Dal Tadka - Passable, there’s quite a lot of lentils. But it’s lacking in spices a little. Have had more delicious yelow dal elsewhere. Portion also pretty huge maybe for 2-4 people.

Tandoori Chicken 2 pieces - Nothing really bad to say. It’s not bad. Just a little burnt. Smells good! The smell of the tandoori chicken when I walk past the restaurant was actually what drew me in in the first place.

Garlic Naan: Sadly disappointing. A little oily and rubbery. It looks kind of like a chapati. Not fluffy and crispy and garlicky as it should be! Pretty meh would not order again I think, didn’t really enjoy this.

On the whole, I found the food expensive and the prices not really justified for the taste and quality.

I miss Gayatri, the Indian restaurant near my office! It’s a lot better!

“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger! Can I take your order?” 🍔🍟
The Goodburger Black Tie with Truffle Fries [$21]
Impossible patty, brioche bun, cheese, rocket, truffle aioli, pickles.
Decided to go for a walk and ended up buying into the hype that is the Goodburger Impossible food truck. Wish there was more rocket and I don’t really get why people like Impossible (why? It’s much more unhealthy than eating beef). The first time I had it was at Fatburger in Beverly Hills, and I thought it didn’t really taste like beef. This one tasted a little more beef-like, but the burger and fries, especially the patty, were drenched in oil. Literally couldn’t finish this because I felt like puking every time I had a bite (it’s really very oily). The fries were also way too salty and pretty ordinary for truffle fries. Thankfully I had a salad on standby 😂 Also, thank god for air-conditioning and root beer. Absolute lifesavers. No more Impossible for me please.

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3 slices belly chashu, wood ear fungus, spring onion, nori.
Kanada-Ya in London is one of my favourite ramen places in the world! 🍜
When I found out they were opening here, I had to try. Sadly Kanada-Ya in Singapore can’t compare.
1. The pork broth, probably the most disappointing, is thick, one-dimensional, bland, doesn’t have any taste or flavour. It lacks salt and umami. It tastes creamy and not like pork broth, more like a tasteless, liquid carbonara sauce. It tastes like they added flour tbh. Did not, could not finish.
2. The chashu is plain, nothing outstanding. The spring onions taste dehydrated. You know when you buy instant noodles and there are spring onion bits inside? It tastes like that. Sort of like cardboard.
3. The forms for filling out your order are recycled (i.e. multiple people have used the sheets before and the unerasable pencil marks are still there).
4. Not all chairs have a back so you’re sitting on a stool.
5. The music is rather loud J-Pop/J-Rock. You know the volume of music in restaurants has been increasing over the years? To encourage diners to eat quickly and go.
6. It’s hard to get the waiters’ attention and they don’t seem well trained. I said I was ready to order and gave my slip to the waiter, and thought the waiter was going to take my order, but he didn’t and just put the paper back on the table. Until the manager-looking guy came round to ask if we had ordered, then only was our order taken. Then the food took a while to come.
7. Idk why people open a ramen chain when they can’t run it well? As a paying customer, it just seems cheap, low budget and not value for money to spend almost $21 for this experience! This isn’t a place I‘d visit again or recommend. Despite being newly opened, there was no queue, not a good sign.
8. The mall itself is meh with a myriad of not pleasant smells :/ Shops here are what you’d find in a heartland mall, except this is new. The touchscreen directory on various floors don’t work. You have to use mobile data and Google instead.
9. There are better shopping malls and ramen shops in Singapore. Today’s experience was not great.

For my future self:
1. Make a reservation, if it’s full, don’t bother. Don’t assume there are enough empty tables for walk-ins, as common sense as that sounds.
2. Order a larger portion of pasta. The standard 100g of pasta is for a child. Just think about your weight versus the weight of this pasta.
3. Eat before going otherwise you’ll get stomach cramps while waiting AND after you’ve eaten.
4. You waited one hour or longer to be seated and for this pasta lol
5. McDonald’s which was your second dinner can serve you french fries and a sundae in under one minute! I’m still shocked.
6. Your pasta was cold.
7. The family of four before you got their food, ate their food, and paid for their food before yours arrived.
8. The people who ordered after you also got their food first lol
9. You and your friend were still hungry after dinner and went to get a second dinner.
10. If you ever open a restaurant or cafe, there better be some reasonable standards set 😂

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I ordered this drink with 50% sugar but it tastes more like 0% sugar :(

There isn’t much earl grey flavour or pistachio flavour, it’s more like your ordinary bitter English Breakfast tea.

Also they ran out of pearls at 2pm... So I got honey aloe vera.

Nothing to shout about + not at all sweet + the price is steep for what it is.

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Rachel T

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