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Overall RatingBased on 36 reviews
Food/Drink3.7
Value3.6
Ambience4
Service3.8
$20/pax
Alio Olio Pasta with Sausage and Mushroom, Baby Back Ribs, Caesar Salad with Mustard Seed Dressing, Mushroom soup with Truffle Oil, Pizza with 'Breakfast Toppings', Slow Cooked Beef View all
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Terrible service

Food/Drink 3 | Value 2 | Ambience 3 | Service 1
Total Review: 1

Food is alright but given the qulaity and dining experience, it's at least 40% over priced.
 Service is terrible. All the staff has a somehow arrogant attitude and very slow in responding to our queries.
 We reserved dinner table for 8 one day before and double confirmed on the day, but when we arrived, the table was still not set for us. It was year end gathering and my friends and I were definitely greeting and ordering with a cheerful tone but the staff didn't even bother to smile, not to mention the overall service, truly terrible attitude and behavior.


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Lunch!

Food/Drink 3 | Value 4 | Ambience 4 | Service 2
Total Review: 1

We were a party of 6 for lunch on 29th Dec 2015.  We arrived early and for 30mins, were the only diners here.

Ordered 2 set lunches for SGD32 which included starters ( soup / salad), main, drinks which we thought was good value.  We also ordered main courses which was 1 for 1 ( i.e the cheaper main course was free )

Do note that ice/ tap water is not served here.  You will have to order the bottled Evian water or soft drinks.  However drinks are helpfully included in the set lunch.

Service was fine, but server could have highlighted the promotions ( 1 for 1, etc ) on offer and offered suggestions.  He gave the impression that he really wanted to be somewhere else...

We were served drinks ( coke, organina and evian ) and starters came soon after.

Soup / starters came along and quality was very average.  Unfortunately the soup tasted very bland and the bits of chicken had a grey look of re-heated leftovers.  Chicken wings was well received and tasty.

Mains arrived and the Vegetarian Penne looked and tasted great.  Fish and chips was also tasty, as was the grilled chicken.  Terriyaki fish was essentially salmon with sauce with side of basmati rice, which was average.  Portions were of a fair size and certainly sufficient.

My main gripe is with the dessert.

We ordered 3 ice creams (Hagen Daz) off the menu.  There was no descriptions on the menu, and each portion was SGD6.  I was surprised by the size of the portion and the lack of any effort in presentation.  This knocked some points of the value chart of Cali....

We also ordered 2 coffees ( latte and freddo shakerato ) which tasted fine.  Final damage was SGD120.

Overall, the taste, quality and portions were fair value.  However the lack of option to order tap water and ice creams were fairly big disappointments.  I would not make special effort to return, but would consider stopping by if in the area.


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Bad place

Food/Drink 1 | Value 1 | Ambience 4 | Service 2
Total Review: 1

Dont bother going. Food quality dont stand out. Sauce doesnt taste good? Dont serve tap/plain water.

Go if you just want to sit down and not looking for good food

AND THEY DONT LISTEN TO FEEDBACK.


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Nice Food at Reasonable Price

Food/Drink 4 | Value 4 | Ambience 3 | Service 4
Total Reviews: 6

Bought the Groupon deal for their set meals @ $14.90 nett, comes with a starter, main course and a dessert.

It was a pre-selected choices from their main menu, and with the Groupon deal, it really makes the set very very value for money.

Choice of the Starter: Samosa / 4 pcs Cali Wings / 2 pcs Bruschetta
Choice of Mains: Grilled Norwegian Salmon / Steak and Fries / Chicken Tikka/ Hawaiian Pizza
Dessert: A slice of mango passion fruit cake

We ordered the Cali Wings and Bruschetta as our starter, Steak and Fries and Grilled Salmon as our mains. Overall the food is nice. The steak is juicy and tender, the grilled salmon's skin is very cripsy.

Great service from the team.

Even without the Groupon deal, the original price of the main course is quite reasonable pricing.



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Very Ordinary Food

Food/Drink 2 | Value 3 | Ambience 4 | Service 3
Total Reviews: 12

Read this :

Only $8.80 NETT for an All - Day Set Meal, Choose between Fish & Chips, Bratwurst Spaghetti
Olio or El-Camino Chicken Thigh - Comes with Free Flow Of Soup, Lemonade, Tea &
Coffee

Sounds good ? So I purchased some Deal vouchers to try out the food.

Soup of the Day
This taste like the usual condensed soup you buy in cans.

Fish & Chips
This is deep fried dory fish (or the cheap sutchi fish) in bread crumbs. We were served pretty deep brown fish (not golden brown), meaning that the fish was over-fried. 2 pieces, served with straight cut fries.

El-Camino Chicken Thigh
I think this is a better choice that the fish & chip. The brown sauce is quite tasty. Served with a hard chunk of carrot, mashed potatoes & another veg - mine was a piece of broccoli, while my companion's was 2 pods of pea.

My Samsung phone's camera always give very intense colours. Actually the broccoli was quite yellowish with only some patches of green, not the bright 'healthy' green you see in the picture.

Coffee & Tea
Free flow, which you help yourself from the counter. Tea are from tea bags.

Given the ambience of the place, the food is cheap. However, given the quality, it is not enough to lure me back again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the not very fresh broccoli wigh yellow patches


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