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I bought the $20 for $40 voucher nearly 3 months ago - the cafe was new and no reviews were available, but hey good location (near Bugis, I thought) and the menu seemed pretty good! And it was a good value for money. Unfortunately we were a little miffed that when I first called, they said they pretty much don't open for dinner unless there were shows on - and there were none for the whole of July and probably August. Thankfully they were open for weekend lunches, so we had to wait a fair bit before we found the time to finally come here (had to call in advance).
First thing that struck us was how quiet the place was. Ok granted, this is in the middle of a library building.. the few other diners around when we got there seemed to be speaking in hushed whispers. Moussaka ($14.90)
- Didn't really hesitate in ordering the moussaka, and was pretty glad with my choice! This came out hot and bubbling, and smelled amazing! Cheeeesy, and just the right amount too. The minced lamb was soft and un-gamey, and the eggplants so soft and spongey - soaking all the lovely herbed flavours. Mixed Grilled Sausages ($18)
- Huge sausages - chicken, pork and cheesy - and goddamn they were JUICY. While a little on the salty side (again) the sausages were really really tasty and bursting with yummy sausage juice, though I wish the skin was a little less chewy. Almost couldn't finish it from how voluminous the sausages were >.< Came with sauerkraut, ask for some mustard and you're good to go!Profiteroles ($8.90)
- We were actually semi-pressed to get dessert to make full use of our voucher value because we haven't quite spent enough yet. Quite apparent that this was pre-prepared and chilled in some fridge, because the chocolate sauce looks like it has been solidified for some time, and choux pastry was cold and a bit too tough.
A couple of negative points were definite :-
1) They insisted that we call and literally make a reservation. I did call a day earlier but just to check that it was open and I could use the coupon, but did not put my name down and literally
make a reservation. But I had a chat with the kind lady and she was ok with it. While it was inflexible it's definitely the fault of the management and not of the waiters.
2) Cash value is only redeemable for ala carte food
items, not drinks and cannot be used for set meals. Kinda miffed again, and was not indicated anywhere on the coupon that this was so. Again I felt this was a management issue.
But overlooking all that, I genuinely thought the two dishes we had were great. Service was slow but we just wanted to take it easy on a lazy Saturday afternoon anyways. And when we left around 230pm the cafe was pretty full.
Management response from Makarios Cafe, published 28 Aug 2012
Dear Mr. Tor Das,
Thank you so much for your review. Appreciate it...So sorry for the dessert...We will make up for it the next time you visit us!
We would like to clarify on the issues brought up by you....
All the terms and conditions for the use of the Groupon coupon are stated therein that it was for food only and does not cover the taxes and drinks...Incidentally, this condition is actually set by the Groupon Management.
It was clearly stated on the coupon that it was valid for dine-in only. Not valid with other promotions and discounts and set meals.
We thank you for your feedback and support and we have taken note of your comments.
We hope to be seeing you again.
Makarios Cafe (Hide)
07 August 2012