Located in a library that is always packed on the weekend, this cafe could have done a great service for library patrons. Unfortunately I would much rather find some other place in Bugis then head down to this cafe for a reading spot. The food is overpriced, and the service staff hover over you. When I entered there was only another group of 4 diners in the cafe, and I asked for the corner table (a 4-seater) but the waitress reluctantly agreed as she was worried that the audience of the play in progress would need the space (don't be fooled - barely anyone used the cafe space before the play and during the intermission).
After sitting down I asked the waitress if I could use the electrical outlet, but she referred me to her boss, who only agreed with a frown and followed me back to my seat to see if my power cord would be short and trip other guests. Moreover, throughout my 3-hour stay it was difficult to read in peace as the lady boss kept barking orders to her staff.
To top it all off, as my friend and I were getting ready to go and footing the bill, the waitress whispered that her boss had instructed her to inform me not to use the outlet for the whole day. That was absolutely the last straw, and I will not be returning.
However, as I did not order any in-house menu items, I must qualify that one may very well choose to come back if the cooked dishes are actually worth it.
I found a nice quiet place for good food- The Makarios Cafe at the National Library.
Based on a friend's recommendation, I called and made a reservation. For this meal, I ordered the Wagyu Beef Burger.
When the Wagyu burger is served, I was amazed by the size. All 200 grams of wagyu topped with a slice of red cheddar cheese and foie gras.
The foie gras is crispy on the edges, soft and buttery in texture. I enjoyed it’s rich, livery taste as it melts in my mouth.
The wagyu beef patty is done medium rare. It is tender and juicy with its scculent fats giving my patty a unique taste. Having foie gras and wagyu beef together is really heaven in my mouth.
I usually skip the fries but this is special. It is french fries with Truffles oil, giving it an earthy aroma.
The service is good and the staff is knowledgeable about the food on the menu. I'll come back again with a few foodie friends
This afternoon.. the makarios cafe very quiet, only 7 persons at THAT PLACE ,and we (2 of us) DECIDED TO SIT THERE,TO STUDY... and we ordered 1glass orange n' cream
And just 15 minutes we sit down--THE AUNTY SHOUT TO US AND THE OTHER VISITOR---
TO US:"YOU TWO PERSON MUST ORDER 2 GLASS DRINK,,,!
TO OTHER VISITOR:"BOTH OF YOU ALSO NEED TO ORDER 2 GLASS DRINK, AND SOME MORE-- YOU 2 PERSONS TAKE 4 SEATS AND THEN CHARGED UR LAPTOP__ USING MY ELECTRICITY!
what kind of service is that???
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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.