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Review for Pique Nique (Ngee Ann City)

2.8

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Address: #B1-01/02, Ngee Ann City, 391A Orchard Road, 238873
12 Sep 2012
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tolerable experience

i visited pique nique several months ago and was absolutely thrilled by the fact that their menu sported a variety of "mac & cheese" dishes. i recall ordering the carbonara mac & cheese as well as a maple syrup waflfe with ice cream - both of which i enjoyed a lot.

today, i returned to pique nique and was rather disappointed that the 'mac n cheese' menu was gone! instead, there was only petit mac & cheese and a mac & cheese with chicken ( i think ). in any event i had the regular carbonara which wasn't all that bad in the end. cream wasn't too heavy and the poached egg atop the speghetti was done pretty well.

my friend had a breakfast burger. the fries were burnt, as was the bacon. otherwise the burger was alright. the veg on the side was tad bitter though.

we ordered the salted caramel waffle for dessert. i was looking forward to this but when it arrived i was rather let down. the waffle was sort and mushy in the middle, and tasted somewhat like mildly sweet bread from the neighbourhood bakery. edges were clearly not crispy and the whole waffle deflated towards the middle - it was that 'soft'.

i would've rated this restaurant a little better except that the service was poor. the staff were not attentive. they were pre-occupied with their phones, or with talking amongst one another, or with playing 'pat a cake' games with each other. very unprofessional. on top of that, they were rude and clearly reluctant to do their jobs. also, the seats were full of crumbs.

 

i was very disappointed with the service.

 

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