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-- What really ruins a restaurant experience for me --
Had the opportunity to dine at Bar-Roque Grill this afternoon, and I thought I'd share about my deal-breaker for restaurants.
Here are some of the items we had for lunch:
Bacon & Gruyere "The Cheesy" starter
Roasted Mushroom Soup, Crouton & Olive Oil
Roasted Prawns & Squid, Provencal Vegetables, Artichokes & Basil Pesto
Banana & Nutella Tarte Flambée w/Salted Caramel Ice Cream
The food was good, but seeing as I am not a food blogger, I shall not attempt to describe the food. However my conversation with a friend in our lunch party today about coffee as we left the restaurant is something worth mentioning.
I lamented to my friend that the latte (if you could even call it that) I had after lunch was bad - really really bad. I could have been drinking a glass of milk and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. And we both went on to marvel at how restaurants with food menus as good as Bar-Roque didn't find it at all important to invest in a good coffee machine and to hire a good barista. After all, most of us habitually have coffee after our meals, and that is the one thing that leaves the last impression before we walk out of the restaurant! Many restaurateurs seem to overlook this point, and it is disappointing!
Later, I mentioned this to another friend over WhatsApp, and she agrees that a good restaurant should definitely look into not ruining their own food with the bad coffee they serve! Like many others, I often have coffee with my desserts when I dine out, or as an end to my meal, and it is just sad to have a stellar dining experience brought down several notches by bad coffee.
Perhaps my coffee taste buds are spoilt by the good baristas at who serve me my daily cuppa joe, but I do think restaurants really should look into the entire coffee experience. Doesn't the trend of rapidly sprouting cafes in Singapore tell us something important about how we love our coffee?
Sincerely hoping that the Bar-Roque will improve on this!