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(Closed) Cafe Cartel (Plaza Singapura)

An American-inspired cafe, this flashy joint has an extensive menu of salads, pizzas, pastas and main courses. There are also student value meals and set lunches to draw in the younger crowd.

Fri - Eve of PH: 11:30 - 23:30

Mon - Thu: 11:30 - 23:00

Sat: 08:30 - 23:30

Sun: 08:30 - 23:00

+65 63362682
$19 based on 51 submissions
Vibrant/Noisy (15 votes), Dinner (14 votes), Lunch (13 votes)
July Tan

Hawaiian Pork Chops

I enjoyed their Hawaiian Pork Chops. The chops were tender, and it was very juicy. I also tried their dessert, which was the brownie. It was too sweet for me. The service staff took some time to respond to my needs but I think it might have been because there were quite a lot of people in the restaurant at that time.

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Based on 51 votes
21 Mar 2013 • 6 reviews • 0 follower

Hawaiian Pork Chops

I enjoyed their Hawaiian Pork Chops. The chops were tender, and it was very juicy. I also tried their dessert, which was the brownie. It was too sweet for me. The service staff took some time to respond to my needs but I think it might have been because there were quite a lot of people in the restaurant at that time.
24 Jan 2013 • 66 reviews • 20 followers

Not for lunch

To read a detailed review with photos, please visit my blog

The restaurant was generally huge and spacious, good for gatherings. Perhaps make a reservation first to ensure your group has enough seats to sit together! 

I had the Bananarama waffle at $11.90. The bananas are topped with caramel, and it gives a very sweet taste. The waffle in general.. wasn't up to expectation. To be honest, this could be one of the worse waffle I've ever tried. I will definitely not come back for their waffle. I've tried their ice cream brownie before, slightly better than this but the more you eat, the more sick you get due to the overwhelming sweetness in it. 

The trio meat lover's platter at $21.90 was a average. Comes with ribs, sausages and chicken chop. I would say that's quite a few varieties in a plate. In fact this dish was meant for 2 pax to share. I guess it's fine if a person can finish everything in this plate, because the meat were generally smaller in size. Nonetheless, my brother told me the meat taste good.  
Nothing much about cafe cartel's main dishes that I would like to comment about. All I know is this place probably isn't good for lunch. Their main dishes are not really up to standard. Their happy hour (9pm) where all snacks and desserts are going at half price would probably be more worth it. Haha! 
Read more about other dishes here. 

Soup of the Day, Garlic Bread & Iced Peach Tea
13 Nov 2012 • 45 reviews • 18 followers

When macaroni meets seafood, cheese and cream sauce...

For a more complete review (pictures, prices, etc): CLICK HERE 
05 Nov 2012 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Worst experience at a Cafe Cartel outlet

Our nightmare began right at the entrance. A queue had formed, awaiting the staff's directions for seating. Not that there weren't any, mind you. After realizing that none of the staff were interested in assisting them, some got tired of waiting and stormed off in disgust.
One would naturally expect the menu to be provided upon seating, as tradition dictates in such an establishment. Curiously, we were given everything from glasses of water, to utensils for a party obviously larger than ours, except the aforementioned menu. We decided to track the amount of time necessary for a menu to make its way to our table, but hunger overcame us at the 7th minute and he had to throw in the towel. We hailed for a member of the staff, no easy task there, and got the very same supervisor who had seated us. Interestingly, we did not know that the appropriate response to such a situation would be to laugh, but the supervisor seemed to think it was.
A quick discussion resulted in our order for a meat platter to share, and 3 separate coffee drinks. As if to inform us that their service could get worse, the senior staff, as highlighted by a tag on her blouse, unceremoniously dumped 2 disposable cups on our table before doing a quick 180 degre turn. We had to kick our reflexes into overgear to catch her in time to explain what drink was in which. That was apparently a monumental task, as it took her 3 tries to muster up enough power in her lungs to properly enunciate the names of the drinks. 
By then, we thought that we had already lowered our expectations sufficiently, but boy, were we surprised. The meatballs were gross little clumps of stringy material that looked suspicious. The chipolata sausages had less flavor than the glasses of water we were given. The chicken wings were bereft of juices, and the ribs appeared to have been recooked. The fries were so soggy they looked like survivors from the 2012 movie. The fried chicken was more breading than chicken, but it was, along with the nuggets, the only items that weren't forced down.
Our following decision to give the chocolate banana cake a last go, was the final decision that we gravely regretted. The main thing we misjudged, however, was the staff's definition of "served now". Theirs was, as it seemed, to let the customer wait while their staff stood chatting at the counter. After a wait of about 15 minutes, one of their non-senior workers seemed to realize that there were, gasp, orders to be filled. 
The general consensus of the tables around us seemed to be of the same disappointment. Even when a staff dropped cups and glasses on the floor, the others were too busy talking to help clean up. Furthermore, the staff seemed to believe that the appropriate response to liquids on the floor was to cover it up with lots of newspapers. It was then we finally understood why the floors looked so filthy in a place like that.
01 Sep 2012 • 152 reviews • 1 follower

Utter miss for seafood in seafood platter

Please drop by for pictures!

If you have bought the Groupon for Cafe Cartel, be ready to brace yourself for long queues. Go as early as possible. When we went at 6pm, there were still many seats around. By 7pm, there was a long queue snaking outside the restaurant.

I decided to go for the Seafood Fiesta ($15.50). Rather neat plating. I took a bite of the rice and declared it good. It was flavourful rice mixed with some fruits such as strawberries and apples. The salad was ordinary.

The seafood was an utter miss though. The deep fried prawns were over deep-fried and resulted in the bread crumb layer being bitter and the prawn being hard. The scallops were obviously the frozen kind you buy from supermarkets so I can't say anything about that. The fish was salty.

The worst part of the meal was finding a strand of brown hair (I do not have brown hair) stuck in my rice. I left that part of the rice totally untouched.

If you are looking for something more worth your buck, you might want to try the St Louis Pork Ribs. You can choose the sauce and I think the honey glaze is pretty good. The pork rib is also meaty and while I found it a little dry, my friend was okay with it.

I won't say that the food here is great for sure. Service is pretty average. In any case, the service, the concept and the food at Cartel Bistro (112 Katong) just seemed a lot better.