Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 22:00
Sun & PH: 10:00 - 22:00
Criollo Cocoa Café - A Café modelled after Cocoa Beans
The Cocoa Bean, also know as cacao bean or simply cocoa or cacao. Criollo are often referred to as fine or flavour cocoa beans with a great history. What the fine Arabica bean is to coffee, the even finer and rare Criollo bean is to chocolate.
Criollo Cocoa Café is the destination for diners who are looking to enjoy a great fusion of food and drinks in a relaxed and modern setting. Located in Orchard Gateway with fantastic view over Orchard Road, the team strives to offer various options catering to the taste buds of one and all. With a wide range of food and drinks, it is the perfect place for get-togethers, brunch and chill-out.
For the full review and more photos, head over to http://toroamtheworld.blogspot.com/2015/06/food-review-cocoa-criollo-cafe.html
A simple and no-frills cafe, this place has a great location overlooking the busy Orchard Road. While the food is not outstandingly good, there are some decent dishes and the best part is that it's very reasonably priced.
Big Breakfast (promo price $12.90, U.P. $16.90): Good variety on this plate. Scrambled eggs were nice, bacon a bit overfried, chicken sausage quite salty, but I like the relatively unconventional addition of the fruit yogurt. Worth the promo price, but only until the month of June.
Portobello Burger ($12.90): Seemingly plain and boring, this dish turned out to be rather tasty! Mushroom was juicy, but it could be a bit bigger. The burger buns were toasty and nice too!
Seafood Laksa Pasta ($16.90): This was ordinary, but worth a try if you're craving for laksa. Could taste a bit of the laksa powder there... But prawns were fresh.
Mixed Grilled Platter ($18.90): Not recommended. Portion was quite small considering the high price tag - only two sticks of beef and chicken each. The beef was tough in particular.
Aglio Olio Spaghetti with Bacon ($7.90): This is in their lunch menu only, hence the much more wallet-friendly price tag. Not too bad, very value-for-money. Portion of bacon was quite generous.
Fresh Fruits Waffle ($9.90): Good variety of fruits given. Waffles were the thin and crispy kind, but still delicious.
Chocolate Waffle ($9.90): This dish lived up to the name of the cafe. The chocolate gelato and chocolate waffle were good! In general their waffles are quite a steal at less than $10.
Oreo Cheesecake ($4.90): This was ordinary. I felt the cheese didn't taste... fresh? Somehow.
Hazelnut Royaline ($4.90): A good size, not too big nor too small, and it was quite rich. Enjoyed this!
Malt cake ($6.90): This is a cake that looks better than it tastes. It was dry and hard and we were left disappointed.
Earl Grey tea cake ($5.90): A much better variant. Tea flavour was just nice, portion was quite big too.
When we arrived at the café, there was nobody at the entrance and everyone who was checking the place out was pretty confused whether we were supposed to just walk in or wait for someone to get us seats. So we walked in and saw the staff just sitting at the counter not really doing anything.
We ordered the Spaghetti Carbonara ($12.90), Truffle Fries ($8.90), a Flat White ($4) and Dark Hot Cocoa ($6.50). For the quality of food, it was VERY overpriced. Both the Spaghetti Carbonara and Truffle Fries were very bland and didn't taste good. I drank the Dark Hot Cocoa, which was pretty tasteless and thin - I was disappointed because this was supposedly recommended by someone else on HGW.
The only good thing about this place is the view of the main road at Somerset - you can people watch from the 3rd floor of Orchard Gateway. There is no service charge but because the food is so grossly overpriced for the quality that this basically cancels itself out.
Definitely wouldn't go back.
https://poohlovesfood.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/food-tasting-criollo-cocoa-cafe/ for the full review with pic
In a hidden corner up on Level 2 of Orchard Gateway sits this warm and lovely Criollo Cocoa cafe. The name of the cafe actually originates from the cocoa beans named Criollo and the location of the cafe was inspired by the idea of ‘People Watching’. The interior was clean, neat and spacious with tables adequately spaced out giving the customers sufficient space and privacy.
Their menu consists of a good mix of selections from starters to entrees to desserts to coffee/tea. Prices were quite comparable, ranging from $7-9 for the starters, $10-18 for their entrees and $6-9 for their desserts.
So we had the Big Breakfast to kick start our night. The scrambled eggs, toast and fresh fruits in yoghurt salad was commendable. The eggs was creamy, runny and flavorful; toast was buttery and sweet with sprinkles of sugar and the fruit yoghurt salad was light, healthy and refreshing with a mixture of fruits and granola. & you have a choice between pork bacon or turkey bacon! Really a good hearty combination i would love to have for my breakfast.
Portobello Mushroom ($12.90)
Seafood Laksa Pasta is my personal favorite for the night! Pan fried spaghetti with prawns, squid rings and mussels in special laksa sauce. When it was dished out to the table, the aroma was simply heavens. The gravy is so thick as though it’s your traditional laksa reduced to just a small amount of sauce under low heat, locking in the essences of the laksa. Best part was, i’m amazed how the laksa sauce has infused into each and every of the seafood and strands of spaghetti.
The Mixed Grilled Platter was a huge disappointment. I kind of expected for more variety and something for substantial. The platter came with 2 chicken skewer, 2 beef skewers and 2 black pepper chicken sausages accompanied by fries and coleslaw. The upside of the meats was that it’s not tough and chewy but the downside was that, the taste was not that flavorful and spectacular that it can be served as a dish on its own. Somehow it seems that the coleslaw has snatched the limelight away from the meats. The coleslaw was a tad much more tantalizing than the meats.
Chocolate waffle was one of their signature dessert. Served with a quartets of chocolate waffles and a scoop of chocolate gelato drizzled with dark chocolate sauce and maple syrup by the side. The waffles are towards the soft, spongy type which are more dense instead of the crispy, fluffy kind, which are lighter for the taste buds. It will definitely capture the heart of a chocolate lover. This dessert is suprisingly not too sweet but i find it a little too overwhelming with chocolate for my liking.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience dining in Criollo Cocoa Cafe, but more has to be done to create more value for the food in order to attract and retain more customers.
The food got cold fast because the aircon is too frigid. When we walked in, the sign that says Self Service gave us a shock.
We were the only customer so we were served but i guess when its crowded (i doubt) everything is self-served.
Chicken chop was normal. BLT portion is worth though. Cabonara was a little stinky? Due to the bacon i guess.
Turkey foccacia was average and slightly undercooked.
Vongole spagghetti was dry.
The vongole pasta was overdone; the pasta wasnt al dente and for a dish that costs $$, we expected it to be much better quality. They also only had one chef which made us wait for at least 30 minutes for all the food to arrive.
They also dont have chilli flakes which is very important for an aglio olio fan like me.