16 Nov 2014 • 29 reviews • 0 follower
Criollo Cocoa Cafe, a relatively new establishment located at Orchard Gateway, which I’ve came to know of because of the cute foam art on their hot cocoa I saw on Instagram. From the day I first spotted the cup of hot cocoa, I vowed to pay this place a visit, even though I have no idea what they served or how good their food and drinks are.
The cafe is located at a quiet corner of Orchard Gateway, overlooking orchard road. A quiet and spacious place for you to sip on your coffee while people watching on the ideal kind of midday break. When we arrived at the cafe at about 6pm, it was totally empty, and when I mentioned that it was quiet, it was really quiet to the point when there were no servers or cashiers in sight even after we made ourselves at home for a good 5 minutes in the cafe.
We ordered a main each: A mixed grilled platter ($19.90) and Fish & Chips ($15.90). We were slightly disappointed when we found out that the side of fries served were not the truffle fries as mentioned by a couple of reviews.
Overall, I dare say this was my most disappointing visit to a cafe ever, even without much expectations for the place in the first place. The servers were inexperienced, the food was served cold, and extremely overpriced. I guess the fact that there is no GST and service charge may make things a little better, however, I doubt its nice view, good location and cute cup of chocolate would be able to make the experience any better.
Moreover, there were many items of the menu that were not available on that day, even their signature frozen hot chocolate (yes, you heard me right), which left us with even lesser options to choose from on the menu. I certainly do not recommend this place for a meal, perhaps a place for you to have coffee, if you really are desperate for some caffeine fix.
For a full review and pictures, visit: http://fatassbean.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/review-criollo-cocoa-cafe-orchard-gateway/