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.
Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 22:00
Sun & PH: 10:00 - 22:00
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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.