21 Oct 2015
I have been coming here for years. From the time I was an undergraduate, to my first job, and my bf and I even had our first date here! (: I've brought my family here numerous times, both local and from overseas. This place holds so many memories for me! Above everything else, the best thing is we can bring Rocco our baby chihuahua to eat with us! (:
The food always brings a warmth to my heart. Good portions, beverages always creative, and the menu changes from time to time. They also have weekly and daily specials. No two visits are ever the same, which is why I keep coming back!
It's hard for me to describe the taste of the food, except that I love it and sometimes -you can ask my bf- I actually have dreams about the food hahaaa! All I can say is that they have mastered the art of producing home-cooked tasting food, without all the commercialized taste. Even the premises feels like someone's home. That someone being my grandpa. While some of my friends call it "run-down" (rude!!) , I rather say it's "derelict chic".
I had the pleasure of speaking to (I think) one of the owners last weekend and learned they are soon celebrating their 9th anniversary. Wahh, I commend their resilience! The Garden Slug is what I call a first-wave cafe, before all the hipster places sprouted up. And to be able to survive this long - they must be doing something right! Most places close down within a year of opening.
I also love the witty banter on their social media like twitter and facebook. They sometimes run little competitions and giveaways. In the years I've been following, I've actually won two contests! :P
The Garden Slug constantly evolves and I am not only stoked but also honoured to be able to witness this evolution. Times are a little hard for all retail these days, not just with world market but also haze!!! I just hope my favourite chillax place will continue to stay strong through these trying times.
My favourite dish is the aglio olio and I always ask to add lots of veggeis and shrimp! My favourite drink used to be the peach soda but now I cannot get enough of the Red Velvet juice.
Recently they have launched some new loose leaf teas, where I can sniff and try to blend my own. I only learned of it after I had ended my meal last time. That's the next I'm going to try the next visit!
Just only one thing for the Slug - I really do wish you would do delivery! (: