Love the food and the place. Cant wait to be back in person to dine in, but till then, supporting with takeaways and delivery orders!
It is not without some mixed feelings that I am writing this review; as it so happened, Ive been a repeat customer a few times and was just about to give this place a five star review when something quite curious, if bizarre, occurred (but more on that later).Situated on a street corner, the first thing that IMHO should earn this joint points is the fact that the menu selection is pretty good if youre into western treats... so much so it might evoke the chicken or egg question in more ways than one. Then again if youre gonna be this spoilt for choice in such a cozy café, its hard to single out which must have come first in the making of a dining experience so gratifying--the friendly service (two staff in particular are commendable in this regard) or the delectable food (my personal favorite is the baked rice; the Mentaiko salmon pasta is pretty good too).Then comes the reason why in spite of it all I will never visit again. On my last visit the lady boss seems to be out of sorts. At least there is no explicable reason for her shifting my table from out of left field just as I was about to eat... and this without so much as acknowledging the ostensible reason for doing so (AKA the 1-metre apart rule). I say ostensible because the table behind me was marked as not to be seated anyway... but then again, when your staff can have more cordiality than you seemingly with less effort than having to actually move tables, we have a problem. All told, its just a pretty outlandish encounter. And so now the only question involving chickens in my mind is--why would I cross any road to come here again when the owner herself seems to go out of her way to be so unnecessarily standoffish. Even so, I gotta give objectivity its due by still sticking with the plus points. After all, I truly did get served.P.S. this was a three star review, but I have since changed it to a one star in light of the owners response, to which I have the following to add: All her talk is just so disingenuous about guidelines and how her actions stem from an attempt at precluding the remotest possibility that some people still do not abide by rules and, willy-nilly, take the seat marked as buffer etc. I mean sure, theres always the slim chance someone might choose not to abide by rules like that, but its not as if she or her staff would ever sit idly by and allow such a thing to unfold. But even in such an imaginary scenario, it is ludicrous to assume the thought of targeting my table would sooner cross her mind than redirect the individual elsewhere. But now she is claiming she felt this overwhelming urge to rush over and move my table at a time when it was near closing hours, when the whole café was almost empty? But ok... lets still give her that. The question still remains: assuming her motive was really, as she claims, solely to maintain the 1-metre distance. Presumably it makes no difference which table she moved toward that end. That being so, which is the more logical and instinctual move? Coming over to my table as she did where I was about to eat or simply shift the empty one behind me which was not designated for seating to begin with? Evidently her obsession seemed more about moving my table per se than any concern whatsoever with social distancing. Now, I didnt mention this in the original review but the crux of the issue is simply this: she has been very bothered by my occasional chats with her staff and was just doing everything she could to move my table as far away as possible from the counter. To the extent that this is my response to the owners response, I have only a word of advice: sometimes in life it is better to own up to something rather than try in vain to deny the obvious. Because you just end up looking very inauthentic. And no one likes that.
Not good coffee, limited breakfast. Pastries looks sad.