It was with feelings of anticipation and also trepidation that I’d made a reservation at Greyhound Cafe Singapore last week. If you’ve read my BKK blogposts, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Greyhound Cafe in Bangkok as their Fettuccini with Shrimp and Mushroom Cream Sauce is pure amazeballs. They get me every single time. So will Greyhound Cafe SG live up to expectations or will it fail miserably? As I walked towards the cafe, I saw one of their staff with a grey tshirt that says “If I can’t make you smile, then I failed”…
And right from the get-go, I think yup, they’re lucky I’m not reviewing the cafe for some food guide or they’d definitely fail. My Eatigo reservation was for 5pm, and by about 4.32pm or so, we’d already reached Paragon so I thought I’ll try my luck and go see if we will be seated early since it was Day 1 of Phase 2 and there were few diners at that time. Unfortunately, the dude whom I’m assuming is a supervisor (or manager) since he was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt and a black tie was unfriendly, bordering on rude. While my darling preferred to pleasantly ask if it would be possible to let us be seated at the table first since the place was nowhere near crowded, I just turned around and walked off.
Since we’d arranged to meet our pal, Steven, here for dinner, it would be a hassle to get a table elsewhere so we went back just before 5pm. And guess what… the QR code we had to scan was so tiny they had to have 2 red arrows pointing to it or else customers would miss it altogether. Why not just print a larger one then, so people don’t have to get so close in order to scan it?
Quite dumb really to have diners ‘bunch’ together just to scan this puny thing:
And the staff who took our temperature was reeking of cigarette smoke. I know the weather’s chilly these days. And yes, it’s Day 1 of Phase 2 so… give chance a bit now. But please wake up your idea k? 😛
Thankfully, there was 50% off via Eatigo or I’d have hated dining here. Service was lackluster especially after the dinner crowd came in. At one point, we almost had to get up and go serve ourselves more water.
We had Calamari Fritti ($13++ before discount) and it was decent. Rather addictive too. I’ll order this again…
My pal had the Tom Yum Soup ($14++) which came with ravioli (how interesting) and a large tiger prawn.
As we tried to avoid sharing food during this COVID-19 period, I did not get to taste the tom yum soup. My pal said it’s good though. And yes, it looks real appetizing, for sure.
My darling had the Spicy Muay Thai Burger (Beef) that costs $15++ and the fries are so good! That bottle of mustard he’s holding leaked pale yellow ‘water’ and nothing else.
As for dessert, which was a real killer, we had Mango with Sticky Rice ($9++) and we had to ask for serving plates because nobody took the initiative of providing extra plates. Strange how they brought 3 forks but not the plates.
And the mango was SO SOUR! So this dessert was ruined. I’ve never had such sour mango – really appalling.
As for drinks, the lychee juice I wanted was not available (but staff taking my order did not know) and my dining companions had lemongrass tea ($5.50) and warm water ($1, refillable).
There was a hiccup with payment as well. When I’d called in the morning to check if my Eatigo reservation was reflected in the cafe’s system, the guy who answered the call said they were aware and knew that I’d even included a $5 Eatigo voucher.
But when it was time to make payment, they did not deduct that $5. And thankfully I’d checked the receipt (as my darling had made the payment without my knowledge) and noticed the discrepancy. Then we had to get the attention of the staff and have them void the transaction and swipe the credit card again. (@_@)
Would I return to Greyhound Cafe SG? Highly unlikely. So I won’t even bother leaving the address and contact number below.
I’m not sure why they’re so fantastic over in Bangkok but here… the food just does not match up. Was there a proper transfer of skills?
I think I’ll just save my money for my next trip to BKK. I’ll need at least 2 meals over at Greyhound Cafe in BKK. 🙂