Awfully Chocolate at Vivocity: How Service Standards Have Dropped

Awfully Chocolate - Vivocity

After dinner at Jamie’s Italian (Vivocity), I had ice cream at Awfully Chocolate with my pal Steven and his wife. They shared the chocolate mille crepe while I had hei ice cream, which is my all-time fav.

Awfully Chocolate - Vivocity

It DOES look like a lot of work went into producing the mille crepe. However… it is tasteless. When I tried this after eating my ice cream, I really found this unappetizing. Steven and Melinda didn’t manage to finish this even with my “help”.

And the staff (two young ladies more preoccupied with chatting than serving customers) forgot about my ice cream. Though I had ONLY JUST placed my order. Hmm. I had to walk up to the counter to remind them.

And the ice cream was served like this…

Awfully Chocolate - Vivocity

Yup, that messy tub with a plastic spoon stuck into the ice cream at an odd angle, and with a slash down the middle. *slow clap*

I found the color of the ice cream a shade lighter than usual – they probably added less cocoa this time. It still tastes good though. Better than it looks, for sure.

Will I be back again? Probably not.

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Awfully Chocolate seems to have a problem with staffing, or more accurately, staff who don’t give two hoots about good service, or about their jobs.

The last time I had Awfully Chocolate ice cream was at their Tampines One branch. The staff seemed to be ignoring customers because they were so busy chatting. I overheard their discussion about someone’s boyfriend, how they wanted to exchange handphone numbers, and was also made to feel sorry for interrupting their chat. A blunder made while counting out the change for me resulted in me getting a huge discount off my ice cream. Thank you, ladies. You would have noticed me frowning at the change I received if you had not been so eager to leave the counter and resume your chat. Oh well.

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Food Reviews: Spicy Thai Thai Cafe & NineThirty by Awfully Chocolate

Located at Blk 115 of Aljunied Avenue 2 is Spicy Thai – Thai Cafe. I used to frequent this area when I was a kid because my parents go to the church just around the corner every Sunday. 🙂

The cafe (though it’s more like a restaurant) is housed in a nondescript building, and not exactly very near to any MRT station, but if you love Thai food, you’ll probably like what is served here.

Here’s what I tried at the food tasting session:

BBQ Chicken Wing (4pc $6, 6pc $9), BBQ Pork Neck $10, Stir-fry Baby Kailan with Pork Belly $10, fried fish that is not in the menu 😀

The chicken wings and BBQ pork neck are a ‘must try’! 😀

Spicy Thai Thai Cafe

Prawn Cake $2/pc, Stir-fry Phad Thai with Seafood $6:

Spicy Thai Thai Cafe

Hommok Thai Style Otak $15

I love the Otak, and especially the presentation (otak served in coconut husk – what a pleasant surprise!)

Spicy Thai Thai Cafe

Spicy Thai Thai Cafe

Desserts: Sticky Glutinous Rice with Mango $6, Thai Red Ruby $3.50, Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera Cubes & Calamansi $1.50

The desserts here are REALLY, REALLY GOOD! Even if you’re stuffed from the meal (like I was), you will STILL want to finish all the dessert!

Spicy Thai Thai Cafe

Spicy Thai – Thai Cafe: Blk 115, Aljunied Ave 2, #01-35

67478558 https://www.facebook.com/SpicyThaiThaiCafe

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NineThirty by Awfully Chocolate

I popped by NineThirty previously, before an ice-cream coffee workshop with Haagen-Dazs / illy, and could pat myself on the back after for making such an awesome decision! The food here is delicious, save for one salad. And the 1-for-1 weekday lunch promotion is just too good to be true! For $30++, select 2 mains and either a soup or salad together with each main. [Only at the Esplanade outlet, I believe!]

The Salads:

Warmed Sio Bak Salad: Pan seared pork belly, grilled watermelon, wild rocket, Thai chilli dressing $12

*The only disappointment here. It came with TOO MUCH salt on top! I had to spit out what I put into my mouth. The staff later got most of the salt out, I believe, but the dish was just off by then.

NineThirty by Awfully Chocolate

Tandoori Chicken Salad: Char-grilled tandoori chicken, green apples, cherry tomatoes, avocado, mesculan salad $12

Very yummy! Definitely order this!

NineThirty by Awfully Chocolate

The VERY YUMMY Mains:

Satay Babi: Char-grilled pork belly, peanut sauce, pineapple salsa, served with buttered rice $20

Unbelievably good! I’m not going to say more. You just have to try this!

NineThirty by Awfully Chocolate

Fish & Chips: truffle infused dory fish & truffle fries $18

One of the best fish & chips I’ve had in SG so far! 🙂

NineThirty by Awfully Chocolate

With the 1-for-1 promo going on till end of this year, I think I’ll be heading back many more times. 😀

NineThirty by Awfully Chocolate, #02-14, Esplanade, 8 Raffles Avenue.

6336 9563

Awfully Chocolate: Dark Chocolate Truffles and Chocolate Flourless Cake

Delighted with my Shape Run 2013 results, I went to Awfully Chocolate at Tampines 1 to reward myself with some truffles and cake. Totally didn’t ask about the pricing as I never used to think that Awfully Chocolate is awfully pricey.

Awfully Chocolate dark chocolate truffles and chocolate flourless cake

The end result: For 2 small boxes of truffles (7 pieces each, and 98g per box) and 1 slice of flourless cake, I paid S$33.25. Quite shocking.

The slice of cake cost S$6.80 (reasonable since it’s apparently flourless) but the truffles came up to about S$2 PER PIECE/CUBE. A little bit difficult to swallow. 😀

Were the truffles or cake worth the price I paid? Nope.

I’ll stick to the Hei ice-cream and the usual range of cakes from Awfully Chocolate next time. *wink*

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Note to self: Always ask about the pricing and quantity before placing your order to avoid bill shocks. 😀