If you guys have been following me on my Instagram @samanthajoyloh, you'd have seen the name Criollo Cocoa appear there (as seen in photo above, that was my first visit)! I was, at that time, invited to go try their lunch tasting and try out some latte art, hence I created a latte-art bear hehe.
This time, I'm back with a review on their brunch menu! I know you guys don't know me as someone who writes about food (though I did have one foodie's day post before) and I am definitely no gastronomy aficionado... but who better to explain to the masses about a cafe, than one who IS part of the masses? ;) hahaha. I mean, everyone prefers to hear food reviews from the point of a real customer right ? So let's begin!
Criollo Cocoa is named after a premium cocoa bean used for premium chocolate. The cafe itself, which is located at Orchard Gateway Level 2, aims to be a relaxing oasis in the midst of the bustling Orchard Road.
Their promise to customers is to serve big breakfasts, burgers, pastas, and waffles with a twist: and it was with that promise in mind that I headed down to the meal in store for me. :)
Here is a quick look at their menu if you'd be interested!
Personally, my eyes are very much drawn to the Piperade, Smoked Duck Aglio Olio, and the Mixed Grilled Platter! I never got to try them out but everytime I see these names my mouth automatically begins to salivate haha! The prices for these are pretty typical at $13-$18.. but don't worry! There's a price range for everyone.
Because... for the students.. well I suppose more of poly/university students who have flexible schedules, the lunch menu (which runs 11am - 3pm from Mondays to Fridays) is what I would think to be highly attractive! Scrambled eggs with Toasts are only $4 and the Ratatouille Toast with Scrambled Eggs only go for $5.90!? That's really affordable, especially at such a nice cafe.
But if you'd like something heavier... well let me introduce you to.......
In fact, a Veggie Breakfast is in the works to come out this September so as to provide a healthier, low salt, low fat option to those who'd like to watch their diet. :)
OFFER: for the Big Breakfast, it is currently available at $12 nett (R.P $17.90) for the SG50 promotion until end of September!
Next is the Double Cheese Egg Toastie (R.P. $8.90)! What it is is creamy scrambled eggs with mushrooms and onions, topped with mozzarella and monterey cheese on ciabatta toast.
And... I gotta admit it tastes much better than it looks. I'm typically a no-cheese person. The closest I come to liking cheese is that dust on cheezels hahaha. I don't even really like cheese on my pizza, yeah. But! This toastie which combined the eggs and cheese so well, really actually got me liking it! No joke. But it's possibly also cause of the onions - I have a soft spot for onions. ;)
P/S: Due to all the photo taking.. we ate the toasties cold lol! I still liked it though, so I can imagine it being so much better when it's fresh from the kitchen!
The Criollo Combo XL Burger (R.P $18.90) is Criollo Cocoa's house creation! It comes loaded with one BEEF and CHICKEN patty.. so that's 2 patties lol, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, fried egg, lettice, tomato slices and served on toasted brioche bun.
Extra add-ons are available are available for those who wish to further customize their burgers! :) But condiments like tomato ketchup, mayo, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, and ranch dressings are availble at no extra cost - all in the bid to help you create the "one of a kind" burger that you've also dreamed of having.
I thought the flavors were actually pretty rich and the beef was very tender. I tend to dislike beef which I end up chewing for days on end (if it's not a steak) and I thought the stew and carrots all complemented each other nicely.
WEEKDAY DINNER OFFER: from Monday to Friday (6pm onwards), a free 25ml bottle of Val de Rance Cider will come with every order of The Chef's Beef Stew (R.P. $16.90). Promotion till end of September.
The last but not least... is the Fruit Waffle (R.P. $12.90)! The waffle is freshly baked, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, seasonal fruits and maple syrup. :)
My friends actually know me as a no dessert person... so they say my boyfriend is very lucky lol! I don't make him queue for desserts like llao llao or yami yoghurt or honey creme.. so on.. haha. I'd much rather swim in a pool of potato chips HAHA.
So honestly, the fruit waffle wasn't my favorite. I can see many people who like waffles and ice cream swooning over this and the chocolate waffle shown at the top. When I went for the first tasting, all the girls beside me were swooning.
Nonetheless, facts are facts. The waffles, along with the ice cream, are all MADE IN-HOUSE, meaning no pre-packed food! The amount of sincerity is winning enough. And admittedly the waffles were fluffy and the ice cream packed a good flavor. I'm not sweets person, but I can see that this would really whet appetites.
|Here's me with Shenny, my dinner date! ;)|
P/S: Some photos were taken with Shenny's camera haha! Hers seems so much better than mine... *sobs*
OFFER: all customers who are able to quiote the existing promo code will get a 20% discount off the total bill till end of September (excluding items which are already on offer).
PSST: Promo code is C20%4Nuffnang