I often think everything deserves a second chance and certainly two terrible experiences are negligible and at most, I’m not going blog about it. But three times I came Drury Lane and three times I walked out with regrets and in search of better food in the area.
I wonder how could they fool cafehoppers branding themselves as hipster cafe. Taking on the name Drury Lane of London when they clearly do not have any standards that could rival any food establishment there? The first time I down here, I thought the food was way affordable than other cafes within the vicinity. A place good to come if you’re working in the area looking for an air-conditioned lunch.
The second visit, was starting to disappoint me a little with their mediocre breakfast dish, Big 94 ($14.00) doesn’t appeal me. Tougher than meat jerkies bacons, lukewarm mushrooms and bland scrambled eggs on one blue plate. I reckoned I could do better with whatever leftovers I have in my kitchen. Perhaps their coffee and desserts are their saving grace? My brunch partner did told me he liked their Candy Bar Pie ($5.00) but now that I think of it, we deserved better than just layers of peanut butter, chocolate and salted caramel.
Because really. It just screams calories. I like to see things in a positive light so I told another brunch partner to just give this one place one last try, or my third visit. Our orders? Smoked Salmon & Mushroom Sandwich ($8.00) and Steak And Cheese Sandwich ($8.00). Both appeared on our table as if they were halfheartedly done.
Again, lukewarm food and unappealing presentation. I abide by a strictly no food wastage policy and imagine I have to stomach steak and cheese sandwich that tasted nothing like beef and cheese but only caramelised onions? I felt sorry for my partner having to stomach that pathetic not-so-fresh smoked salmon sandwich.
Terrible indeed especially when she trust me to be a food blogger, a title that is synonymous with the terms good food and pleasurable dining experience.Their service? Sloppy part timers who couldn’t give a damm on customer service – Inattentive and cold. I could understand how these youths think for I’m one. It’s just a job and I’m here to earn fast cash that’s all. But how about the owners? I doubt they care about their business since I don’t see the team appearing eager to serve people.
Do I even have to talk about the entire cleanliness of the cafe? I see dust and dirt everywhere, tables not properly wiped and dirty white walls. It’s worst than any army camp offices I’ve entered so far in my NS life.Now I have never gave a harsh and negative review of any food establishments. I focus more on the food and the drinks than the overall cafe itself. If it’s bad, I would still hushed it up and not write about paint them in a bad light. I thought cafes need time to adjust but three visits is enough from me.
I think I had enough of substandard cafes on this island. Singapore’s cafe culture is becoming more commercial driven than other countries. Everyone wants a share of the pie yet most of them don’t even have a signature desserts to call their own. And many more copy their concept and menu from local cafes. Hence, I feel no need to sugarcoat my words. From now onwards, if a place is bad, I will just tell you the truth and let you readers decide a go or no-go.For Drury Lane, I’m sorry. Even if you’re a lot more affordable than most cafes, I will be boycotting you and put you under the category Not Recommended. Until you changed or I hear good reviews from trust-worthy sources, I think you are not worth my money and calories.
PS: I will be revamping my entire writing style and re-compile all my cafe guides. I think only good cafes deserves a shout out and those without any standards ones should be let known and avoid.
94 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088515
Tel: +65 6222 6698