Craft Bistro... Holland Village is a very popular destination for both tourists and locals. Not only is it known for its interesting night...

Craft Bistro


Craft Bistro...

Holland Village is a very popular destination for both tourists and locals. Not only is it known for its interesting night life, it is also filled with diverse restaurants and cafes. Craft Bistro, otherwise referred as Craft Bakery & Cafe, is one of the many cafes located in Holland Village. I've already been here a few times before but my last experience with the cafe was so bad that I think it would probably be my last time visiting Craft Bistro. 

Two weeks ago, I called Craft Bistro to make a reservation for 24 people on the 6th of November at 8.30pm. They were quick to pick the phone up and the staff who answered was also very friendly. Three days later, they called me again to inform me that we had to spend a minimun of $15 per person as we were going to occupy half of their place. I could totally understand where the staff was coming from because I was also working in a restaurant but to be honest, I felt that her tone could be improved. 

On the actual day itself, I called them to inform that we will be 10 minutes late as we were caught up with our dance trainings. She sounded very angry and annoyed over the phone but I was too tired to argue with her. I rushed down immediately after class in my friend's car first as I was the one making the reservation. The rest went to take the public transport. When I was finally there, the senior staff or maybe the boss (I presumed as she was bossing everyone around) looked so angry and irritated. She passed us the menu and walked off. 

I felt very apologetic because all my dancers were late, so I decided to order some drinks and desserts to start off with. I ordered their Peanut Butter Molten Lava Cake, Lemon Meringue Tart, and Matcha Cheesecake. The Peanut Butter Molten Lava Cake was not very impressive. Chocolate was not flowing out from the lava cake when I cut it into half and it was not warm. Also, they just added peanut butter on top of the lava cake which I thought is uneccessary if they do not complement one another. It feels like I'm eating two seperate things altogether. The Matcha Cheesecake was pretty good. It was not too sweet and the cake was very moist. The Lemon Meringue Tart tasted the best, a very good mixture of sour and sweet which is very delightful to the tastebuds. The tart was also very crispy.

Their Lemon Meringue Tart is really good! Nice combination of sweet and sour!

After about 20 minutes later, everyone arrived and we ordered our mains. Of course, the staff was, as usual, pissed. She was staring at us most of the time and shouting at her colleagues. I tried to avoid having eye contact with her because I'm worried I will get myself into an argument with her if I do so. Her face was so black which tells me how disinterested she was in serving us. We were spending so much money in their cafe and this is the kind of service we get? It's really ridiculous! 

Their mains were pretty decent. I think we ordered almost everything on the menu and I will share some over here. I didn't quite like the Salted Egg Carbonara I ordered but some of my friends liked it. It tasted a bit weird to me and I couldn't taste the salted egg at all. The other pasta that we ordered was the Grilled Prawn Aglio Olio. It was not too bad and the prawns were huge and fresh. Other than the pastas, we also ordered their Cordon Bleu, Grilled Chicken, Beef Burger, Mushroom Burger, Fish & Chips, Har Jeong Kai Burger, Sandwiches, Truffle Fries, and Churros. Overall, everything tasted not too bad but I would strongly recommend their Beef Burger, Grilled Chicken, Har Jeong Kai and Churros. 

Grilled Prawn Aglio Olio - Prawns are really big and fresh.

Salted Egg Carbonara - Didn't quite like it but most of my friends do. Tasted a bit weird for me but you can try it for yourself!

Har Jeong Kai Burger and Fish & Chips 

I reckon I will not visit Craft Bistro anytime soon but I would sincerely hope to see an improvement in their service because good service is really very important. I would rather go to a place with good service that sells decent food than to one that sells delicious food but has bad service. 

Nearest Mrt Station: Holland Village 
Location: 24 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277683
What To Order: Har Jeong Kai Burger, Beef Burger, Grilled Chicken & Churros
Cafe Ratings: 2/5
Food Ratings: 7/10
Price: $6-$22

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai & @sgcafehopping)

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