Monday, July 30, 2012

The Languid Outback at Cafe Melba

After a tough day at work, Cuchi decided that it was time for an escape to the comforting embrace of the languid outback, Aussie-style, at the month-old Cafe Melba with her "Australasian and European menu". 

Located in the midst of lush greenery fronting a huge field, the lions luxuriated in the serene ambience and opted to sit alfresco-style as night fell. Being close to nature was indeed therapeutic, as the lion couple happily flipped through the extensive menu. They delightfully noted that weekend brunch was available, calling for a re-visit with friends. The long rustic wooden tables and benches could accommodate many sessions of communal dining and bonding.

Breezy, casual and laid-back atmosphere with high ceilings and
alfresco area facing inviting greens.
Rustic long benches for chilling out with family and friends.

Romantic candle-light dinner with a lovely vase of fragrant
fresh greens.
Admiring the vast green  field as night falls.
Cheery colours adorn the interior with rustic vintage

Chef flexing his skills with pizzas made ala minute.

Escape the balmy weather in the cosy
air-conditioned interior.
Savouring Cafe Melba's Flat White
made with a huge heart :)
Cute Cute prefers his coffee unadulterated -
Long Black
is his caffeine of choice.
Straight forward haddock and chips - hmm what could go wrong
you might ask? Well, it was rather bland, only saved
by accompanying the tartar sauce.

Aussie curry puff! Not! It's a seafood pizza calzone stuffed
with generous helpings of prawns, sliced squids and fish.
A real decent rendition of the Italian favourite.
Overall, Cute Cute and Cuchi agreed that the food needed improvement; perhaps it was due to teething issues as the cafe as barely a month old and service was rather patchy. The prices were also a little on the steep side. However, nobody could deny the magical ambience and the lions would return again for the pretty decent coffee and to try out the brunch menu with friends.

Average food aside, Cafe Melba is a good casual hideout to catch up with friends and the vast space makes it very kid-friendly as well. Animal lovers can also rejoice as the place welcomes furry friends.

Here is our rating
Food: 6.5 pawprints out of 10
Coffee: 7 pawprints out of 10
Ambience: 9 pawprints out of 10

For those who are interested in going there, here is the address:

Cafe Melba
90 Goodman Road
#01-56 Goodman Arts Centre Block N
Singapore 439053

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