Marks & Spencer, I love your cookies and stuff. Okay. So… Marks & Spencer has unveiled its world’s first table service M&S Café at Wheelock Place.
The 60-seater café is located near the Food Hall of the store, with a menu which includes a selection of hot meals such as British classics of Fish & Chips, afternoon tea, snacks and drinks.
You could tell that the service staff was really trying to best, to handle orders, to pacify customers for longer than usual waiting times, commit to an act balancing as they brought food down a possibly slippery flight of steps.
There were occasional sounds of broken utensils and fallen glasses. The cashier cum service counter cum clearing station was a narrow space of mess. Hopefully they could get that settled out soon.
But that wasn’t the largest problem.
Coffee wise, do not come expecting coffee art. And this reminded us of…
Anyway, the offerings include a selection of Breakfast items such as Cereal & Porridge ($4.90), Cheese & Tomato Croissant ($7.90), Soups ($5.90), Salads ($10.90 – $16.90), Sandwiches ($11.90 – $14.90), Pasta ($10.90 – $15.90), Pizza ($17.90 – $19.90), Desserts and Cakes ($6.90 – $8.90).
The recommended dish was of course the signature Fish & Chips ($14.90), of battered fish, served with chips and petit pois (small green peas).
Its plain presentation reminded us of food from that Scandinavian furnishing shop. The fries turned soggy, and peas plain as though they were merely boiled in water. Fried fish was averagely acceptable… though saved by ketchup.
It is their star dish. This is a British company. They ought to get it right.”
The Eggs Royale ($15.90) looked like it was cooked in a rush, and as if the poached eggs were doing a Joseph Schooling in a pool of hollandaise sauce.
I do think the food could be saved, perhaps in time to come.
The base taste of the supposedly freshly baked scone ($5.90) was actually okay, but was somehow dry, though fortunately not tough. And oh, what’s with the black specks all around?
A slice of Walnut Chocolate Cake a friend ordered, was described as, ”Bleh, so dry. The frosting so sugary sweet.”
I ordered a salad which went MIA. Was only told it was sold out after we finished everything.
Come to think of it. The Fish & Chips was probably the best thing we had. And I was glad in the end my salad didn’t come.
501 Orchard Road #01-01 Wheelock Place Singapore 238880 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6733 8122
Opening hours: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm (Sun – Thu), 8:30 am – 10:30 pm (Fri – Sat)