We decided to pop by The Cathay to have some coffee after dinner. Hubby was keen to try out The Assembly Ground but there weren’t any seats available, so we left our contacts on the waiting list and went to explore the mall, as we were told that it would be a 45-minute wait.
Through this little exploration, we found this mall to be rather “healthy”… Vending machines for cups of fruits or freshly squeezed orange juice, anyone? It’s really fresh, because we got to see the unpeeled oranges make their move after someone fed the machine some notes! Wow!
There was no call from The Assembly Ground after we were done exploring the entire mall, so we decided to return back to check the queue. To our shock, we saw the staff welcoming people inside with obviously no reservations whatsoever! So I quickly enquired about the waiting list, and she took out a list where only less than half the names were crossed out. She explained in a rather apologetic manner that the kitchen was already closed and there were only drinks and cakes available. That was fine with us since we only wanted drinks, but I was rather displeased because whoever the staff in charge of the waiting list could have called up to inform about the available seats and whether we would still want to go over when the kitchen has closed, or at the point of us leaving our contacts, could have told us that the kitchen would be closing shortly and if we still want to be on the waiting list? That would have been sufficient information for us to decide if we wanted to hang around, or look for something else. Bad first impressions for us! 😦
Thankfully, the drinks here were quite good. Hubby had his favourite latte ($5) and he was actually quite pleased with it. It was “definitely nicer” than whatever we have back home. Haha! My hot green tea latte ($5.50) was bitter-sweet, though the sweet part was slightly cloying at times, but I enjoyed the bitter part!
We also like that the tables were quite far apart, giving each group sufficient privacy for conversations. If only the service was better…