I have been wanting to try Cafe Cartel and have been putting off the idea for months until Baby and I decided to try out their desserts. The Cafe Cartel that we went to was the one located at Serangoon NeX. It opens for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and they are open until 12am on weekends for desserts! So, anyway, we decided to go for desserts because they are offering a 50% discount on their cakes/desserts/coffee beverages from 9pm daily!
What We Ordered
Blackforest Cake $3.40
Chocolate Cheese Cake $3.40
Eastside Chocolate Brownies with Chocolate Ice-Cream $5.25
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake $3.40
Maple Caramel Latte $3.15
The Dining Ambience
Overall Dining Experience
By the way, we dined there twice for desserts and we had such a pleasant experience that we definitely would be visiting Cafe Cartel again. In fact, the price for desserts after 9PM is really worth it; given the quiet ambience and the quality of the desserts. If you’re planning for a gathering and you’re looking for a venue, you might just want to consider Cafe Cartel as they have huge space available to accommodate big groups of people. I shan’t really comment much on the quality of the desserts as I believe you should be able to tell it straight from the pictures.
The next time I visit Cafe Cartel, I will definitely want to try their hearty breakfast set!
today, I am going to put up a food review on LENAS Restaurant @ Serangoon NeX Shopping Mall.
Why We Decided to Dine at LENAS?
Alright, Baby and I made a decision that the both of us will try every food outlet there is at NeX and so, we decided to try LENAS out this time again (yes, it’s our second time dining here).
What’s So Special About LENAS?
The dining ambience of the restaurant is totally cosy and warm. There are also seats by the window of which you can get a good look of Serangoon (not that Serangoon has anything to view either). And because it is a brand concept under Ministry of Food (M.O.F), you can also use the Citizen Membership Card here for dining discounts and rebates too. The service level is good but it hasn’t really exceeded my expectations yet because it takes a while for service staffs to respond (even when you wave your hands frantically). The variety of food, beverage, and desserts choices simply blown us away as there were many (and yes I mean extremely many) items you could choose from. The cuisine served is mainly Western.
Is it Expensive to Dine There?
The cost of dining at LENAS is rather reasonable. Our bill for the first visit was around $30 and our bill for the second visit was around $50+.
What Are the Privileges of Being A Citizen Member?
Ok, you MUST sign up for the Citizen Membership Card! The perks are really good, way better than what ThaiExpress or New York New York could offer.
10% off total bill.
20% off on selected meal of the day and dessert.
Free Tea or Coffee every time you visit the outlet.
Additional 2% Citizen Rebate Dollars for your next visit.
Complimentary dessert during your Birthday Month in one of your visits.
Discounts at overseas branches.
Waiver of Citizenship renewal fee with minimum spending of S$600 within 2 years.
And ALL THIS ONLY FOR $10 For A 2 Years Membership!
Alright, So What Did We Ordered During Our Visits?
Psst. Pictures on my blog are all taken by Baby. So if you want to hire her for photography, do contact me! =P
There are a variety of food, drinks, and desserts choices that you can choose from at LENAS. It will probably take you a couple of visits to try all of them!
Spaghetti Served with Grilled Chicken and Coleslaw (Kids Meal)
Although this dish was meant to be a kids meal, the portion is still pretty huge and Baby couldn’t finish them. And so, I helped to finish it. The chicken was crispy and the spaghetti was cooked al-dente. The tomato sauce used was good but it could be better if they added some minced meat like chicken, beef, or pork.
Spicy Grilled Chicken Served with Colesaw and Corn
When they said spicy. It really meant SPICY. The chicken was grilled nicely but what probably disappointed me was that the chicken was served warm and not piping hot. The coleslaw was huge and the corn wasn’t that sweet tasting as the one Aston had.
Cream of Mushroom Soup Served in Sour Bread Bowl
This is one dish you ought to order if you love creamy mushroom soup. The soup tasted really fresh and the Sour Bread complements the soup pretty well. It’s a pity the portion of soup served is pretty small for the price of $8.90!
White Wine Seafood Deluxe Spaghetti
I have tried something similar at Pastamania but I find that the White Wine Seafood Deluxe Spaghetti served at LENAS is way better. The spaghetti is cooked al-dente and the seafood were pretty fresh. The “soupy” sauce goes well with the seafood as white wine is added. The aroma blended pretty well with the dish. It’s a pity the portion is too small for me.
Grilled Chicken serve with Cheesy Baked Rice
After choosing for quite some time, Baby decided to have the Grilled Chicken served with Cheesy Baked Rice. The grilled chicken was firm in texture and it tasted really good. As I’m not a fan of cheese, I can’t really comment much but Baby said that the cheese was nicely cooked as it had the “springy” effect when she scoops up the rice. I must admit though, it looks pretty appetising.
Craneberry Juice with Mixed Berries and Strawberry Ice-Cream
The cool thing about LENAS is that they always have promotions every other day. As we visited LENAS on a Wednesday Night, they had a Ladies Night Promotion where Ladies are entitled to a free milk-tea drink or free fruit-juice drink. And so, Baby decided to have this. Although the strawberry ice-cream and mixed berries were very tantalising, the cranberry juice tasted extremely sour. So, I guess we won’t be ordering any cranberry drinks from LENAS the next time we visit.
Fried Bananas Served with Chocolate Ice-Cream
There were many desserts to choose from and alas, I decided to settle for this. I liked the fried-bananas as they were deep-fried in light batter until golden brown, and when I took a bite of it with the chocolate sauce that was drizzled over, it tasted very heavenly. The chocolate ice-cream complements the fried-bananas pretty well because while the fried-bananas were hot, the chocolate ice-cream was cold (just how warm brownies are served with ice-creams)!
Well, it is worth a visit to LENAS and we will definitely be going back there to try their high-tea desserts buffet!