d'Good Cafe @ Holland Village13:54
I was meeting Jessica today to celebrate that she is now officially accepted in the company that she went to interview for!! So happy for her but feel sad at the same time too as she cannot be a free bird anymore :'( But anyway, the most important thing is she got a job already!!
d'Good Cafe is located at Holland Village. I am very familiar with that place as I lived there for a good two years before I move to my current permanent house. So after looking at the address and the map, I know right away where it is located.
It is along the DBS, Citibank, Maybank, Hatched and Starbucks shophouses that stretch. You know you are there when you see this:
Right after you go up the stairs, you will see two direction. If you go straight, you will see this counter "room" and if you turn left, you will see the dining "room". Note that I use the word "room" is because it was designed like that! You will understand what I mean when you go there.
So, of course we went to the counter to take our order first before seating down (we did peek inside the dining"room" to see if there were tables first). I was so in love with this cafe! The design is so vintage-is and "back to nature" kind of feeling. I feel so home too! The little details there are not to be missed! I could not stop taking pictures here and there while the staffs there were waiting to take my order!
Okay, we wanted to order 1 pizza and 1 pasta to share. I was then informed that I would need to wait for 35-40 minutes for the pizza. OH NO! We were famished and could not wait that long. We ended up ordering pasta. They offered us to take the promotion going on and that is: soup of the day + selected pasta + drinks = $20. So we thought it was a good deal as we were really hungry. We took the set for each of us.
Wall of testimony by their patrons on the polaroid films.
This is actually their coffee machine! So different from the normal rectangular shapes in normal cafes.
The seating on the second floor:
This is the one that I mentioned earlier which you turn left upon reaching the second floor, it is also where we sat on that day. Cuteness overloads! The swing facing the road, SO CUTEEE! It was not that crowded at that time. It was around 2 p.m.
Yes, that's Jessica standing in front of the swing.
We were given this round thingy that will ring when your order is done! I don't know what it is called, but I guess never mind! Hehehe!
The view from our swing!
This is the staircase to the third floor! Carry on reading to see what gem they have upstairs!
The whole design is nice, the staffs were quite friendly (not very, but still okay). The only thing that I was a little upset is about this. Yes, uncleared tables! Even the place that we were seating, it was filled with dirty plates and cups. We had to clear it ourselves too. They might want to strengthen on this side. If there were not enough staff, maybe they could implement the "clear before you go" kind of attitude in their customer?
Oh, there is no GST and service charge in this cafe. Clearing by ourselves is not a problem, but maybe they can make it easier by putting a small station where we can put the tray of dirty plates? Otherwise they gotta strengthen their manpower a little.
Jessica's cafe latte. I really don't know why most of my companion always drink cafe late!
Our soup of the day. Not really tasty, it was too diluted. I was not able to finish the bowl of soup.
Mushroom pasta with cream sauce
Here is the thing. Both of the pasta tasted the same, however in a not too good way. They added herbs inside the pasta. Although it was written there in the description of the pasta, but I didn't expect the taste of the herbs to be so strong. It may be nice to a minority of people, however I am not sure if everyone can accept the taste.
Yep, that's my soup over there, still has more than half.
This is my leftoever. The serving is standard, not too big, but I just couldn't take the taste. It was really very srtong.
Same goes to Jessica's Mushroom pasta. The mushroom was really tasteless even with the strong smell of the herbs.
I decided to try their waffles! I mean, there is bound be somehting nice from this place! Well, it turned out that this is not the one either. The waffle ($7) it was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, however it was so soft that it feels like it is not fully cooked yet. Maybe it is just how the texture is supposed to be. It is not too very worth of the money too as I thought the serving is too small, with only one whole piece of banana and 2 pieces of strawberry.
Going up to third floor...
The symbol of Holland Village, The Windmill!
I do hear that they serve quite a good coffee, I am not a coffee lover, so it's a nah for me. I woud suggest my friend to go there if we were to have a group discussion or do project! If you are alone, you don't have to worry as well as the place is quiet enough for you to study. Most improtantly, the place is really cozy and study-friendly!
The place is really nice and cosy! I would definitely go back there despite the food not to my liking. If only they serve normal standard cafe food, it will be perfect! But it's okay! I guess that's how they stand out from the rest of the cafe. They set their own trend!
There is a lift available from the first floor to go up to second and third floor. So when you feel lazy, you can always take the lift up to third floor to find a seat and then walk down to second floor to order.