This family- and dog-friendly café is so popular that you’ll be tripping over yapping pooches and snotty toddlers while fighting for your hard won seat. Run by the Les Amis Group and replacing their previous café here, Casa Verde’s menu comprises salads, pastas, pizzas, mains and Asian dishes. Service here can be rather slow when it gets really busy—but the food is not bad: We like the delicious bacon burger and the spaghetti carbonara. At night it turns into a trattoria with full table service and a different menu. But this is a hot spot because of its location and tai tai crowd rather than stellar food or service.
The cafe is undergoing renovation until October 2015.
This new, family-and dog‑friendly café set in the lovely Botanic Gardens is already so popular that you’ll be tripping over rows of yapping pooches, snotty toddlers and their tai-tai owners while fighting to get to your hard won seat. Run by the Les Amis Group and replacing their previous café here, Casa Verde has a good menu of salads, pastas, pizzas, mains and Asian dishes—and a very decent breakfast menu which it has quickly cultivated a following for.
A downside of being popular, however, is being busy—and having to cope with that, which the staff here clearly can’t. It wasn’t for lack of trying, they were all working hard; they were simply too few in number and not well trained enough to manage the demands of the rather high‑end clientele. We struggled to order, a task made harder by the fact that the staff taking orders were also making the drinks, which is fine in a fast food setting that serves mostly soft drinks and bad coffee; but not in a nice café that offers wine, freshly squeezed juices and brewed coffee. As a result our apple, carrot and celery juice came without apple and was all watery; our other drink was a Coke.
Our food was not bad: A delicious bacon burger with tons of bacon and a spaghetti carbonara with pasta cooked just right but with a salty sauce. This is one of those places in Singapore that will be a hot spot because of its attractive location and tai-tai crowd rather than stellar food or service.
|Address:||Casa Verde, Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre, 1 Cluny Rd., Singapore, 259569 Singapore|
|Open since:||October, 2008|
|Opening hours:||daily 7:30am-11pm|
|Alfresco, Reservation recommended: dinner only, Parking available: at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Takeaway available, Dress requirements: casual|
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