Another day, another review! This cafe has the potential to be absolutely amazing- really quaint and cute- and a place I’d probably spend hours working and splashing the cash on coffees, lunch and other treats throughout the day. Unfortunately though it just does not live up to what it could be.
Located on the Gzira Strand next to Subway, it overlooks the marina giving you a gorgeous view of yachts and palm trees whilst you eat. Whilst small inside it is perfectly formed. The decor is adorable, all chocolate brown and cream with lots of yummy looking home made cakes on display (more on those further down!) and a choice of ice creams and fun extra toppings.
The menu is mainly lunch based with sandwiches, salads and sweets and has a nice variety. The prices are a mixed bag- some are really reasonable whilst others are pretty extortionate. For example a plain croissant with a pot of chocolate is €2.50 (and I didn’t get the chocolate!) compared to the exact same item at ID Cafe in Sliema for €1.60.
We’ve eaten there a few times and I’ve been disappointed with the food every single time. First I got a takeaway and I went for a wrap which cost €7.50 and was absolutely tiny. I think wraps are glorified sandwiches so to charge that much for them they’d need to be pretty special! It was meh- OK- but definitely not big or good enough for the price.
Joe has had the English breakfast which seemed fairly reasonable at €3.95 but it took over 45 minutes to come and was cold and tiny when it did arrive. That same day I had an omelette with mushrooms, ham and cheese. This was on the menu at €4.95 which I thought was an absolute bargain- until it arrived. 45 minute wait later and it was also cold.
Usually when I have an omelette with added ingredients they’re sort of mixed in with the egg- however I was served a thin layer of omelette wrapped around some ham, cheese and mushrooms. Never seen anything like it! It wasn’t quite what I was after, as it was cold the cheese didn’t melt and you had to pretty much eat them as separate items as they weren’t all mixed together and you couldn’t fit everything on the fork.
So we thought we’d give it one more go recently by trying something simple like coffee and a cake. Their food might not be great but we hoped it’d at least be good as somewhere local to go for a treat. But it just wasn’t to be!
We got a cappuccino each which was pretty rancid. It tasted like I was drinking pure liquid coffee- as if it had been melted without any water or milk! It wasn’t smooth and milky and a bit chocolatey as a cappuccino should be. I drowned it in sugar but it was a struggle. To eat we had the home made chocolate fudge cake. Can’t go wrong with that surely? Oh, but yes you can! Joe described it as tasting like gasoline and I can’t really give a better descriptive word. It was a bit… plastic tasting. It had red berries on the top which were absolutely delicious but some still had huge stalks on them- and no one wants a mouthful of twig when they’re having their cake and eating it! Maybe one small stalk I could forgive but I found about 3, one of which was 2+ inches long hiding in the chocolate!
I truly believe this place has the potential to be wonderful but the food is a massive let down. However according to the reviews on Trip Advisor it’s the best place to eat on the island. So what the Hell do I know!