Corduroy Café at VivoCity is no different from the rest of the joints in the Corduroy & Finch network. Just like Corduroy & Finch along Bukit Timah Road and the now defunct Uberburger, I give it top marks for ambience, but where it matters (to us, anyway) – the food and the service – it falls woefully short.
We were on leave on Friday, and were strolling around VivoCity trying to find a place for brunch before watching Ratatouille (good show!). A felt like sandwiches, so we decided to give Corduroy Café another try. The last time we came here was for supper, so we didn’t get to sample much of the food.
I was immediately a bit put off by the fact that everything that I wanted to order wasn’t available. There was no pate, and there wasn't any panini for my steak sandwich so I had to have it on ciabatta instead.
When my sandwich eventually arrived (long after A had finished his sandwiches), it was ok but nothing special. The ciabatta was over toasted, and the steak was a bit tough and dry, and not particularly flavourful. Only the sautéed mushrooms and cheddar cheese saved it. Give me the steak sandwich at Tuckshop any time.
A was craving something, anything, with smoked salmon, and surprisingly there was nary a smoked salmon sandwich on the menu. We eventually spotted some finger sandwiches in the display counter - $2 each and $10 for 6 – so we got a selection of them. Smoked salmon, salami, chicken & cucumber and mushroom. The toppings were good but nothing spectacular, and the scrambled egg just tumbled everywhere when we tried to bite it.
I must say that the décor of the place is lovely, and the view of the sea is quite stunning. But the food itself is vastly overrated. Maybe it’s more of a dessert place than a place for savoury fare, but I’m not sure that we’ll be back to give their desserts a try.
The sandwiches were really good, but not something I’d specifically go for. This is probably a cool place for dessert, but I’d skip the food. The milkshake is over rated as well.
1 Harbourfront Walk
Sunday to Thursday & Public Holidays: 10.30 am to 11 pm
Friday, Saturday & Eve of Public Holidays: 10.30 am to 12 am