O Romeo, Romeo, Where For Art Thou?
January 18, 2011 § 10 Comments
This past weekend, Maple had a blind date with two very handsome eligible bachelors named Brownie (left) and Cabbage (right). Brownie’s mom kindly organized the meet-up and Cabbage’s parents also turned up for the fun. We were all meeting one another for the first time and I think everybody enjoyed exchanging ‘parenting’ tips and stories.
The venue of choice was Doggie Style Cafe, situated on Level 4R (accessible via the designated ‘Pet Lift’) of the newly constructed NEX shopping mall in Serangoon. As it was a Sunday afternoon, the cafe was bustling with people and their canines. Fortunately, our group managed to find enough seats and spent a good hour or so chatting and gushing over one another’s furkids within the airy and brightly-lit cafe. I found the eclectic mix of furnishings very charming and the publicly available doggie litter box (to be used for emergencies) amusing. There is also an enclosed grooming salon within the cafe; several owners could be seen enjoying their meals while their pooches got trimmed.
Doggie Style Cafe offers quite an extensive human menu, but a surprisingly limited mutts menu. MM and I tried out the Rootbeer Float (S$5.50) and ordered the Doggie Siew Mai (S$5.90 for 5 pcs) to share with Brownie and Cabbage. The Rootbeer Float was a big miss—I don’t think we would order that again on our next visit. The Doggie Siew Mai was served piping hot, so it is advisable to let it cool down before feeding it to your dogs. Maple gobbled every last bit of the Siew Mai! [Note: Poor Maple had diarrhea the morning after and pieces of undigested Siew Mai passed through. We certainly won’t be trying the Siew Mai again either. I hope Brownie and Cabbage had a better experience with their treats.]
As for the level of customer service at Doggie Style Cafe, I felt there could be improvement given the lack of attention paid towards pee and poo accidents on the floor as well as runaway dogs that escaped from the grooming salon and almost made a break for freedom. In this case, however, I’ll give the staff some benefit of the doubt, granted that it was a busy Sunday afternoon.
After the snack we all decided to let our poodles burn off some calories at the doggie agility playground, which is conveniently located just steps away from the cafe. Maple, Brownie, and Cabbage had a wild time testing out the various equipment and making a spectacle of themselves in front of curious bystanders. [Note: There will be a separate post in which I will review this doggie agility playground, so do look out for it.]