For all the hype on Dean & Delucca, my virginal visit was outright disappointing.
I dropped in for a quick bite as I have another dinner later that evening in Orchard Central but when I saw the pastries and the food display I couldn’t resist going for a burger. There were only 2 options, and I chose the Wagyu Portobello mushroom burger as it sounded really tantalizing based on the description.
When it arrived at my table it looked just as promising, save for the blackened edges on the bun. To me, it was an early sign of alarm and lack of attention to detail. How could you serve a customer a bun burned at the edges?
Anyhow I was too hungry to complain thus I proceeded to take my pictures quickly so I could tuck in as soon as possible.
Here’s my obligatory cross section shot of any burger I ate – Portobello Cheese Burger (SGD24 ++ – RM60++).
It looks really mouthwatering right?
The pinkish tinge of the patty promised juiciness and the ingredients of Gouda cheese, beef steak tomatoes and grilled portobello did elevate my expectations for the burger. So I was bought back to reality hard on my first bite as the patty was under-seasoned and overall if it’s possible to believe, pretty bland.
I had expected a thick slice of portobello but it was actually chopped pieces/slices of portobello. It came with a huge mould of fries as if to justify for its lack of taste.
I tried the pastry section next. Dean and Delucca stocks selected pastries from Baker & Cook (I’m not that familiar with this one) and Maison Kayser; which is one of my favourite bakery.
Since I wanted to try Dean & Delucca’s food, I chose a Valhorna Banana Muffin (SGD3.50 – RM10.50). Though it sounds good, the muffin was a tad dry and there wasn’t much chocolate nor banana in it.
So yes, what was the fuss about Dean and Delucca again?? I’m thankful that I didn’t buy more of the pastries.
Or perhaps there’s someone here that can enlighten me on a more delicious choice of order, if (a very big IF) I ever re-visit?