In case you don’t already know - I really love Pizza and Pastas. All types. Basically, I adore la cucina Italiana! So, needless to add - I’d travel the face of this Earth just to check out the best pizza and pasta eateries there is to offer.
And, I found several in Singapore! But today, I’d write about the Skinny Pizza chain of restaurants. We love to frequent the ones in Raffles City Shopping Center or in the quieter Wheelock Place - when I wish to escape the paparazzi’s prying lenses! Ha…Just kidding. It’s quieter at Wheelock Place because sometimes you just want to go far away from the maddening crowd, ya know?
Let’s start with the service level at these eateries. I mean, for the price we are paying to dine here, I DO expect SOME attentive service! Honestly, the service staff in Singapore should be sent away to a boot camp in the USA to learn how those service staff go about in their daily job/business! The service staff here are all soooo spoilt BECAUSE a 10% mandatory service charge has already been slapped onto your bill when you dine in ANY restaurants/cafes/eateries in Singapore. So these service staff have taken things for granted. Bad, BAD idea to slap a mandatory 10% service charge on our bills, Singapore Government!!
Anyway, ‘nuff said about the service staff here in Singapore! The service at Skinny Pizza @Raffles City is a notch better. The servers over at Wheelock Place doesn’t seem interested to make our meal enjoyable. At. All. Oh..and they can be soooo defensive too, these Malay girls!
This is in relation to the complaint my dinner companion made about the soggy Vietnamese Coconut Poached Chicken Pizza (cost S$22.00) served. The service staff’s response “Sir, it’s soggy because you didn’t eat it quickly enough!” Bad, BAD argument, girl! My friend ate his pizza like 3 minutes after it was put on our table. See what I mean about these argumentative servers over at the Wheelock Place branch? I normally keep quiet in such situations but when the server kept on being defensive and my friend refused to back down… Great! I had to step in and tell the server (a Malay girl…and really, I’m not being a racist here) to basically - SHUT UP!
So, minus-10 points if I have to rate the service at the Wheelock Place outlet. It’s bad! Skinny Pizza Management Team - Train your servers well and indoctrinate them with this motto - Customers are seldom wrong! Or you’ll start losing your valued customers - like us.
Alright, now that I’ve got the bad service off my chest… let’s get down to the food.
We thought the pizzas served at Skinny Pizza is pretty unique. Most of the 12-inch pizzas come in wafer-thin crust (literally, wafer-thin!).
The Squid Ink Pizza (the House Speciality) is pretty good! Check out the pictures I posted. Ingredients include Calamari, Prawns, Tomato Salsa, Red Onions and chopped Parsley on wafer-thin crust. Yummy! Cost: S$25.00 for a whole 12-inch pizza.
Don’t (NEVER!) order their Vietnamese Coconut Poached Chicken Pizza (cost S$22.00). It gets soggy….and I mean, real drenching wet soggy in less than FIVE minutes! We had to give up eating this when it got from bad to worse - in terms of sogginess. I basically just eat the ingredients on top of the pizza. A real waste. An expensive lesson learnt here. Ingredients on this pizza include - Shredded chicken breast poached with coconut, coriander and lemongrass - together with Vietnamese-style coleslaw, Thai basil and a dash of chilli sauce sprinkled on top of the pizza. This pizza is served cold.
The Portobello Mushroom Soup is delish (cost S$6.00 per bowl). We also ordered Truffle Fries to share (S$7.00). The fries tasted normal. In fact, it made me kinda miss my McDonald’s french fries because THAT tasted better than this one ;-)
My Kampong Glam Drink i.e. Cucumber and Lime Mocktails (cost S$6.00) was pretty cool and thirst-quenching. I loved it! My friend had a sip of my drink and he didn’t like it. Hm, I suspect Caucasians aren’t used to drinking cucumber juices? Or maybe it’s just my friend not being accustomed to it. Well, we have “wierder” types of drinks in Singapore eg Sour Plum Juice, Watercrest Juice, Wheatgrass Juice…getting the picture? ;-)
Next - Dessert! The highlight of my evening - besides the Squid Ink Pizza, that is. I had the Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberries. When it first arrived, my dessert DID NOT look like what was featured in their menu. In the menu, chocolate sauce was seen dripping all over the cake. We promptly sent it back to the kitchen because ours was literally just a piece of chocolate cake with raspberries sans ANY chocolate sauce.
It came out 5 minutes later looking exactly like what was featured in the menu. See photo posted. Seriously, Skinny Pizza needs to ensure (MUST!) that the food and service levels are consistent vis-a-vis the prices that they are charging here!
The cost of our entire meal is S$120.00. And we both weren’t exactly bowled over by our dining experience.
Food Rating: 3/5.
Skinny Pizza Wheelock Place Outlet:
501 Orchard Road #03-04
Tel: +65 6235 7823
1100 — 2200HRS
(Last Order at 2130HRS)
Skinny Pizza Raffles City Outlet:
252 North Bridge Road #B1-63/64
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 6333 5069
1100 — 2200HRS
(Last Order at 2130HRS)
My next review of Skinny Pizza will feature their Pastas and other sides. Watch this space… ;-)