Saturday, June 4, 2011
Macaron Tango Cafe, Cebu
About 3 months ago, a new French Restaurant/Cafe opened in Cebu. Since then, we've been hearing about this little nook from newspapers, friend's photos, and facebook. Naturally, we were itching to go!
The first time we planned on going was on a weekday, but I had to cancel because of a sudden change of plans. And then we were supposed to go that Sunday, we got there and found out they were closed on Sundays!
We were finally able to get there last night after we watched Kung Fu Panda 2 at Ayala Center. There was a sale at Ayala so it took us a while to make it to Macaron Tango Cafe, which is located at Osmena Boulevard.
I must say that for a place we were quite excited to visit, we were sorely disappointed! At first glance, there was nothing French about this place. Not even modern French. Or fusion French. The place was dead quiet with no music but just the occasional peep here and there. We were the only customers there the whole night. People would pass by the door, take a glance around, and walk away. After several times, a couple went in and asked about the old place that was there. At the end of our evening, another couple went in, looked at the displayed food, and left.
If you want to eat at Macaron Tango make sure you have the leisure of time because everything has its own pace of time from the service to the payment. The waitress was unable to describe the dishes when she questioned her which prompted the lady owner to take over. Our food took a while to magically find its way to our table even though we were the only ones eating here! They did not even manage to bring our food at the same time. I was already done with my meal, when my husband's pizza FINALLY arrived! And to make matters worse, it wasn't even the right pizza! LOL! We were served the Pizza Trois Fromages (tomato, mozzarella, blue, goat cheese) instead of Husband's choice, Quatre Saisons (Four Seasons-tomato, mozzarella, capers, artichokes, mushrooms). Their excuse was that their bestseller is the Pizza Trois Fromages so the cook was confused blah, blah, blah! It don't matter if the staff is wearing a Lacoste shirt (assuming that it's the real thing) if they can't get our orders right! Sorely disappointed!
Desserts, which were right there on display, did not do any better. But this time it was Dad's turn to wait for his Tarte Tatin, which in my opinion should have stayed on display (the colorful posts of the food will follow). But thankfully they had French dishes which I appreciate.
The payment was a joke! I asked for the bill while SM and I were sharing a chocolate mousse. The waitress came halfway the room, caught my eye, and said, "Mam, it's P1,698". I gestured to have the receipt (hello?!? Who doesn't check the receipt before paying???). It tooooooookkkk forever for it! I could have read this blog post at least 10 times over and over again before I finally got it. It was computerized which took me by surprise because I had assumed they wrote down the dishes one by one manually (yes! It took that long!). But I'm thankful I did because they had mixed up our dessert orders. There you go again!
We finally made it out of therewith huge sigh of reliefs! Throughout the car ride home, MR and I went back and forth whether we would go back there and if it was worth. We agreed that maybe they were still in what they call the "soft opening period". And then we got home and opened the box of macarons I brought home. I had ordered 3 Salted Caramel and Apple Macarons and 3 Raspberry Macarons. Imagine my surprise when I couldn't find any pink Macarons and instead found 3 Chocolate Macarons instead of the Raspberry Macarons. Well, there goes the second chance card I told myself! There gonna have to find a better excuse than the "soft opening period" one! Their location and service isn't at all attractive and the food isn't all that!
*Oh! By the way, before I forget...If you're wondering where are the comfort room pictures, well it's because there are no comfort rooms. So if you're at Macaron Tango Cafe and want to wash you hands or use the toilet, you have to go out of the restaurant and use Boulevard's common comfort room. Yipee, huh?!?
Macaron Tango Cafe
Space 5, Centro Arcade
Osmena Boulevard, Capitol Site, Cebu City
*Closed on Sundays.
*Does not accept major credit cards.