Zac's Cafe

Zac's Cafe - Closed
17 Jalan Pinang

Decent Food, Decent Atmosphere, Weird Service
(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 5
Value for Money: 5
Spent about SGD $13 per person.


We were looking around for a Halal Cafe for a casual dinner, as we had a few Muslim friends with us, when we stumbled upon Zac's Cafe, and decided to give it a try.

The indoor air-conditioning wasn't strong enough, which made the place seem stuffy. So we opted to sit outdoors instead, which in hindsight, was a better option, as it was actually cooler (We came at night around 9pm). The cafe wasn't crowded, and relatively peaceful, with only a few other families around. Overall decor of Zac's Cafe gave it a laid-back, rustic kind of feel.

Food - I had Harira Soup, Lamb Bamya, and a Latte. My friends ordered Doner Kebab, Pari-Pari Chicken, Banana Split, and a couple other dishes I can't recall. We also ordered Cheesecake (recommended by the waitress), and Chicken Wings to share.

Oddly enough, the Desserts (Banana Split & Cheesecake), arrived at the same time as our appetizers (Chicken Wings). First time I've ever been served desserts before the meal.....

The Chicken Wings and Banana Split were passable.... Nothing too special or disastrous about them.

Cheesecake: Weird. Didn't taste like your normal cheesecake would. It wasn't cheesy enough, and the consistency was more like a dense sponge cake. My friend took a bite and decided she wouldn't eat the rest of it. Actually, it was not bad as a cake, just that it failed as a cheesecake.

Harira Soup: In my opinion, probably the best dish I had here. More like a stew than a soup, and filled with chucks of lamb, chickpeas, and other vegetables, it was both heartening and fortifying. (I was feeling a little under the weather, and this really hit the spot).

Harira Soup
Harira Soup

Pari-Pari Chicken: Tasted almost similar to Nando's Peri-Peri Chicken, tender, but not as juicy. The spicy kick from the chili did taste like Nando's, just less sourish.

Doner Kebab: A huge kebab roll stuffed with lamb meat and vegetables. Extremely filling and satisfying. The meat was juicy and succulent.

Lamb Bamya: The arabic rice and grilled vegetables with vinaigrette were a nice accompaniment to the Lamb and Lady's Fingers smothered with gravy. The lamb meat was tender, and fell of the bone. My only complaint with this dish was that there was too little meat, and too much lamb fat on the bone. Weight-Conscious folks may want to stay away from this dish.

Lamb Bamya
Lamb Bamya

Note: They charge for water, at 20 cents a glass, so don't order water unless you're prepared to pay.

May come back again during lunch next time, as their lunch menu looks to be even more value for money.