Hipster café seems to be a trend nowadays as you see more and more of such establishments had been set up in the country. The Frenz Café opened it’s door to the public last Saturday. Both Jennifer and I decided to give the café a try on the first day of opening. We came to know about the café through an article on The Brunei Times promoting the café before the opening.
We were there during lunch hour. To be honest, we were expecting a big crowd since it was the first day of opening. But what surprised us was that the place was only half packed during lunch hour. I guess not much people are willing to travel that far for lunch with the limited lunch time unless you are working around the area?
My one and only picture of the cafe. Gosh! I am such a lousy blogger. I should have taken more pictures of the cafe. I will, but next time. LOL!
I ordered Cafe Latte as I could not decide what to drink. They have quite a wide selection for beverages but I decided to go for the “safest” since I am currently on a diet. I like that their Cafe Latte was of the right level of bitterness but it seems lacking of coffee taste for me.
Classic Cheese Burger | B$10
This was what Jennifer had for lunch the other day. She too could not decide what she wanted to eat. So, she went for the safest option on the menu. What could go wrong with burger, right? The fries looked very appealing and appetizing to me but I resisted the temptation.
The burger came with lettuce, sliced tomatoes, beef patty, cheese and bacon. According to Jennifer, the patty was undercooked in the middle as you could still see the patty being red in color. Frankly speaking, there was nothing special about their Classic Cheese Burger.
Egg Royale | B$15
I was contemplating between Egg Benedict and Egg Royale in the first place. But after knowing that the latter came with smoked salmon, I decided to order it. What disappointed me was the authenticity of their Egg Royale.
Egg Royale is similar to Egg Benedict. The only difference is that the former came with smoked salmon sandwiched in between the poached egg and English muffin. The poached egg was nicely done with egg yolk oozing when you poked on it. The reason why I find their Egg Royale not to be authentic enough is that they served with burger bun instead of English muffin. I would say B$15 for Egg Royale to be rather overpriced when it was not even authentic enough.
Verdict: Customer service was good in my opinion but there were still spaces for improvement in terms of their food. Menu was not extensive in the mean time as they were just opened. Hopefully, they will have more selections in the future.
It will be helpful if they have descriptions/information underneath each food title on the menu. That way it will be easier for patrons to decide what to order. Before I placed my order for Egg Royale, we approached the person-in-charge to ask of the difference between Egg Benedict and Egg Royale. He too had no idea of the difference between both. And therefore, he went into the kitchen to check with the chef before returning with the answer.
Staff were not trained properly in terms of which food utensil/cutlery to serve with. Both Jennifer and I were given spoon and fork for the food that we ordered. Who eats burger with spoon and fork? It should be fork and knife. I do not mind returning to The Frenz Café again but I am hoping that there will be improvement next time.
Location: Buildings next to Mentiri Petrol Station, next to Ideal Cafe & Grill.
The Frenz Café
Unit 10, Block 8,,
Haji Ibrahim Building,
Negara Brunei Darussalam