Being always on the hunt for a nice non alcaholic place to get drinks after dinner, I've wanted to go to the famous "maid cafe" at Robertson for a while. One evening we went there after dinner.
We got there at approximately 8.45, thinking it would be rather full like Sweet Treats. But it was surprisingly empty. I should have seen this as a sign not to go, but we forged ahead nevertheless. We ordered at the counter, and waited patiently for our drinks and cake.
Between the two of us, we ordered one pot of Ceylon Tea, and one pot of English Breakfast. Expecting something similar to Cha Tea, I was surprised to see it arrive in a transparent teapot, with one teabag (Twinings) and no milk. It took a lot of effort to convince our waitress to provide us with a tiny little portion of milk, and even more effort to get a refill. Needless to say, I was starting to question why it was necessary for me to pay a higher price to have a pot of Twinings when I could easily have hosted my friend at home with an even better pot of Elmstock.
Hoping the desserts would be a better option, we also ordered a slice of tiramisu to share. Unfortunately, this was definitely not an improvement on our experience. Whilst it was correct in using lady finger, and topped with cocoa, everything else was disappointing. Rather than have the mascarpone cheese/cream filling, what we actually had was more akin to a custard/pudding. It was definitely unlike anything I'd ever had before, and it definitely didn't fit my definition of a tiramisu. Other than that, the lady finger in the middle was not really soaked with coffee, and as a result of this, the biscuit was still hard. Having previously noted that the opening hours for Fusion Cafe were listed to be "until last table" we thought that we would have ample time to sit and chat (as we do in Chatea, Sweet Treats etc), it came as a surprise to us when the waitress asked us to leave at around 9.25pm as they were intent to close shop at 9.30. We scoffed the remaining bits of cake and tea in quite a hurry.
Having seen their savoury mains in other reviews, I have no doubt that they probably do it better than desserts, but we had quite a bad experience here, and will not be back anytime soon.
Price Range: $10 - $20 per person
Value: 4/10 (economic, but bad food - could make better at home)
Service: 5/10 (counter service)
Environment: 4/10 (quite worn and dirty).