Posted 2 Reviews
This is the second time we have been to the Food Central for brunch and on both times the food was solid (and the brunch a very good) but the service lacking. Everyone is very friendly and helpful...once you get their attention. However the amount of time it took to get menus after sitting down, to order after getting menus, and to get the check after finishing was quite long. I have been here for a while now and have learned to be patient with service but I expected a bit more. I can not stress how friendly everyone is but for Sunday brunch it might be worthwhile adding some extra hands.
Posted 1 Reviews
I had been to The Food Central a few times for brunch, mostly because I loved their little terrace on the second floor. I didn't think the food was that special and the brunch deal wasn't great. That was about 2 or 3 months ago.
I decided to give it another try though yesterday. I went back for brunch with a friend and I noticed a few changes: there's now a hot beverage or a fresh juice included in the brunch deal and there was a lot more food on my plate, they also changed their menu which is a lot clearer now. I had the European brunch #4 and it was very satisfyinig.
After our brunch the manager came to ask for our feedback, which was very attentive and professional of him.
Don't know about the lunch and dinner options though as I haven't been there at those times yet.
All in all a good experience for a casual brunch.
Posted 1 Reviews
I've heard for a long time from my roommate how the food central has great food but never got around to paying a visit. Finally yesterday my boyfriend and I decided to go for a nice brunch. The restaurant is situated on the quiet and quaint Anfu Rd. When we arrived we were seated in the cafe on the first floor since we did not make a reservation ( which we will make sure to do next time since upstairs is quite nice). Between the two of us, we shared a German farmer's breakfast, classic english and a ham & cheese waffle. Washed it all down with some delicious freshly blended juice which came with the breakfast sets. The food was very good and we were especially impressed by the waffle which tasted somehow like peanut butter (YUM). It was a great start to a beautiful sunday and we will definitely be back to try out everything else on the menu.
Posted 2 Reviews
From: New Zealander
This is my second review for this place...the first time I wrote a review for The Food Central was because I thought they got a lot of slack when in fact we had a great experience...last night however...was a let down!
We arrived for dinner last night and were quite excited to see that they had branched out on a lot more options on the menu. I decided to go for the sliders with choices of (fries, salad, or house sides). I chose a house side (mashed potatoes). The waitress seemed confused and wasn't sure if they could do it. Considering that it was already in the menu I was first put off by her having to go to the kitchen to ask about something that was already clearly stated in the menu (and she should have been trained). She came back and said it was okay (shock). After this I already had a bad feeling about the rest of the night...
My food arrived and I asked for gravy for my mashed potatoes...the waitress looked confused and brought back some sort of cream. I also asked for ketchup. I told them the cream was wrong and we wanted gravy...still nothing. I gave up.
After the meal we order an apple crumble which is always a great delight and we always order it when we come...it normally comes with some a creamy pudding to pour over the crumble. The one we received this time was a lot of apple and barely any crumble. We poured the pudding on top and weird lumps came out.
There were only 2 other tables when we were there, and around 3-4 staff on the floor and we could still barely get any attention. Kitchen staff kept coming in and out of the kitchen and they were noisy throughout our dinner and yelling across the room when they needed something. I don't think there was a manager there last night at all.
Not the best experience for a dinner that average costs over RMB 250 for 2 people (without drinks)...
Posted 6 Reviews
Iâ€™d heard about Food Central and the concept sounded intriguing, so I decided to drop in there for brunch with a couple of friends, the service staff were friendly and the place has quite a good vibe about it. We all ordered egg dishes and had a few beers â€“ incidentally there is a limited selection of beersâ€¦ the poached eggs were ok, but they did something weird with the scrambled eggs â€“ Iâ€™d probably describe them as â€œairline styleâ€ due to the rubbery texture and lack of taste...
Very average food and over priced â€“ yet another poor local attempt at a western style restaurant in Shanghai?!?!
Posted 2 Reviews
I go here fairly often, and went in for lunch over the holiday, I like the place, atmosphere and food (pizzas are great).. but you know how some things can just rub you the wrong way... The (clearly arrogant) foreigner manager (?) did a slow, and very loud sarcastic clap after a poor server dropped something near the bar in front of customers!!.. It was embarrassing not just for them but for me and everyone who was sitting nearby. I saw another table wide eyed, clearly not knowing if they should laugh or be appalled. What awful behaviour!!
I live in the area and there are lots of options on Anfu lu, so they clearly should be more careful to maintain an environment people want to be in because other options are only 10 feet away.
Posted 5 Reviews
On a beautiful sunny Saturday (after months of rain) my friend and I were delighted to bag a curbside table in the sun and to order a promising sounding brunch from the menu. We'd been meaning to try this place out for a while, and we were totally disappointed. The brunch elements are super-stingy in portion-size, but even worse have clearly been pre-prepared and sitting around for a while. My friend's little dish of hummus was already starting to form a slight crust on it, and my toasted "dark rye" bread was dumped on top of my brunch, & looked like a piece of ready sliced wheat bread, and had clearly been toasted earlier in the day. Worse was to come. The two very perfect looking poached eggs were also stone cold - not just on the inside, on the outside too. I don't know how long they'd been sitting around, they didn't seem rubbery to be fair, but who wants to eat cold poached eggs?
The service was ok except the system seemed to be that 1 waitress worked the outside tables while two other staff members worked inside. It was a hot day, everyone was outside except for one table of people inside. Our poor waitress tried her hardest and did a pretty good job, but was run ragged, while the other two just stood inside doing nothing and blanked our frantic waves for service. I'm a fan of the Apartment, feel neutral about Geisha, but expected better from this crowd. Overall, definitely won't be coming back.