Some years ago, when there was still Gloria Jean’s in Marina Square and also Suntec City, I recalled ordering their cafe latte (my-then usual choice of caffeine) and thinking that it was rather strong. I wonder if perhaps my caffeine tolerance has risen steadily over the years or have the coffee beans that they use changed, but now when I drink coffee at Gloria Jean’s, I don’t think they are as strong as before. Even if on the rare occasion that I order a latte, I think it tastes different from before, despite that usually I’d get a regular black coffee.
Nevertheless, I still chose to go back to them occasionally because it isn’t as hard finding a space during lunch hours. And perhaps the reason is pretty apparent – they don’t have as many options when it comes to lunch, i.e. food. They used to offer sandwiches and pastas, along with the usual pastries (croissants, scones, muffins and a small selection of cakes) but now there is no more pasta served. There are only about three options of sandwiches to choose from, the same for wraps, and now they are selling small curry puffs in two flavours; sardine and curry potato.
I decided to order the Ocean Tuna wrap, opting for it over Beef Pastrami or Caesar Chicken because I didn’t feel like having beef and I am usually quite apprehensive about anything Caesar sometimes due to some places’ penchant to be overly-generous with the dressings used.
Upon ordering, the wrap is toasted, but probably just lightly. Although it felt warm to the touch, the tortilla skin wasn’t well-toasted enough and it still felt soft. If I am ordering a wrap in future, I would request for the wrap to be toasted for a longer period of time. The wrap was pretty well-stuffed with its contents, which wasn’t too dry and the vegetables tasted fresh and were still crunchy and not soggy, so I don’t know if these were freshly-made (most likely not).
It was strange though that here, they serve food on paper plates with stainless steel cutlery no less, which besides the fact that paper plates and steel cutlery don’t go hand-in-hand, makes the “dining experience” odd. I don’t want to use the word cheapen because it isn’t as if the wrap was super-duper cheap (but it’s part of a lunch set with coffee/tea) at S$8.80, but paper plates? Some Coffee Bean outlets use plastic plates for their pastry items too, and even if I am not the most environmental-friendly person around, I think maybe investing in a dishwasher might be better?
After it was mentioned by someone that canned tuna makes one’s mouth smell, I got a little conscious about having eaten canned tuna in a wrap that would cause my breath to stink. I like tuna, though not so much tuna mayonnaise because it’s too soggy, but besides tuna chunks or flakes in cans, the only other tuna that I get to eat is tuna sashimi if I go to a Jap restaurant. So the recourse I have for this would probably to equip myself with breath mints to pop into my mouth after a canned tuna meal!