My friend and I arrived at Mad For Garlic at around 730pm on a Thursday evening, without prior reservation. We were greeted by this staff we believe is the floor manager.
With a smile, he immediately led us in to a table. Menus were already on the table so we dove right into deciding on our mains.
It took us a while because we were pretty undecided. We finally settled on 2 mains and a side which was the garlic bread tower (i believe) which was garlic bread with raw garlic bits.
While I had made up my mind on my main course, my friend had a few queries and had to find out if they could adhere to her complicated request. When the Floor manager came over to take our orders, she brought up her requests, all of which, they are unable to do and mentioned to us that they could only go to the extend of switching up the spiciness level of foods but are unable to change things around, which he apologised for. She then decided on a different main altogether (Dancing Salsa Beef Rice), while I got the Mushroom & Spinach Risotto which came with a huge chunk of very tenderly grilled chicken thigh. Because they weren't able to make my friend's special requests, the floor manager very nicely offered us complimentary drinks of our choice, out of the wine menu which was a very nice gesture.
Speaking of gestures, while we were waiting for our food to arrive, we were brought our drinks first which also came with 2 cups of water which the waiter had placed by the edge of the table. So as we were talking, my friend made a gesture which unfortunately, knocked over the cup of water. The cup was fine but the floor became a mini pool. Immediately, a female wait staff came over with a bunch of napkins to offer both ourside and the table next to us. The next thing we knew, she was down on her knees soaking up the water with napkins! This is something that I've NEVER seen before, usually the staff gets a mop out (yes, in the middle of a dining room with food around) and just mops but no one goes down on their knees to SOAK up water with napkins. I was very impressed at her quick reaction. After all the hoo-ha, we continued talking and after a while, realised that we have not seen the service staff leave yet, so i took a peek and she was STILL soaking up the remaining bit of water.
Now, on to the food. The dancing salsa beef rice was pretty much fried rice with an egg, beef and some salsa served on a hotplate. The waiter would come by and ask if you'd want him/her to mix it up for you which my friend agreed to. This particular service staff was a little rough and as he was mixing, we saw rice fly out, along with a good piece of beef. However, the portions are pretty reasonable so it wasn't a terrible lost but it wasn't nice to see either. My risotto came and it was AMAZING. Creamy & cheesy but not overpowering with a good mushroom taste. The spinach was very subtle, almost non-existent but I think it works. The chicken was SO GOOD. Tender, juicy and everything in between! I was in heaven and even though I was stuffed, i couldn't let the risotto go to waste so i finished the last bit.
It was a good thing I had a cup of hot green tea with me.
All in all, it was good food with great service and I am planning my next visit already for a good risotto fix although, I really should try their other food items available...
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