It first started with ProFusion taking place on a date where classes were minimal (read: skip-able).
Although I had frequented King and John quite sufficiently prior to my dreaded return to academia, I had never received the opportunity to dine at Pai. Wait times never deviated from fifteen minutes plus, patio seats were forever occupied, and the environment was always atrociously loud.
Seats are abundant, though tables are arranged uncomfortably close to each other; it's not easy to eavesdrop on the conversation of the neighbouring diners, however, since the noise level renders it nearly impossible to decipher the words spoken uttered from the person before you. The area is very compact, which is fine if one is merely downing a fast meal, but less ideal with purchases or other space-consuming baggage in tow.
Beef Massaman Curry had a slightly tart taste, reminiscent of a ketchup sauce-base pasta. Milder than the Khao Soi by approximately two notches and containing a greater proportion of onions, the base was actually the tastier of the two. It should be noted that I did not sample the beef nor potato chunks floating within and therefore cannot comment in that regard.
All in all, the visit was a very rushed experience, leaving me unable to inspect the status of the bathrooms. On a more positive note, meals were delivered with exceptional swiftness (within 10 minutes), making it great for office workers on a tight schedule.
Both Miss Rushka and ochungg had left positive feedback in regards to the design studio's colouring and cutting services, so the name naturally popped into my head as I contemplated a haircut over the weekend.
A Senior Stylist with a friendly, cheerful demeanour welcomed me and gestured towards a series of 5-6 full-sized lockers for the storage of belongings. A key with elastic wristband attachment was then handed over to clients such that each could manage their own personal items; the manner was similar to Aritzia with the exception of NC's lockers being substantially more spacious.
My stylist first asked about my request for the day, clarifying length and style specifics along the way. Upon confirmation of my objective, I was whisked away to a quaint hair-washing room for the same receptionist/styling assistant to take over. This separate member of staff also assisted the senior stylist with blowdrying later on. Out of the corner of eye, I observed a security camera in the hair-washing room - an interesting safety feature that would come in handy should unassuming handbags be shifted from their spots outside.
The girl was careful to prevent water from entering my ears during the hair-washing procedure, as well as checking water temperature. My only word of criticism would be the unyielding pressure applied during the shampooing process. At times, it came off a bit strong, but that may be due to the fact that I bumped my head a few days ago.
Outlets were also present near the ground. I took the opportunity to recharge my battery. The stylist actually paused her snipping to source an adapter and charging cable when she noticed that my own was too short for me to comfortably continue using my phone during the service. This was well above my expectations, and I could not appreciate this gesture enough.
The single stall washroom is sufficiently illuminated and features a hook on the back of the door. Generally clean and well-stocked, it comprised of the necessary toiletries in convenient locations. A paper towel roll held upright by a roating wire stand; a fragrance diffuser was spotted on the floor at the corner of the stall - the status of its functionality remains unknown though. In addition, the salon's choice of soap surprisingly did not deprive parched hands of moisture any further - a huge bonus. Muji cotton swabs could also be found on the counter, presumably to polish away any stray hairs should the powder brush have missed any specks.
The shop is no larger than Uncle Tetsu Bake, but with a larger section allocated the baking quarters than waiting area. Two girls worked the storefront and cashier, while a middle-aged man and elderly uncle squatted in front of the ovens on the other side of the pillar, engaged in grunt-laced conversation.
Eventually, I just told them to place whatever could fit in the box; I could carry either Cheese Bun separately if needed. Time was ticking and inefficieny was at its peak.
I didn't even realize that they had forgotten my additional Chocolate Puff until reaching home.
Austrian Chocolate tasted more of a bread roll slathered with chocolate buttercream than a cohesive cream cheese bun. The combination seemed forced: the chocolate was milky and unsubstantial as opposed to luscious and rich in depth, while the base was dry and unimpressive. Moreover, I could perceive no distint differences between the rounded quarter and a standard Coconut Bun set from my local Chinese bakery.
The Signature had rang in at $5.90, and the Chocolate at $6.50. Neither cheese bun justified its price tag.