Saturday, October 23, 2010

Javier's Rotisserie & Salad Bar, Orchard Cineleisure

This place (8 Grange Road, Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, #B1-03/04/05/K4 S239695) sure kindles me the memories of Ponderosa back in the day when they still graced these shores and I was but a mere kid. A lot of that kindling probably comes from the layout of their salad bar and the type of selections they had. Not to mention that Javier's Rotisserie is run by the people from our local chain of pretty respectable steakhouses, Aston's, whose owner was formerly from Ponderosa. I wouldn't dispute that these were also the guys that lengthened the yardstick for the general masses on the quality of grilled beef on this island in the recent years since they've established themselves.

Mnemonic embers and the current history of plated bovine aside, the food was really pretty decent. As simple as it could be said, one chooses a meat of choice and helps themselves over a spread of warm and cold salads. Rotisserie and salad bar. I found the grilled beef nicely done, enjoyable as what I could reasonably expect from such a joint, though it might have benefited from being served a little warmer than it was. Don't even think about getting that antiquated Kenny Roger's into comparison for their roasted birds. The latter's only salvation these days are the corn bread and their mac & cheese.

I guess what might have appealed to me about the place was the salad bar. It definitely wasn't quite that feeling that I had as a child, standing, spoilt for choice and wondering what was good. These days it's probably because I get options for my sides and honestly, what was laid out wasn't bad at all. They even had that cole slaw which tasted exactly like the ones I liked at Aston's.

It was a little quiet down on a Saturday afternoon. I sure hope that business picks up for them so that they can stay around.


D said...

That looks like a nice slab of cow!
I hope you ate the best part (the fat) with it!

LiquidShaDow said...

Ok I confess! I didn't eat all of it. Just some. :p