I saw a coupon on a newspaper which offers a $100 coupon for spending a certain amount at this place. Meanwhile, it was about to be my friend's birthday, so we've decided to have the birthday dinner for my friend at this place. I've made a prior booking a few days before the day having dinner. There were not many people that night, it's a weekday and kind of early after all.
We got a table with sofa seats, which is very comfortable. The setting of the restaurant is kind of bright, and the light reflects beautiful colours onto the glasses on the wall. The colorful walls were indeed a charming scene, but I still prefer a dimer lighting to boost the dining ambience.
Anyway, starting with the food, we were first served with bread rolls. Warm fluffy bread rolls are always a pleasure, but they got a bonus here for serving a really tasty herbed butter. The taste of it was fabulous.
For starters, we picked the Onion Loaf
. This dish actually reminded me much of that of Outback
's, yet this one gives a pretty different and refreshing sensation. We merely ordered half but it was surprisingly a pretty huge dish already. The onion itself, originally, was very sweet and fresh, when dipped into their BBQ mayo sauce, this is definitely one appetizing and alluring dish. It was indeed a stunning dish. Having such a fantastic dish with just $42 is totally worth the value.
Another starter that we ordered was the Shrimp Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
. I have always loved the strong flavor of portobello mushrooms. It always goes well with various stuffing. The stuffing was indeed savory. It claimed that the stuffing included shrimp, spinach, artichokes, feta cheese, onion, tangy Italian cheese and golden bread crumbs. However, I would like to pick on that the shrimps they used were merely frozen ones, lacking the freshness taste of it.
Moving on, as this place's famous for its ribs, of course we won't forget to order one. We ordered half slab of the St. Louis-Style Ribs - Carolina Honeys
. It is served along with french fries and cole slaw. The ribs are indeed very nice. It's so juicy and flavorful, but it wasn't particularly meaty, just moderate I'll say. The french fries were fried not too oily and have a bit of crisp.
Last but not least, we had Chicken Tuscany Pasta
. The pasta was actually linguini. It was not slurpy, but it hasn't reached the level of al dente yet as well. I enjoyed the very rich tomato sauce a lot, a good tomato pasta sauce is always very appetizing to me. One thing I particularly liked about is the Tuscany chicken. I think the chicken was of a very Tuscan style, with somewhat a bit roughness in its texture. The kind of roughness of raw and unpolished feeling of the chicken meat, which I consider as an authentic cooking.
The food was pretty enjoyable, and it was even better with a shot of alcohol. I wasn't expecting that they have such a wide range of alcohol and liquors available. I spotted Baileys, one of my favorite liquors, and ordered one. I can't tell what went wrong with it, but the sweetness of the Baileys was somehow missing and turned out tasted a bit like medicine. I'll just say that's my bad luck. Looking through the drinks menu, actually there're lots of other attractive choices, such as their Signature Romaritas and cocktails, I guess I'd try those if I get to visit again next time.
In overall it was quite a fairly pleasurable experience to dine here. It's a great place to hold a little dinner gathering here as it has quite a casual theme and setting. If you're seeking for somewhere with better ambience, I wouldn't quite recommend this place as it's lighting is very bright. Nevertheless I still liked their casualness and simpleness of this place. It's indeed one nice place after all.
Date of Visit: Nov 08, 2011
Occasion: Birthday Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4