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Hello, I'm Cliff Anderson! Why Cliff(y), you ask? Well, a lot of people I've met since primary school till now have always called me Cliffy! Anyway, for every 50 posts I come up with, and every 25,000 pageviews, I'm donating a sum of money to the World Food Programme. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SIN: Tony Roma's

Sweet and delicious stack of deep-fried onion rings!

Following the review on the now defunct Tony Roma's in HK that I wrote back in 2012, it's high time I wrote about one of the outlets here in Singapore. Founded in 1972, Tony Roma's has already had more than 200 restaurants in 27 countries.


Onion Loaf (Half) S$9.90
Taste: 9/10

My most favourite appetiser is the giant hand-cut onions. Breaded and deep-fried to perfection, the onions were oozing with natural sweetness. The dish used to be served with a kind of mayonnaise that I really enjoyed, but the current smoky BBQ dipping sauce wasn't bad either due to its sweet and sour balance.


Bread

Before I forgot, I also enjoyed the fresh, crispy bread served at the start of the meal. It went really well with the aromatic garlic butter.


St. Louis Ribs (Half) S$22.90
Taste: 8/10

Brushed with sweet Carolina Honey sauce, a mellow blend of honey and molasses, the pork ribs had a nice smoky fragrance. However, the meat could be more tender like how it used to be whenever I had a plate of it in the past. The baked potato was delectably moist, while the earthy ranch style beans had a rich taste.


Grilled Spinach Chicken Stack S$22.90
Taste: 7.5/10

The grilled chicken, which was pretty tender, was said to be covered with three types of cheese. Truth be told, it wasn't highly cheesy, but the cream of spinach and artichoke was pleasant. It was served with yellow rice which was slightly aromatic, and I requested for fries for that extra boost of carbohydrates.


Cajun Shrimp and Scallop Pasta S$24.90
Taste: 7.5/10

The linguine was tossed with chipotle sauce which had a nice hint of lemon, but it was too spicy. I was looking forward to savour the scallops, but apparently, the shrimps were more juicy and succulent than the former. Other ingredients were mushrooms and bell peppers with a bit of cheese as the finishing touch.


Chocolate Avalanche S$13.90
Taste: 8.5/10

It was more of a vanilla avalanche due to the big scoop of ice cream that sat on top of a hot chocolate cake. I was hoping of molten chocolate magma waiting to be revealed, but apparently it didn't materialise. Having said that, the cake was definitely moist enough with a pleasurable bittersweet taste from dark chocolate. Oh, there were simply not enough Oreo crumbs.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Overall: 8/10

I really feel that the standard of ribs has dropped quite a bit. Anyway, till this very day, I've never visited the branch at Orchard Central. Pika's advice: Available only at Orchard Central on weekdays are Executive Set Lunches priced at S$16.90. There's also one priced at S$28.90, which is ideal for sharing.

Tony Roma's

3 Temasek Boulevard
#B1-123 Suntec City Mall
Singapore
(Mon-Thu: 11.30am - 3.00pm, 6.00pm - 10.00pm; Fri-Sun: 11.30am - 10.00pm)


*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Have a nice meal,
Cliff(y)

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