We needed a quick dinner and Barcelos was the obvious choice, having scouted around the crowded mall after our movie. The queue was short and there were a few empty tables when we looked inside. Without further ado, we secured one with our stuff and went to place our order at the counter.
The half chicken meal ($21.90) came with either two sides or one side and a drink. We decided to eat here and drink elsewhere so we got the former.
Our dish arrived following a short wait, and we tucked in expectantly. I had the thigh meat and even this wasn’t very juicy and tender. The breast was much worse. To salvage the lacklustre chicken (mild peri), we had to resort to liberal doses of the various sauces. However, the bird was nicely-charred and we liked the distinct smokiness.
As for the sides, we chose mushroom & potato and spicy wedges. The former could’ve done better with more mushroom while the latter was delectably crisp.
Not exactly an exciting dinner but it sufficed. The upholstery desperately needed a change though. It wasn’t our first time here and I didn’t remember the cushions being so soiled.
Note: 7% GST but no service charge.
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1/4 Chicken Meal - I was glad that the grilled chicken turned out to be pretty tender and juicy, although the flavour didn't manage to penetrate into the deep layers of the meat. I chose the veri peri sauce to go with the chicken which was only slightly aromatic and of medium heat. The garlic rolls (side) had a pretty strong garlic aroma, but they were slightly soggy. On the other hand, the lightly salted sautéed mushrooms and potatoes (side) were pretty delectable without being overly greasy.
Twin Mixed Chicken and Beef Skewers - I initially wanted to get the twin beef skewers, but the person said that only the twin chicken or the mixed skewers were available. Logic? However, I suppose I was pretty lucky to be able to avoid a second beef skewer since it was a bit tough, although the beef flavour was actually pretty good. The chicken skewer, on the other hand, was pretty tender, but not as juicy as the grilled chicken mentioned earlier. I chose the tangy lemon sauce to go with the skewers, and it was somewhat more bitter than tangy. The vegetables used for the salad were pretty fresh, but they could be more generous with the mayonnaise. Lastly, there wasn't anything to rave about the spicy rice which was slightly more flavourful than plain rice.
Coleslaw - I ordered an additional side dish of coleslaw to help fulfil my daily vegetable requirements. Well, there wasn't anything special about the shredded cabbages dressed with buttermilk and mayonnaise, but they were adequately fresh and sweet.
ate at the Vivocity brance on Tue around 6.10PM. upon arrival, no staff attended to me for 3 minutes. then one of them with a mohawk casually told me to wait while he chit-chats with his colleagues, and i stand there waiting to make my order. mohawk guy couldn't even be bothered to speak properly and take down my orders properly. didn't even pass me my can of drink and the tag number, i have to reach over the counter to get it myself. upon getting my meal, my fries were soggy and not cooked all the way through. like they were boiled and not fried. even though me and my fiancee were the only customers, tables around me were left with dirty dishes. condiments were not topped up. when we left, the staff (7-8) were loitering near the entrance, chit-chatting and then stared at me and my fiancee like we were interrupting their conversation and didn't even bother to say "Thank you, come again" or something like that. felt very unwelcomed and food was terrible. not coming here ever again