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.
The Quarter Chicken ($12.95 with 1 side) had a nice barbeque grilled flavour, unlike anything else I tasted in Singapore (reminds me of barbeque parties). You can choose from 4 types of marinade: Tangy Lemon, Mild Peri (mildly hot, I chose this), Veri Peri (hotter), Supa Peri (really very hot, I tried before). Chicken, Cheese and Egg Pitta ($13.95) had chunks of chicken smothered in cheesy sauce and egg, wrapped in a tasty pita bread. This was suprisingly good. Comes with fries. Chicken Soup ($1.95) had a great chicken taste and little bits of chicken. Twin Beef Skewers ($13.95) had big cubes of beef that were too tough to bite. Watch out for the little packs of moist towelettes that read ""Wipe that smile off your face"". Rather rude, don't you think? ;-) Total bill for 2 persons: $42.80. Date of patronage: 3 May 09 4:43pm
The Rooster logo caught my attention. I thought it was another fast food restaurant - there's no menu given to you by the waiters; you see what they have just above the cashier, and you have to queue to make your order. The sauces on the table made me curious, but they weren't labelled in English the time I was there. Thankfully, the service staff who passed by managed to enlighten me. Food served there are in big portions (at least for myself) and they are quite generous with the fries and other sides. What I like is the "bottomless soft drink", which allows u to refill for unlimited times and you can change flavour of the drink anytime you want, at a very cheap price of $2.95! Best for water-tanks like me!! Food there is worth trying. Although they run it like a fastfood restaurant, the price is not-so-fastfood kind. The food served are mostly ala carte, not in a set meal, so even if the individual prices look reasonable, the total price of the food ordered can easily go over $20.