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Tony Roma's has been famous for Ribs for more than 30 years. It started in 1972 in North Miami when Tony opened his first place with Baby Backs as the house specialty. It attracted people from miles away just to have a taste of this tantalizing sensation. Tony Roma's can now be found all over the world. With more than 200 restaurants in 27 countries.
Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade
Tel: (65) 6738 8600
Fax (65) 6738 8791
User Ratings Summary
User rating summary from: 4 user(s)
Pricey but good
I haven't really had many good baby back ribs in Singapore. Hence, I have always been wanting to try Tony Roma's, but never really got the chance to. When a friend of mine handed me a 1-for-1 promotional flyer for the F1 weekend, I couldn't find an excuse to say no anymore.
Tony Roma's ribs are a little on the pricey side, but they are tender, juicy and smoked to the right texture. I ordered a full rack of St Louis Ribs in Carolina Honeys sauce, which is easy on the throat for anyone who isn't much of a fan of spicy or heaty food. It comes with 2 sides, and the entire full rack meal was enough to feed 2 people. We didn't really have room for desserts afterwards. To add to the great food experience, service was fast and the staff were friendly. Definitely a place worth visiting again when I'm no longer a poor undergraduate.
Best pork ribs
Somehow I feel that Tony Roma’s has always been underrated. With all the other western restaurants and steakhouses popping up one by one, I can understand why lazy eaters prefer eating boneless meat like steak or fillets over pork ribs.
I am a lazy eater myself, but somehow I find the ribs at Tony Roma’s really delicious. The special Tony Roma’s Original BBQ sauce goes really well with their juicy and lean pork ribs. Take a bite and you will never want to try any other pork ribs ever again. The taste is sweet and savory all at once, and the best part? The sauce does not leave your mouth dry and parched, like some other sauces I have tried.
Their romaritas and desserts also complement the pork ribs perfectly and they are a great way to end your meal. I personally love their strawberry mango romarita and they are also very generous with the serving. The chocolate avalanche, which is actually molten chocolate cake with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce on top, would also not disappoint, especially those who have a sweet tooth.
Overall, I have had positive dining experience at Tony Roma’s so far and although their prices are really quite high-end, the quality of the food and service is definitely enough to make me part with my money willingly.
Ribs To Go
When the waitress took down the wrong order for the side dish my mom ordered, her colleague was more than happy to bring us the correct side dish separately. He even said a little something to my mom that I couldn't catch, making her laugh a little. Good service is when you turn good a bad situation.
Their famous ribs is usually soft and tasty, except for that one day where the crowd was overwhelming and the ribs turned out a little dry. Their sides are equally delicious - you will love their rice if you are a chicken rice eater and their sweet corn on cob is really sweet (really).
It took them 40 minutes to get us a table. That is a glimpse for you of the weekend night crowd. Perhaps the waiting did take a few stars off the rating I gave - the waiting area is outdoors beside a drinking spot where you get to be a passive smoker for as long as it takes for your table to be ready.
I wonder why they don't just allow customers to wait at their alternate entrance, which is indoors and much for comfortable.
And if you are greedy like me, they even pack up your left overs for you to bring home. (I even managed to "dapao" ribs back for hubby's supper.)
Talking about this is getting me salivating from the corners of my mouth. For those of you who likes a pint to go with your steak, they have a bar and a full list of cocktails. For non-drinkers like me, fret not. The mock-tails and fruity drinks are just as thirst quenching.
Expensive good food
Tony Roma's specializes in Ribs so if you're a big fan of ribs you'd definitely want to go there! I, on the other hand, am not a big fan of ribs or steak so I had the Chicken Alfredo which was really really good. They had little bits of dried tomatoes which I have honestly never tried before, and they were actually quire yummy. The steak and ribs dishes that the other's at the table ordered looked really appetizing even for someone who doesn't fancy such food! I tried the Tutti Frutti mocktail and for ever real mocktail, it tasted really good.
But the prices are pretty high (though the servings are relatively abundant) and wouldn't be suitable for students. The service on the other hand was really good, the food was served quickly, the waitresses that took our table was very professional. The restaurant's main customers are mostly foreigners so if you're interested in trying it out, you can add on to the list on non-foreigner customers there :)