The largest satay distributor in town, City Satay, has pulled together dishes and seats for a Western-themed barbecue resto. Lights fall on cowboys-and-Indians-themed walls that flank sets of four-seater standard wooden furniture on lacquered floors.
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the simple life
My review for Barbacoa is going to be a straightforward, normal one, with no embellishments whatsoever.
This bears testament to the understated, casual vibe that Barbacoa emanates - just the right place for days when you just want to kick back and enjoy some simple, fuss free fare (anyway, awesome alliteration).
Basically, what brought me to City Square Mall one Friday night - Barbacoa, specifically - was that the bf works around this area, and he got hungry. Like, feed-me-now hungry.
When we passed by the place, Barbacoa had a promotion which includes a free soup and ice cream (cookies and cream, that day) with each order of a main course. My first impression was that the menu and environment felt a little like Hot Tomato - casual but with an open kitchen, where you can see the chefs bustling about. Unlike Hot Tomato though, there's no Service Charge nor GST at Barbacoa.
The wait staff were really attentive: Thanks to their recommendation, we got a sausage platter $9, creamy pasta with mushrooms $8.50 and nacho salsa chicken chop (or something) for $9.90. Yup, the prices are as palatable as the food.
Now for the taste test: The pasta was garlicky and satisfying, and the chicken chop a little gelat but acceptable. But the absolute star had to be them trio of large sausages we had on our platter, that came with a nicely vinaigrette-d side salad and the most heavenly wafu-mustard concoction I've ever tasted. Drool-worthy, totally.
All in all, I wouldn't come here specially for the food, but I'd definitely consider dropping by when I'm around the area. Which is pretty often, too.