One of the bigger players in the BBQ catering business is City Satay, with a history dating back to the 1980s; It claims to be the largest satay distributor. Their business has expanded from merely supplying satay and marinated meats to launching its first concept restaurant in City Square Mall, Barbacoa, where familiar barbecue favourites are available as well as popular western dishes.
Decked out in a Wild West and Mexican theme that embodies a comfortable ambience, diners are also able to feast their eyes through a glass window separating the kitchen from the dining area, watching chefs do the grilling and chaperoning the dancing of flames.
Soup of the Day
For starters, the Soup of the Day that evening was a Fish Chowder soup, served with a sliced of toasted garlic bread. Reasonably priced at $4.90, chunks of tender fish can be found swimming in a comforting creamy soup that is not short on taste and flavour, served with a slice of toasted garlic bread.
The Breaded Mushroom makes a delicious appetiser; bite-sized shitake mushrooms are breaded and fried to pretty golden balls, served with homemade Mayonnaise sauce. I have no issues with the thin layer of breading that breaks apart easily – revealing juicy mushrooms within – although extra care must be given when picking it up with a fork.
Assorted Satay with Peanut Sauce ($6.90)
Ordering satay will be a safe bet, since that’s their specialty for the last couple of decades. For $6.90, you are served a dozen of flame-grilled satay served with the requisite peanut sauce, ketupat, cucumber and onion.
You have a choice of beef, chicken or pork, or you may simply go for an assorted selection.
The flavour-packed satays will not disappoint traditionalists; the expertly charred meat is firm without being too tough and dry. The accompanying peanut sauce has acquired the right texture; it is thick with robust flavours and crunchy textures, all without being unctuous.
1 dozen of specialty skewers served with BBQ sauce and Salad garnish, the Skewers Combo includes 2 sticks each of Honey mustard chicken, Jamaican chicken, Mediterranean chicken and Cajun beef.
Buffalo Chicken Wings
Their specialty Buffalo Chicken Wings comes in half a dozen of marinated Buffalo chicken wings grilled to an agreeable char, doused in a glistening buffalo sauce embracing just enough spice and sweetness, and sided with Ranch dressing, carrot and celery sticks. Using large sized chicken wings ensure a meaty, juicy culmination and the substantial portion makes this dish value-for-money.
For those whose preference of beef steer towards the rare side, you will find the Roast Beef too tough for your liking. It is marinated with their in-house recipe, slow cooked and roasted, served with a red wine sauce.
Roast Pork ($14.90)
The Roast Pork is slow cooked and roasted; you will be served thick slices of pork meat with crispy skin, sided with an in-house applesauce. This dish will not be popular amongst the ladies due to the toughness of the meat, but carnivores will be enticed.
½ Slab Baby Pork Ribs
($13.90 for half slab or $19.90 for full slab)
The headlining dish of the day has to be the Baby Pork Ribs. We ordered half a slab and it certainly wasn’t enough –after separating the meat from the bones, it actually isn’t a huge portion. Baby pork ribs are marinated and slow cooked overnight with an in-house recipe, coated with a choice of Hickory smoked BBQ sauce or Honey Cranberry sauce. We had the Hickory smoked BBQ sauce; it is sweet, savoury, smoky and delicious, a perfect pairing with the tender pork ribs. I will order this dish again when I return.
Grilled Fish of the day
Barbacoa will surprise you with the Grill Fish of the day. For that day, it was Grilled Dory Steak. When it arrived, the charred exterior didn’t impress me –but I shouldn’t be too quick to judge. The fish encompasses a crisp exterior with a moist and tender interior with no unpleasant burnt smell; it is served with an in-house sauce but it is tasty enough without any.
All main courses come with a side dish: you may choose from cheese fries, baked potato, French fries or mash potato, or you may order an additional portion of side dish from $2.90.
Baked Potato ($2.90)
Cheese Fries ($4.90)
An extensive beverage menu is available to wash down your delicious meal –gourmet coffees, teas, juices, soft drinks, beers, wines and milkshakes are available, as well as desserts to end your meal on a sweet note.
Green Tea milkshake $4.90
While not every dish impressed, there were a few outstanding ones that left an impact. For a reasonably priced carnivore fare with absolutely no service charge, Barbacoa is deemed value-for-money.
180 Kitchener Road
#02-39/40 City Square Mall
Tel: 6634 1884
Note: This was an invited tasting.
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