5.074 TERRP 34(1.31) Kenny Rogers Roasters: Roast Chicken Plate

-Cycle 5, Item 74-
20 (Thu) March 2014

Roast Chicken Plate


at Kenny Rogers Roasters (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-


Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP). In Manila through mid-April, living above Robinsons Place, I'm going to attempt eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, so this could be my unique contribution to the food/blog scene of Manila. Given time constraints, I'll aim for the 36 establishments (currently--down from the initial 40) on the first floor, working my way up.  

This is the 34th restaurant in the series, the 31st from the 1st floor.  Pedro Gil Wing--the final one!--for now.

Previously covered restaurants (for installments 01-10, see post 11(1.11) below; for installments 11-20, see post 21(1.18) below):

- 11(1.11) Feb 5 / Wendy's (American) (see 5.031 Baconator Mushroom Melt) / 1.0 / $

- 21(1.18) Feb 24 / Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Singaporean) (see 5.050 Chicken Sa Po Fan...) / 2.0 / $

- 31(1.28) Mar 17 / Jollibee (Filipino) (see 5.071 Garlic Bangus) / 1.0 / $
- 32(1.29) Mar 18 / UCC Café Terrace (Japanese) (see 5.072 Zha Jiang Mian) (Chinese) / 2.5 / $$
- 33(1.30) Mar 19 / Uncle Cheffy (Western) (see 5.073 Cream Dory Meunière) (French) / 1.5 / $$$

Usually not this empty.

Kenny Rogers Roasters is an American chain restaurant.  Founded in 1991 by country singer legend Kenny Rogers.  Expanded to more than 425 locations by 1996. Sold to Malaysian company in 1996.  Filed for bankruptcy in 1999.  Currently around 150 locations, all in Asia, including 35 in the Philippines.  Menu includes American-style grilled meats, notably the signature roast chicken, which is typically paired in combo plates with various side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, etc.  Of course, in the Philippines, fried chicken is also available, as is rice, and gravy.

Most solo plates around 200 to 300 pesos.

In essence, this is American banchan.

I like these open displays, because obviously the visual provides a good indication of whether I might enjoy it--for the same reason, I wish that airlines would have open samples during the meal service.

The food was whatever.  The chicken itself was tasty enough, though unbearably dry in the white meat.   The sides--I ordered cole slaw and corn & carrots--were okay.  I highly doubt that I'll ever come back for more.

Rice and gravy are like the kimchi of the Philippines.

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