Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Phew. After clearing 2 reports, I feel like a new man. Principles of Genetics is truly no joke. Now I have time to post last Sunday's lunch.
I headed for O'Briens at Millenia Walk together with my sis, Pearl, and her friend, Limin, after church. I know it sounds really unlike me but there are days when I feel the urge to eat something light. Maybe it's an innate balancing system to give the digestive tract a rest. So yes. I had sandwiches for lunch that day. No big bowl of creamy soup, no unlimited helpings of bread and no dessert.
I had the Tuna Swiss Melt Toostie ($7.60) which was basically a tuna mayo sandwich. Toostie apparently is O'Briens' term for 'classic thick bread toasted sandwich'. It was slightly thicker than the average slice of Gardenia bread, but it was no monster. A choice of white or brown bread was available. It originally came with Aran Island Sauce that resembled Thousand Island but I had told the staff to go easy on that. They ran out of Swiss cheese so I settled for cheddar and mozzarella instead. In fact I had actually planned to order Turkey & Brie but they had run out of Turkey. Off-peak season or over-hunted last Christmas perhaps?
The tuna filling was supported by red onions, tomato slices, cheese and a lettuce-rocket combo. Over-all I did enjoy the sandwich though I wouldn't rank it as one of the best around. I wished they would increase their measely portion of chips which accompanied the sandwich.
Pearl and Limin decided to share a Mozzarella Wrappo ($6.60) and a Tropical Tossed Salad ($7.60).
The Mozzarella Wrappo looked like what the Incredible Hulk would eat if he goes vegetarian. I found it to be rather refreshing with fresh basil, tomatoes and mixed leaves wrapped in a spinach tortilla wrap. This wrap is vegetarian and tastes as healthy as it sounds. The fresh flavours of the ingredients tamed a little by the soft tortilla.
The Tropical Tossed Salad had bits of chicken, mango, orange, sultanas, cucumber, watercress and mixed leaves tossed in a very fragrant olive oil vinaigrette. This really worked up my appettite with the fresh-tasting leaves, citrusy orange pieces, sweet sultanas and slightly savoury olive oil priming my taste buds for more. But I did maintain my discipline especially with dinner just a mere three hours away. That's another story though.
O'Briens (with various branches)
Opens 7.30am - 9.00pm Monday to Friday
9.30am - 9.00pm Saturday
11.30am - 8.00pm Sunday/Public Holidays
Chew On This: All branches are enabled with free wireless broadband (WIFI) access so customers can have a bite and yet remain connected to the world through their laptops, PDAs etc.