Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Spirit of Ponderosa Lives on at Astons Steak & Salad!

I sorely miss the now defunct Ponderosa. Probably one of the first few places I cut my teeth on steaks and baked potato, Ponderosa holds many a happy memoory dining out with the family when I was a kid. So imagine my joy in discovering that the old Astons Prime has morphed into a restaurant that brings back that shiok Ponderosa feeling! :)

A Salad Bar ($19.90) offering coleslaw, mixed leaves, pasta salad, turnip, beans, olives, broccoli, walnuts etc always brings a smile.

From the the hot food salad bar counter, chew on Brussels sprouts, grilled mushrooms, pasta in tomato sauce and steamed veggies. At least 3 different hot soups from vegetables soup, onion soup and cream of mushroom should warm up empty bellies.

Also available were hot comfort food of potato wedges, onion rings, hash browns, mashed potato...some French beans and sauerkraut added a refreshing break from the yummy carbs.

And then it is back to chewing moore greens. Moohehe.

To complement the salad bar, a number of meats should please moost omnivores. The Pork Chops ($25.90; price comes with the salad bar!) were thin and super tender though I much prefer a more robust taste of the pork.

Grilled Chicken Dinner ($21.90, price comes with the salad bar!) boasted a sizable boneless chicken thigh nicely grilled with a fragrant aroma. The succulent meat had flavours of satay....without the meddling bamboo skewers. My choice of side, the baked potato, was exactly how I remembered Ponderosa's baked potato to be- creamy, buttery, salty and a bit too small! :p

End off with some fruits and the creamy soft serve ice cream. The latter again provided heaps of flashbacks to Ponderosa days.

Moocho gracias for bringing those delicious childhood memories back!

*All prices stated are already inclusive of 7% and there is no service charge (but got service hor!)

Astons Steak & Salad
The Centrepoint
Opens: 11.30am to 10pm daily
Tel: 6235 0556

Chew On This: Aston, the guy behind the Astons chain of restaurant, used to work at Ponderosa and I think this particular restaurant is a fine tribute to the magic of Ponderosa.


FoodieFC said...

salad bar at Aston? Did not know that! Thanks for sharing!

Camemberu said...

Wow! I would so go for the salad bar itself! And no ++!

Jer Lin said...

i fondly remember the blue-colored jello at ponderosa, and heaping my soft serve with toppings!!n

Knockonfood said...

This is awesome news, I loved Ponderosa as a kid and it was my family's regular dinner place!

The Hungry Cow said...

FoodieFC: Hey you're moost welcome. Go check them out!

Camemberu: Yea, but I think I will still be tempted to get some meat. LOL.

stargirl: You are absolutely right about the blue jello! I totally forgot about it. The soft serve here is pretty yummy!

Knockonfood: High 5! I can certainly relate to those memoories. :D

Anonymous said...

this is great news! i miss ponderosa.. that's like the first buffet ever for me. haha.