Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Roli Roti Chicken at Civic Center
For close to two years every Wednesday, I passed by Roli Roti Chicken Truck at the Civic Center Plaza without giving it a second glance. Within my peripheral vision, I see dozens of golden brown chicken rotating round and round. The fat dripping down from the top chicken to the roasting potatoes in the bottom. The nice smell of rosemary mixed in with roasting chicken meat were enticing but I just always walked on to the tamales truck.
Until today, during another Wednesday Farmer's Market at Civic Center, I was too famished at 1 PM to ignore the delicous scent. I broke down and bought a Roli Combo and scampered to my office to eat my lunch.
Oh, boy! Like a neanderthal in a business outfit, I just finished attacking those babies and my fingers are still covered with chicken fat and potato grease while I am typing this review.
It does not matter. I am so excited to talk about how good my lunch of Roli Combo was that I could not wait until I wash my hands. For $6, you get a quarter of a chicken (thigh and drumstick) and about 8 good sized roated rosemary potatoes.
For someone who is not a big chicken fan, Roti-Roti's won this bovine girl's heart. When I got my Roli Combo from the Chicken Truck at Civic Center's Farmer's Market, it was still very hot when I got back to my office.
The chicken was surprisingly very flavorful with herbs. The optional sea salt brought out the flavors more and added texture to the skin. The piece of lime on the side complimented the chicken. The skin was not crispy but it was so full of flavors. The flavors were trapped in the meat while the skin sealed all the juices. The chicken was very tender and so juicy that I stripped and sucked the chicken all the way to the bones in the privacy of my own office with the doors locked. Whew!
Now let's talk about the potatoes. The potatoes were nicely caramelized on the outside with the inside was very tender. The rosemary was very nice but not overpowering.
This is one of the most flavorful, tender and delicious rotisserie chickens I have ever had.
For comparison's sake, Whole Food's whole rotisserie chicken is almost always dry at $9.99 each while Costco's whole chicken is very cheap for a mere $4.99 for a whole salty and moist chicken. And I thought Costco's was okay until I had Roli Roti's! Roli Roti's chickens are sold for $12 each. Expensive but you get what you pay for. They are free of hormones and antibiotics.
Next time I get my next craving of rotisserie chicken, Roli Roti's will be my first choice.
(Roli Roti's Chicken Truck can be found at the Civic Center Plaza every Wednesday and at the Ferry Building every Thusday. For their every famous porcheta sandwiches, you have catch them at the Ferry Building.)
FOODIE GIRL'S RATING: 4 Stars for juicy, succulent chicken and potatoes
0 Star: Never again!!! These people should not be in business.
1 Star: Chalk it to bad experience. Live and learn.
2 Stars: Very disappointing but there it has some good things to offer.
3 Stars: It is okay but do not expect much. I will still return.
4 Stars: I like it! I will be singing your praises!
5 Stars: I will be dreaming of you at night!
6 Stars: Perfection (or close to!)