Food Stall Review: Shikoku Teriyaki Express

Details: Located in the food court of the New World Mall, Flushing, NY 11355. Couldn’t find an official site, so here’s the yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/shikoku-teriyaki-express-flushing

This is your standard chicken teriyaki place you’d expect to see in any reasonably sized American mall. What’s ironic is that this is mostly a Chinese mall with Chinese oriented businesses and the chicken teriyaki here is decidedly an American mall style. It’s about five to six dollars for chicken. Other options like beef or shrimp cost more. You get rice and vegetables and you can replace rice with noodles. It’s classic, American mall food in a Chinese mall. It’s not great, but I sometimes get the urge for it.

Score: 4/10

Restaurant Review: The Kati Roll Company

Details: Located at 49 West 39th St., New York, NY 10018. Official site is https://www.thekatirollcompany.com/

Came here during the lunch rush on a weekday. Like most lunch places around this time, this place was packed.

What they sell here is Indian spiced meats or vegetables, wrapped in Indian flat bread or roti. I ordered the chicken tikka roll and the beef tikka roll. It was okay. Somewhat spicy. If your expecting it to be kind of creamy like chicken tikka marsala, this isn’t that. It’s spiced with a more liquid, spicy green sauce. The roll itself isn’t too large, but I think it’s priced appropriately at around five dollars for a place in midtown.

The interior is actually nicer than I thought so you can sit in the restaurant if you want. It’s kind of small though. No waiters or anything so you have to pick up your food from the counter.

They also sell a couple kinds of lassi that looks like something they packaged themselves.

Score: 5.6/10 Okay, but I’m probably never going to eat here again.

Restaurant Review: Bareburger

Details: Address is 535 Laguardia Pl., New York, NY 10012. Official site is http://www.bareburger.com/

I’ve been to a number of Bareburger locations around the tri-state area and in my opinion, Bareburger is the best fast casual burger of them all. I feel that it’s better than Shake Shack, Five Guys, or Burger Joint. I feel that it’s better than all those chain, bar and grill places like TGI Fridays and Applebee’s. Many people have disagreed with me, but that’s my opinion.

The first thing I like about Bareburger is the design of the restaurants. I like the corny bear puns and the fact each Bareburger I’ve been too looks like a garage. I also like the use of wood and that there are booths to sit at.

But as much as I like the interior, it’s got to be about the burgers, or in this case, the toppings you can put on the burgers. Firstly, in terms of the quality of the patty, the burger patty is as good as any other fast casual place. Additionally, you get to order things like boar meat or ostrich (among other things), stuff you can’t get elsewhere. Personally, I feel that beef is the correct choice, but the option is there.

As for the toppings, you can get just about anything, ranging from a fried egg to brisket to duck. There are just an enormous number of combinations you can go for. Most importantly to me, is the inclusion of different kinds of sauces and mayonnaise like paprika mayonnaise curry ginger ketchup.

Which leads me to the fries and onion rings. I think that this place easily does fries and onion rings better than Shake Shack, or Burger Joint… maybe about even with Five Guys’ French fries. What Five Guys doesn’t have are the extra sauces that come with a basket of fries. Bareburger wins yet again with three kinds of dipping sauces that go with the fries. I think the three are curry ketchup and two mixes of mayonnaise. I always get a basket of onion rings and fries here.

In regards to price, it’s okay. It’s not as cheap as say, McDonald’s, but it’s about where Burger Joint and Shake Shack are. It’s somewhere between ten to around twenty dollars to order burgers, fries and drinks.

Score: 7/10 My favorite fast casual burger place. I will offer a disclaimer that most people I know disagree with me.