Sunday, January 23, 2011
In hindsight, the Benj and i should have brought my father, who brought me up on pop american music and culture at this diner when treated my dad for a birthday lunch.
it's a 50's-early 60's themed diner. so something like the one in back to the future, lou's diner hahaha.
naturally they have a juke box, and naturally it doesn't have 45's anymore. ooops i bet y'all don't know what 45's are anymore. but anyhoo, it plays cd's.
and their really really expensive menu for what they really are i mean.
more comfort food.
and a little-back grounder of the restaurant's story.
more comfort food and their prices.
the inside of Johnny Rockets, the Robinson's Galeria branch.
i went through the Benj's coins for me to get some Aretha's Respect, the Byrd's Turn Turn Turn, Wild Thing, and a Barry White song.
and oooh, 1buck per song. yes, you can pay for an oldies song that's on the list. that night though i was the only one working the juke box. but one other person in the whole resto was enjoying the music i chose and dropped a coin for.
what we ordered:
the cookies and cream milk shake thick and wonderful. oh they actually make this in a bigger shaker, and what you see here is what just fills Benj's glass. the shaker with which the shake was made in was at my side and i tried [and failed] to sip from with their really narrow straw. [pang soft drinks ang straw hindi pang shake...like quickly or zagu]
the burger. the Benj got something similar. but it was 100 percent beef with no extenders. it was about an inch and half of juicy medium well grilled patty of deeeeelight.
and oh back to the really thick milk shake. those cookie bits will never go through their really narrow straws. LOLz.
the 'amusing' part, the waitresses subject themselves to dancing to old tunes. like the theme to hawaii 5-0 and irene cara's, fame.
twice the Benj and I had to see them through this embarrassment.
the ambiance: except for the dancing they almost got it right, from the juke box to that thing where you drop the coin to select your songs at every table. to the chairs and even the interior. just make sure of the songs you paid for, since the waitresses sometimes queue up their own songs, overriding yours, but you can call their attention to rectify that matter.
the food: we had a couple of awesome REALLY REALLY FILLING burgers. they were grilled just right, very juicy, no extenders, no short cuts and very 50's american. the milk shake is a meal in itself. yes, the food served here is bigger than the usual Pancake House or Iceberg servings, and guess what, that's why there's a hefty price tag per order. the unlimited fries fills you all the more. it's a quarterly event for me i think. i don't work out so not eating like i'm a teen ager is how i stay in my clothes without popping the top button of my jeans.
the price: well you pay for the ambiance and the big a$$ food. so it's gonna be pricey, i won't lie. so it's an experience rather than a place to eat on a daily basis. besides, unless you're on a gain weight program [the unhealthy kind] this joint is really really not a good place for your arteries hahaha.
the service: the service was fast and friendly, and the waitress did rectify the matter of my song getting overridden with her remote control, so it's all good. but the dancing is not amusing but merely embarrassing and totally not cute and un-cool. not rad.
will the Benj and i come back here? - sure for celebrations but not for date night, i think.