The mall food court - a collection of eateries that usually include the following: Japanese teppanyaki, a burger chain, Chinese combo #5, sandwiches, juice bar, slice pizza and french fry joint. Depending on the size, there will naturally be more options. But really, it is generally much of the same. However, with an invite to try out Li'l Cheese Steak Spot in Royal Centre, there appeared to be something different on the horizon. As per usual, I enlisted the help of Sean to help me in this adventure.
We started off with some salads to whet our palates. Of the 2, I enjoyed the Black-Eyed Peas the best as it combined onions, olives and cilantro finished with olive oil and lemon juice. Although super simple, it was appealingly acidic and salty (due to the olives). As for the Tomato Salad, it consisted of tomatoes, onions and cilantro with olive oil and lemon juice. This one was much milder and lighter due to the ingredients. From this I headed straight for the Gumbo made of okra, chicken and smoked sausage atop white rice. This was a little less rich than other versions I've tried but it was still hearty nonetheless (I'm sure a darker rue might scare some people off). There was a bevy of ingredients that made this fulfilling. Flavours were slightly smoky with only a touch of spice.
Moving onto the main event, we sampled both the Beef Cheesesteak and Roast Pork Sandwich. Believe it or not, we liked the Roast Pork more as it felt more hearty and impactful. It was dressed with melted cheese, grilled onions, fresh tomatoes, pesto and banana peppers on a hand-made roll. The pork itself was meaty and tender exhibiting a nice natural flavour. I thought the ingredients accented well except for the peppers as they were pretty acidic (maybe less of them or none at all?). While the Cheese Steak was named as such, I considered it more of a shaved prime rib sandwich. With that in mind, it was a solid sandwich with melt-in-my-mouth beef that was nestled in melted cheese. Again, I would've enjoyed this even more with less banana peppers (so that the beef and cheese could stand out more). Overall, I enjoyed the freshly made food at Li'l Cheeses Steak. It sure beats the deli meats next door at Subway.
*All food was complimentary*
- Freshly made-to-order sandwiches
- Meats are good quality
- I would ditch the banana peppers personally (interferes with the natural flavours)