Ploughman’s Lunch and Coffee
After receiving multiple suggestions from my Facebook Page followers, my friends and I chose Ploughman’s Lunch & Coffee for lunch today. We arrived at exactly 12 noon and managed to get a table without too much difficulty but shortly after our arrival, the downtown office lunch crowd started to pour in one after another. I really liked the coziness of the atmosphere and the decor of this place made it feel like as if we were at somebody’s house for lunch. So far, my first impressions have been positive and I focus my eyes on their menu to see what I can order to eat.
I ordered their lunch special ($9.95) Pesto Turkey Melt that came with a daily soup. Another one of my lunch companions ordered the same but got his with a side Caesar Salad instead. My other friend ordered the Ploughman’s Lunch Plate ($8.55), which consisted of bread, cheddar & gouda cheese slices, soup, homemade dill pickle and a slice of apple. The Indonesian Sweet Potato & Cabbage Soup was the popular choice at our table.
We had no complaints about the food. The homemade bread was fresh and very tasty and the Indonesian Sweet Potato and Cabbage Soup was fragrant and delicious. However, the soup was served cold. We were also disappointed with the portion sizes. We thought the soup could have come in a bigger bowl and the amount of turkey on the open face sandwich could have been a bit more substantial for the price charged. The Ploughman’s Lunch Plate could have been filled more by a bigger slice of bread, more cheese, bigger bowl of soup and you guessed it, more apple slices. When we mentioned about the cold soup to our server after the fact, she remarked back that she would have gladly reheated them in a microwave for us if we had said something during the meal. One of my pet peeves is that restaurants should not be using a microwave to heat food. You may heat my plate in your microwave but not with my food on it.
The concept and the flavors were excellent but the execution was a bit sketchy. They need to work on their plate presentation, portion sizes and they have to ensure that the food they serve is at its optimum temperature.