Lugang Café Dinner
Lugang Café is a relatively new restaurant at the SM Mall of Asia (opened late 2011) that operated by the Bellagio Group of Restaurants (famous in China). To be honest, I’m not really familiar with their history as I just got it from their “About Us”. But what I know is upon approaching their restaurant, you would be able to see their open kitchen and once inside, you will be amazed (well… I was) at their interior design. It really looks like a fine dining Chinese themed restaurant complete with chandeliers and shiny decorations. But with nice ambiance comes with great prices… so I was expecting a wallet burner upon seeing their menu…
They have a lot of dishes available and I’m glad that they have a list of their “best-sellers” so that limited our choices and to which we (Jessa and I) ordered the following.
Steamed Xiao Long Bao – PHP 188
We start our meal with an appetizer and soup in one! Ever since I saw my officemate cried a tear after eating Xiao Long Bao, I became much careful when eating this dim sum. Lesson Learned: Don’t put the whole bun in your mouth! It was a good combination of tasty soup and a meaty dumpling. If you could improve more on the soup, it would be much better!
Three-Cup Chicken – PHP 290
I was wondering why they call it three-cup chicken so after reading other blogs, I found that it was cooked using 3 cups made up of 1 cup of rice wine, 1 cup of soy sauce and 1 cup of sesame oil. The result was a very flavorful oriental bbq like taste that will make you want to eat it with hot steaming rice. Be warned, it has a lot of chicken bones on each piece. Why didn’t they use a fillet instead so we can spend more time appreciating the flavor than removing the bones?
Minced Pork in Spicy Peanut Sauce over Noodles – PHP 230
We ordered noodles so that we won’t have to order rice. Among the noodles they have, we picked this due to the fact that it has minced pork (as I loved giniling / arroz a la cubana or similar). It wasn’t spicy and I loved the minced pork. Our only problem here was the noodles was too thick for the limited sauce and it was a bit soggy.
To our surprise, Lugang Café didn’t put a dent to our wallets. We enjoyed our meal as we got to taste new dishes and we weren’t disappointed with the taste. Will definitely come back to try out the other dishes, milk teas and desserts.
Till next time,
SM Mall of Asia
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Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay
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