29 August 2011
Food Trip: Lugang Cafe Craze in Manila
For foodies searching for Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine, you’d be delighted to know that Shanghai-based Bellagio Restaurant is now in Manila! Bellagio is known for its best Taiwanese cuisine in China and the best desserts in Shanghai.
Lugang Cafe is a restaurant occupying 3 floors in a new spacious building along the Connecticut street in Greenhills. This Chinese restaurant is store number 27 of the Bellagio Management Group from Shanghai, China.
Lugang Cafe is a fusion of modern and traditional Chinese restaurants in terms of ambiance and style.
I was informed that almost everything was imported from China and Hong Kong, inclusive of chairs, tables, lights, couches, decorations, etc.
The food. The verdict.
Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao. Generally good dumpling but could need a bit of improvement on the wrapper which was at the brink of tearing when picked up, and a bit of improvement on the taste, as we heavily relied on our soy sauce.
Steamed Vegetable and Pork Dumplings – Good most especially for veggie lovers. Spinach was evidently one of the main ingredients. Mmmmm and nutritious.
Steamed Shrimp and Pork Shiao Mai – tasty soupy shrimp dumplings. Good order.
Minced Pork in Spicy Peanut Sauce over Noodles – We weren’t exactly thrilled with this dish. Not spicy, but very peanutty period.
Szechuan Dan-Dan Noodles with Peanut Sauces – We were informed that this is one of the best sellers, but there was a lot of noodles and sauce left on the table.
Milk Custard with Mango on Shaved Ice – Think Mango icemonster. You never go wrong with sweet ripe yellow mangoes.
Black Sesame and Peanut Butter Shaved Ice – Another bestseller, but after 3 spoonfuls, we’re done.
Lugang Cafe’s hard working chefs make dumplings non-stop.
Hot tea – Nothing like a good pot of hot tea to drown the food down.
Several of the dishes we ordered may not be appreciated by typical Filipinos, given the taste and texture of the food. However, on the premise that you order the right dishes for your palette and avoid the bestseller peanut-based dishes, you might be part of the Lugang craze after all. I’ll probably be back and order the Roast Asado, Garlic Pork Roll, and Taiwanese Stewed Minced Pork.
Restaurant: Lugang Cafe
Address: 116 Connecticut St., Northeast Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63.2.721.9100, +63.2.570.9011
Budget: PHP 250-1000 per person
Others: Reserving a table is highly recommended as the place gets packed often. No problem with parking. The restaurant has its own parking lot across the restaurant.
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