20 May 2012
Food Trip: Dining at Vegas Cafe at Thunderbird Poro Point
“It is a concept restaurant reminiscent of casino restaurants in Vegas and in Macau,” says the front desk personnel of Thunderbird Resort Poro Point (read review here) when I asked her of the other Thunderbird resto other than Olives Restaurant (read review here).
I look at her. “Really? I’ve never been to Vegas but I’ve been to Macau a couple of times. Please ask our shuttle driver to take us there,” I courteously requested.
Right beside the Thunderbird Poro Point compound is the Fiesta Casino. As I was with my family which does not enjoy casinos much, er or should I say at all, we opted to try the restaurant right beside Fiesta Casino – – Vegas Cafe.
Vegas Cafe is a 15-minute walk away from the hotel, or if you are a hotel guest, can ride the free shuttle that drives around the compound. As mentioned by the front desk personnel, Vegas Cafe is a conceptual restaurant reminiscent of casino restaurants in Vegas and in Macau. Or not.
I’ve been to Macau twice. Macau never failed to impress me with the marriage of its new buildings and old structures (read Macau blog here). I was preparing myself to be impressed by this so called Vegas Cafe’s alleged awesomeness. Negative.
Boy oh boy, was I ever disappointed. The Vegas Cafe was nowhere near what I imagined it to be. It was a typical restaurant with ordinary resto ambiance, average resto service, and so so resto food. It was a typical multi-cultural restaurant with cuisine ranging from Filipino to Asian, to Italian, to Japanese, to Chinese, etc.
Usual dinner buns were unusually cold. Cold buns aren’t good. Not good at all. Hence to request for the buns to be heated in a toaster or oven, we had to do the frantic waving of hands ritual, as several waiters ran up and down the aisle, waiters busy with the other gazzilion, okay okay am exaggerating here tens of guests’ requests in the resto.
The family’s appetizer was well, due to a lack of a better term, appetizing. We opted to have a Japanese platter inclusive of all Japanese goodness such as several servings of sushi, maki, sashimi, etc.
Representing Filipino dishes was the infamous Sinigang. We opted to get the Sinigang sa Bangus Belly. Again, nothing fancy. Sour soup coupled with string beans, tomatoes, and kangkong leaves here and there, with tons of Bangus Belly swimming in sour broth.
Vegas Cafe’s a typical restaurant with average-tasting food, ordinary ambiance, and slow yet courteous service. Slow service might be due to the undermanned staff. How slow was the service? Look at Familia Pascua whilst waiting, and waiting, and waiting. And waiting. Picture not staged. I swear.
Food Spot: Vegas Cafe
Address: Fiesta Casinos – Poro Point, VOA Compound, Pennsylvania Avenue, San Fernando City, La Union Philippines 2500
Telephone Number: +63.72.888.7777
Budget: PHP 300 to 500 per person
Others: Operating Hours – 24 hours
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