Date visited: August 2013
What we ordered:
Lumpiang Shanghai, Canton Special, Fried Chicken and Fried Rice
Taste = 4.5/5
– When we came to this restaurant, we thought that the specialty was only pancit. However, there were more images of their fried chicken than pancit so we thought we should give it a try. Good thing we did. The chicken itself was a bit bland but when we combined it with the brown sauce, the taste was very good. I think the chicken had a little flavouring to it and the sauce just made the flavours burst out. Very tender and juicy chicken combined with an old school sweet and sour brown sauce, perfect! When they served the pancit, it was on the saucy side and tasted salty. Since we couldn’t finish any of the dishes because the servings were large, we had leftovers. When I tasted the pancit the next day, it was the best pancit I’ve tasted. It became dry but very flavourful and the saltiness was gone. I don’t know what happened but it was just the way I like my pancit. It was even perfect with rice. The Lumpia tasted old school as well which was a refreshing change from the more floury variants we taste today. Lyn liked the fried rice very much because it was as old school as you can get. Bits of almost burnt rice, pale look, minimal ingredients but the taste reminded us of home cooking.
Service = 5/5
– When we visited the restaurant, it was around 30 min to closing time and we were the only ones there so all their attention was on us. Nevertheless, I think their service was really fast as we got all of our orders in about 5 to 10 min after ordering.
Ambience = 3.5/5
– The restaurant has been around a long time (4th oldest restaurant in Manila est 1929) and it showed on everything. Good thing everything was clean, even the restroom.
Value for money = 4.5/5
– Their prices weren’t really the most affordable ones but I really liked their pancit, the leftover taste (next day taste) that is. Overall, the taste of the food and speed of service were easily above other similar restaurants that actually charge more.
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