Ramon Lee’s Panciteria (540 Ronquillo St., Sta. Cruz, Manila)

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.

Click here for their Facebook page.

6 thoughts on “Ramon Lee’s Panciteria (540 Ronquillo St., Sta. Cruz, Manila)

  1. lmjapan says:

    The food on their Facebook page looks really good! I have a question about the pancit, does it always use the same kind of noodles? Because growing up I had a friend whose parents owned an Asian buffet that served pancit. But the noodles there were a lot thinner and more see-through looking than the ones I see on the Facebook page. I remember loving that pancit so much, I would eat a whole plate of just that and nothing else!

    • rey & lyn says:

      We use different noodles which were introduced by the Chinese. The noodles are mostly either rice noodles or egg noodles and are either thick or thin. The thin noodles (bihon, efuven, miswa, sotanghon) are the more transparent ones while the thick ones (lomi, pancit Malabon, pancit luglog, mami, canton) are either whitish or yellowish. They can be stir-fried, a little saucy, or in soups! There are a lot of dishes that can be made with them and I haven’t tried them all. Hehehe. The dish that we ate at Ramon Lee’s used thick egg noodles. Great to hear that you liked it! Hope you can try the other variants. 🙂

  2. epoy says:

    Our family used to live at Pandacan..we had wonderful memories at Ramon Lee’s.. as a little tad , it was my first time to savor the taste of Chinese cuisine on this restaurant. My brother’s wedding receptions were celebrated here, and it’s been my Dad’s first choice to treat us…

    • rey & lyn says:

      Wow. You’re lucky to have tasted your first Chinese cuisine in this restaurant! They give great service and the pancit canton is definitely going to make me come back here again and again.

  3. Liz says:

    That is surely a very old restaurant, i think they need to improve on their ambience. But since the service seems to be excellent I think I prefer service over ambience. I now see the reason why they’ve been in business all these year!

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