Tao Yuan Shark’s Fin & Seafood Restaurant (Upper Ground Level Al Fresco Area, Robinsons Magnolia)

PhotoGrid_1369930587722Date visited: May 2013

What we ate:

Szechuan Style Spicy Beef, Fried Squid Stuffed with Mashed Shrimp in Salt and Pepper, Hakaw, Chciken Feet and Fried Rice with Barbecued Pork and Garlic

Taste = 5/5

–          When I asked Lyn how the Spicy Beef tasted, she said it tasted like fast-food. I took a bite and I agreed that it tasted like fast-food beef but in a very good way. It was soft, burgery, a little sour, a little sweet and a little spicy … just great. The best dish was the fried squid with shrimp. Anytime you mix squid and shrimp together and cook it really well, it’s always a winner: fried sweet shrimp ball with a crispy but firm squid outer layer then dip it in good vinegar, yummy! The Hakaw (shrimp siomai) and Chicken Feet were good as well, very neatly presented and tasted very well. Lucky for us, the Fried Rice was the perfect complement to what we ordered. It added just the right amount of pork and garlic flavour that enhanced the other dishes’.

Service = 5/5

–          The servers were very attentive and made us feel that all of their attention was on us. They gave quick but warm service.

Ambience = 5/5

–          The restaurant’s dining area felt like an impressive Chinese banquet. It was well-lit, tables draped with good fabric, nice furnishings and utensils and the chairs were very nice. The only flaw was that the tables are not spaced far from each other so a little manoeuvring is needed to get around the place.

Value for money = 4.5/5

–          The prices were more expensive than what I expected but the taste, quality, service and ambiance certainly made up for the relatively high charges.

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Lam Tin Tea House (30-U Banawe St. Cor Cuenco St. Brgy Sto. Domingo, Quezon City)

Lam Tin Tea HouseDate visited: May 2013

What we ate:

Suahe, Yang Chow Fried Rice, Chicken Siopao and Chicken Feet


Taste = 5/5

–          I haven’t eaten on all of the Chinese restaurants along Banawe but so far, Lam Tin has the best-tasting food in that street considering the prices. They also have the best Chicken Siopao, a chicken ball with a distinct taste wrapped inside very soft sweet bread then steamed to perfection. I loved the taste of the shrimp head sauce on the Suahe because they were very fresh. The shrimp meat was very soft and was almost like jelly. The dipping sauce, a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, green onion and chillies with some sugar, was superb. Their Yang Chow tasted like what great fried rice should taste. It was not oily at all, had a generous amount of shrimps and was seasoned very well. Their Chicken Feet here are Lyn’s favourite and she said they were very tender and was coated with a very tasty sauce.


Service = 5/5

–          The restaurant probably represents an old-school Chinese restaurant with even the owners and his children serving the customers. Even though I got sprayed on by saliva while talking to the server, we got fast service.


Ambience = 3.5/5

–          The place had basic furniture, basic comfort rooms and basic utensils. We felt that people were there for one purpose – to eat and then go home. That wasn’t really a problem since they serve great Chinese food.


Value for money = 5/5

–          Don’t let the picture fool you. The smallest Yang Chow rice serving could feed 3 people (5 females or 2 males) and their siopao comes in twos. Their food items are really priced properly.

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