Golden Fortune Seafood Restaurant (678 TM Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila)

PhotoGrid_1372910509996Date visited: July 2013

What we ordered:

Suahe, Crispy Squid, Halaan, Steamed Lapu-Lapu and YangChow Fried Rice


Taste = 4.5/5

–          I have eaten at this place several times already but I don’t remember the food to have tasted this good. The Crispy Squid was cooked very well. The squid was on the spicy side and the meat was soft and not tough and chewy. The Halaan was just ok but the clams tasted fresh. The YangChow tasted above average. The Lapu-lapu was very fresh and the meat was very good. The sauce had a hint of sesame oil and really went well with the very fresh fish meat. The highlight of the dinner was the Suahe. The sizes of the shrimps were large and they were very fresh. The meat was soft but not mushy and the sauce in the heads tasted very good. The sour-salty sauce was just perfect.


Service = 5/5

–          The servers were very professional and it seemed that they have been doing their tasks since childhood. The dishes were served in good time and service was fast.


Ambience = 4/5

–          The restaurant looked clean and well-maintained but the other restaurants in its class have already made vast improvements.


Value for money = 4.5/5

–          The prices of the dishes were very reasonable. The dishes tasted very good and the freshness exceeded our expectations.

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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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