Lugang Cafe was our restaurant of choice before heading to the David Guetta concert in Manila last October (tugs tugs tugs tugs).
(Side story: We scored free tickets to a suite and got to,
rub elbows exchange smiles and glances with personalities like Victor Basa (!!!), Ruffa Gutierrez, Jenni Epperson, Rajo Laurel, and Divine Lee. There were other famous people in their suite it’s just that, um, I can’t put names on the faces. Akala ko nga ma-eextra ako sa photos ni Divine Lee–she posted a lot on her blog. Pero hindi e. :( Oh and just a word of caution if you’re a first timer on Divine Lee’s blog: there’ll be lots and lots of becky talk.)
Since we were starved before the concert, we ordered a FEAST in Lugang Cafe’s MOA branch. My first time to dine in Lugang was several months back (or has it been a year?) when it was fairly new.
Inside Lugang, you will see a mix of table types, some rounded in true Chinese resto fashion, and some just normal, everyday, square tables. All of them, however, partnered with plush, wide chairs. Notice the difference in lighting fixtures, too, how they’re not afraid to mix and match gold and silver lamps with different lighting hues.
I loved the color palette used in the restaurant: creme and black rendered in chic, upscale decor.
We had their Steamed Shrimp and Pork Shiao Mai (PhP218), which I enjoyed consuming to the core. I would definitely order this again.
Their Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao (PhP188) is, likewise, a must try! Very good take on the xiao long bao, and is perhaps better than those we had in Singapore.
For our main course, we had Steamed Fish Fillet with Crispy Tauso (PHP380). The brown bits on top tasted a bit odd, and left an interesting taste against the very garlicky fish.
We paired the fish with their Golden Fried Rice with Shredded Pork (PhP220), which can very much stand on its own. Lugang was very generous with the meat and seafood bits and I thought the dish, as a whole, was seasoned quite nicely (just the right amount of salty). The only problem: it didn’t really sit well with the viand. I thought the flavors of each dish clashed.
I really liked Lugang’s houseblend iced tea (PhP90) despite my struggle to finish the whole thing. It was huge!! Look at it in proportion to my face!
While our chosen main course combo wasn’t ideal, Lugang Cafe still is, in my opinion, one of the stronger Chinese restaurants in Manila. You must give their other dishes a try (I would recommend the Peking duck and the lapu-lapu).
Taste – 4/5 | Ambience – 4/5 |Variety – 4.5/5 | Service – 3.5/5 | Pricing – 4/5 | Would Go Back? – Yes
Lugang Cafe | 116 Connecticut St. Greenhills, San Juan and G/F SM Mall of Asia, Seaside Dr Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay