Place: It's O-K. Good lighting, good decor. But the floors seemed dirty, so were some chairs and tables.
Food: Delicious! We had the Boneless Chicken Barbecue, Hototay Soup, and Pancit Canton.
The Boneless Chicken Barbecue (Php 149) was cooked well; the meat was juicy and the skin was charred to perfection. The marinade had a good mixture of sweet, salty, and peppery flavors. And it's important to note that the chicken (and pork) has had this flavorful marinade since time immemorial. The taste has never changed all these years. The barbecue comes with an equally delicious java rice that's not too oily, had meaty bits, and a subtle cajun flavor.
The Hototai Soup (Php 229) was hearty. It wasn't too salty. It was also teeming with dumplings and vegetables. The dumplings were packed with good filling, while the vegetables were fresh. The unique thing about Aristocrat's version of the soup is that they put slices of cucumber. We don't know exactly what the cucumber does for the soup but okay...
The Pancit Canton (Php 309) was a winner. The noodles were firm, the sauce was flavorful and there wasn't too much of it, and there were lots of vegetables, meatballs, and gizzard. Although the meatballs were a tad too pungent, we loved the dish. Primarily because of the firm noodles.
Must-eats: Pancit Canton, Chicken Barbecue
Price: Considering service size, taste, and food quality, prices are reasonable.
Service: It was OK. The waiters were attentive. Waiting time for the food was acceptable.
The Aristocrat is along Roxas Boulevard in Manila.