Place: Clean and beautifully furnished. We liked the good lighting and cool colors of the restaurant. Chairs were comfortable and the tables were spacious.
Food: Delicious! We ordered some of their specialities and bestsellers. We had the Chicken and Corn Soup, the Minced Curry Chicken Cake, the Stir-Fried Ho Fan with Assorted Meat, and the Baby Back Ribs BBQ with Rice, plus the Lemongrass Tea to drink.
The Chicken and Corn Soup (Php 175) was good, hearty. It had the right thickness and the good balance of flavors, of sweet and salty. We loved the fact that the soup was teeming with fresh and crisp corn kernels and well-seasoned chicken bits.
The Minced Curry Chicken Cake (Php 195) was a good appetizer. Each cake was perfectly fried, crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. And each one was perfectly seasoned. The curry flavor wasn't too strong and was complemented by cilantro. The dish came with a sweet chili dip that went well with the cakes.
The Stir-Fried Ho Fan with Assorted Meat (Php 305) was O-K. The wide rice noodles were sautéed with bean sprouts, carrots, pork slices, shrimps, chorizo, and a savory sauce, then topped with scrambled egg. The sauce's flavor was a little too subtle, and the bean sprout taste overpowered the dish. We loved the noodles though for they were of good quality.
The Baby Back Ribs BBQ with Rice (Php 295) is a must-eat! A big serving of well-marinated, perfectly grilled baby back ribs, nestling on fluffy rice, served with very tasty barbecue sauce and buttered vegetables (corn, carrots, and cucumber). The meat was really tender and delicious! The sauce was the one that made the whole dish exciting to eat. It's savory, just a tad sweet, and not spicy. Really, this dish was perfection on a plate!
The Lemongrass Tea (Php 105) is the restaurant's own concoction. For the drink, they mixed lemongrass and pandan. It's served hot or cold. We had it cold, and it was served to us in a tall glass, with slices of fruits (pineapple, dragon fruit, calamansi, lime). We liked it. It was refreshing, flavors were subtle, and it wasn't too sweet.
Must-eats: Chicken and Corn Soup, Baby Back Ribs BBQ with Rice
Price: Considering food quality, taste, and serving size, prices are reasonable.
Service: OK. The servers were cordial and knowledgable about the dishes. Waiting time was acceptable.
Lemongrass is on the 1st floor of the Shangri-la Plaza Mall.