Saturday, January 3, 2015

First bite at Wangfu

Place: Nice modern furnishing. Sturdy spacious dining tables. Comfortable chairs. Messy counters and kitchen.

Food: Generally O-K. Food doesn't taste bad, but it's not great either. Some of us think that the dishes are bland. Some though think that that is a good thing because it gives the customers the chance to adjust the flavor.

We ordered some of their recommended dishes (those with the thumbs up icon).

First on our table was the Hakaw (Php 118): four pieces of packed dimsum pieces. Delicious! The filling was fresh and juicy. The wrapper though easily broke.

Next was the Beef Crispy Fried Noodles (Php 288): crispy noodles smothered with a thick, dark sauce, dappled with beef slices, carrots, and mushrooms, and served with bok choy. The ingredients were of high quality. The beef slices were tender. But the taste of the dish was not punctuated; there was something missing, flavor-wise. All we could sense was saltiness.

Then we ordered a set meal, The Salted Egg Fried Chicken meal (Php 188). The main dish came with a bowl of soup, unlimited serving of rice, and a small serving of tofu topped with pork floss. The Salted Egg Fried Chicken was tasty. One could really sense the salted egg flavor. The chicken though was just a little dry. And the dish, when it was presented, didn't look appetizing. The soup had hints of ginger, but its flavor was also not punctuated. The tofu dish was good, primarily because the pork floss was delicious and had a balanced taste.

For our drink, we had a the Thai Iced Tea (Php 78). This one was a tad too sweet. We wished it had more tea than condensed milk.

Price: Considering serving size, food quality, and taste, we find the food here reasonably priced. The bill comes with a 10% service charge.

Service: Needs improvement. Our waiters were not knowledgeable. They even got our orders wrong. But they were friendly and warm.

Wangfu is at the U.P. Town Center.   

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