We got to try a few restaurants though so read on:
THAI BASIL CAFÉ: located at the food court of the Pacific Place Mall. Quite expensive by Manila standards. We liked the Tom Yum Soup. It was not too spicy and had generous servings of shrimps, scallops, and squid rings. We also enjoyed the Chicken in Pandan leaves, very tender and tasty although the three small pieces per order were hardly enough to really savor the dish. As for the other things we tried, the Pumpkin, Carrot, and Ginger Soup was thick but bland. The Lobster Tail Roll was not that great and was also not crispy. The Pad Thai was dry. We likewise couldn't tell the difference between the steamed jasmine rice and the coconut rice. This place is not for heavy eaters and budget-conscious diners. The servings are quite small.
ZEN: Likewise located at the Pacific Place Mall food court. We first ate here in 1995 and have since been thinking about the place. They serve very good dimsum from 11:30am to 3pm. Be prepared though to wait a bit since the place can get really packed. This is not the place to go to if a) you are watching your budget b)you want a quick meal c) you want a quiet meal d)you want to get all of your orders at about the same time. All of the dimsum items (e.g. steamed shrimp dumpling, pork buns, chicken and shimp) we've tried were good. We likewise particularly enjoyed the rice with scallops (lots of them) and yunnan ham (quite salty and tasty) which can be a meal in itself. We also liked the sweetened bean curd, home-made style (warm taho with a sweet/ginger-tasting syrup) for dessert.
CAFÉ DECO: This place was recommended by Fodor's travel guide. It was okay. The view, though, was not as great as we expected, neither was the food, outstanding. We tried the Café Deco Appetizer sampler (made up of spring roll, duck, chicken, and salmon), the spaghetti marinara (which was quite good), and the strawberry milkshake which was quite forgettable. The place was not bad but I would have been as happy if I missed it. Again, you can't believe everything you read so go find out for yourself.
And so there goes another Viloria family trip. I wonder where we'll end up next?
Onward To Shopping-Less Hong Kong
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Written June 27, 2001
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