Lugang Cafe, a Chinese/Taiwanese restaurant in Greenhills, was highly recommended by my dad’s officemates, who have all dined here at some point. It is located on the same street as Konbini Store. In fact, the two restos are found almost right beside each other. Our trip here was originally scheduled on my mom’s birthday but mom herself couldn’t wait to dine at this place.
According to their website, the prestigious Philippine Tatler restaurant guide awarded Lugang Cafe as one of their best restaurants. It’s also a part of the Bellagio Group of Restaurants, a management group based in Shanghai. This branch is their first branch located outside China.
I couldn’t see the interior of the resto from outside because of the heavy wooden door, plus the windows were covered by roller blinds. So when I stepped inside, I was floored! Everything looked really chic and classy.
Two menus: One for the drinks, and one for food.
Their food menu includes… *takes a deep breath* the recommendations (Spring onion pancakes, Taiwanese fried porkchop, pan-fried beef roll), dimsum (Steamed vegetarian dumplings with truffle oil, Pan-fried siopao, Steamed shrimp & pork shao mai), appetizers (Abalone mushroom & jelly fish, Garlic pork roll, Tofu with preserved egg, Stewed pig feet slices), roasting (Crispy chicken, Roast duck, Suckling pig, Pigeon), house specials (Taiwan stewed pork, Steamed sliced grouper, Salt & pepper squid, Kung pao prawns, Stir-fried beef with chilli peppers) pork (Dong-po pork, Sweet & sour pork, Smoked cumin spare rib) beef (Black pepper premium beef ribs, Sate beef with spinach), seafood (Oyster omelette with sweet spicy sauce, Shrimp balls breaded with toast, Crystal steamed lapu-lapu, Spicy clams, Honey garlic squid), poultry (Hainan boneless chicken, Three-cup chicken) tofu & vegetables (Spicy mapo tofu with ground pork, kung pao tofu, stir-fried seasoned vegetables), rice (Golden fried rice with shredded pork), soup (Wonton soup, Fish casserole, Crab rice congee), and noodles (Spicy beef and tendon noodle soup, Birthday noodles, Szechuan dan-dan noodles with peanut sauce).
Their drinks and desserts are diverse too–Specialty drinks, fresh-squeezed juice, hot tea, cold tea, coffee & chocolate, sweet soups, smoothys, iced snacks, shaved ice, ice cream, Cantonese desserts, and milk custard. I’m especially curious with the taste of their Coke/Sprite with kumquats drink. ^^;
Steamed pork Xiao Long Bao with dipping sauce. I love that the firm skin of the Xiao Long Bao didn’t break easily after taking it out from the bamboo steamer.
Spring onion pancakes. I was surprised at how thick these pancakes were. It came with a small bowl of sweet chilli sauce for dipping. The pancakes were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, with just the right amount of spring onion filling.
Taiwanese pork chop. It was a lot bigger than the ones served at Chatime! The slices were really long and thin. It was delicious and perfectly well-seasoned.
We also ordered the Pineapple fried rice, served in a pineapple, of course. It looked similar to yang chow fried rice, except it had bits of pineapple mixed in. The taste wasn’t too bad, but we’ll probably eat another type of fried rice next time.
Oyster with black bean sauce on iron skillet.
Tapioca bubble milk tea for my drink.
We had an excellent time at Lugang Cafe, and we can’t wait for our next visit. And after trying out their delicious cuisine, I can say that it absolutely DOES deserve that honorable best restaurant award. ^^
Lugang Cafe is located at 115 Connecticut St., Northeast Greenhills, San Juan. Tel nos: 542-0196 / 09176992254.