Despite the stormy weather, the three of us still trooped over to Eastwood to eat at Komrad: Mao’s Hunan and Sichuan Kitchen. I really enjoyed the ambiance and the food the last time we came here, so I couldn’t wait to savor their cuisine again.
A giant portrait of Chairman Mao welcomes guests upon entry. The restaurant’s snazzy interior is decorated with pictures of Mao, Mao’s (in)famous wife (who worked as an actress before marrying him), and propaganda pictures from The Cultural Revolution.
(BTW, this isn’t the first time we dined at a restaurant that is named after the renowned Chinese historical figure—A looooooong time ago, we dined at a restaurant in Greenhills called ‘Lolo Mao’. And now I’m wondering if this restaurant is still around today…)
Menu: Dimsum, Soup, Old town small plates, Sichuan spicy bowls & pots, Mao’s pork & friends, Fish and seafood diplomacy, Crabs rock lobser & prawns, Poultburo, Tofu & vegetables, Rice & noodles, Dessert & Drinks.
Komrad Steamed Siomai!!!
General Tso’s Chicken. Light with a small amount of crispiness. The sweet sauce gives it a bit of tang. The Shrimp and Egg White Rice that accompanied it, however, needed more salt.
Taiwanese Pork Chop. Just like the chicken, this was also light, crispy, and perfectly seasoned. The dipping sauce compliments the chop’s salty fried skin.
Tan Tan Noodle Soup. I actually let out a sigh of relief when our waiter served it to us—I thought it was going to come in a huge bowl. I let out another sigh of relief right after tasting the soup—It wasn’t spicy at all, and had more of a nutty taste to it. They also used flat and thin rice noodles—Not the usual choice for Tan Tan Mien, but it was still good.
And lastly, Beef in Spicy Pot.
Since Sichuan cuisine consists of spicy, tongue-numbing dishes, Komrad is the perfect place to go if you love spicy food, or just good Chinese food in general.
Komrad: Mao’s Hunan and Sichuan Kitchen is located at 2/F Eastwood Mall Veranda, Eastwood City Cyberpark, Bagumbayan, Quezon City. Tel nos: (02) 921-3440.