(Warning – Picture-heavy post.)
So I was lucky enough to be able to attend the grand opening of Tuantuan, a Chinese restaurant in SM Megamall. The visit also coincided with this blog’s second anniversary, and I thought that was pretty awesome. Tuantuan is owned by the same people behind Lugang Café, which explains why it also has the same elegant, chic ambiance that Lugang Café is famous for.
I felt sort of awkward at first when I saw the other diners in the restaurant, since most of them consisted of spiffy-looking individuals – I even considered dining at another restaurant instead. But since my mom was being a little bit extra persuasive about wanting to have lunch here (she was worried that this resto might garner long lines the next time we come back), I had to give in to her whims and clamor.
Look at these gorgeous flower wreaths! The place was currently being blessed when we arrived. We even got to see the ribbon cutting!
Interior. As expected, the atmosphere inside the resto is sizzling with energy.
Menu: Tuantuan noodle soup, Specialty noodle soup combos, Tuantuan curry, Ala carte, Tuantuan congee & porridge, Macanese dishes, Drinks, and Desserts.
I had to take so many menu shots – The design of their menu is hands down one of the best ones I’ve seen.
Crispy Barbecued Pork Snow Buns.
Now where have I seen this before? Soft and crumbly on the outside, flavorful and tender on the inside.
Parsley & Century Egg Fish Soup. The soup itself was very rich, with a velvety texture. We chose fish tofu and squid balls for our toppings, fresh ramen for our noodles, and Hong Kong-style coffee for our drinks. The ramen noodles were indeed fresh! You can also pick two side dishes to go with your soup. You can make over 100 different combinations with your choice of noodles, toppings, and side dishes!!!
Tuantuan’s noodle dish, created by Hong Kong chef Gordon Liu, has won several accolades from the Annual Chinese Restaurant Awards, and the HSBC Diner’s Choice Award, to name a few. The noodle broth (known as the Deer Garden broth), has a base made from fresh halibut and Pacific cod. It is simmered for several hours to produce a clean taste.
Honey Garlic Spare Ribs. I love that the honey just had the right amount of sweetness, and wasn’t too overpowering. The ribs could use a little bit more meat though, but other than that, this dish was just perfect (especially when paired up with a cup of steamed white rice).
Fried Black and White Milk Bread. Soft, cotton-like pieces of bread that you can dip in a bowl of condensed milk.
Cold Horlicks Milk. This is only the second time that I have tried Horlicks, and I must say that I really like the taste so far. Apparently Horlicks candy used to be really popular here in the PH back in the day.
… Well. Not too bad for their first day! Some of the waiters made a couple of mistakes when it came to our orders, but that was totally understandable. Like I said earlier, I’m so glad that this blog’s anniversary was celebrated in a very festive/splendid way. I feel really accomplished this year since I got to visit soooo many restaurants, especially compared to 2013 and 2012. I’m looking forward to doing even more!!!
Tuantuan Chinese Brasserie is located at 3/F SM Megamall, Mega Fashion Hall, Julia Vargas Ave Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. Tel no: (02) 570-9011.