When Café Lugang’s Greenhills branch closed down last February, I was saddened, to say the least – Even though I’ve already done a review on it a couple of years back, and I could still dine at one of their many branches scattered across the metro. When I first stepped inside, I was really marveled by how spectacular the place was, and the deliciousness of their cuisine. For me, it was honestly one of the most memorable dining experiences I’ve had in this blog. It’s a shame that all good things must come to an end.
Then, Xiu came into the picture – Based on the reviews that I’ve seen, this place was just as spectacular as Lugang was, so I pretty much had high expectations for it. Xiu specializes in Cantonese cooking, and has often been called a little piece of Hong Kong in Connecticut (Connecticut street, that is).
Classy interior. Not gonna lie, I was slightly intimidated at first, because everyone looked so finely dressed. And check out that stonefish in the fish tank!
Menu: Appetizers, Traditional roasted specialties, Soup, Traditional rare delicacies (shark’s fin, abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw), Chef’s specials, Live seafood, Seafood selection, Beef and lamb, Pork, Poultry, Healthy dishes (seasonal vegetables), Rice, Noodles, Dessert, Drinks.
Sweet and Sour Pork. The pieces of pork were just the right size, and had a good balance of fat and meat.
Premium Soy Sauce HK Chicken in Clay Pot. Chicken meat was very tender, but I still had a bit of difficulty removing the tiny bones. Also, I love that the soy sauce wasn’t too overwhelmingly salty – It even had a slightly sweet aftertaste to it.
Yangzhou Fried Rice.
I had such high expectations for this restaurant, but unfortunately, they all fell flat. I mean… The food is decent enough, yes. I just find it so ridiculously overpriced? Maybe we just ordered the wrong dishes yet again. In my opinion, the food at Café Lugang was so much better (the food there is pricey as well, but at least it’s worth it), and I probably won’t be coming back to this restaurant for a long while. Sorry!
Food: 3.5/5 (taste), 3/5 (presentation)
Xiu Fine Cantonese Dining is located at 115 Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan City. Tel no: 02 6507189. Links: Facebook