East Cafe

Okay, sooooo… Prior to this review, I had no idea that this restaurant even existed. I ended up in Shang with my family today, and I was pretty much stumped since I have reviewed almost all of the Shang restaurants included in my handy-dandy list. And at the same time, I won’t be able to leave the house the next day because of work-related things, so I couldn’t postpone the review to tomorrow.

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… Luckily, East Cuisine was there to the rescue! This is an Asian resto owned by chef Him Uy De Baron – Yep, the same guy behind Nomama, I am Kim, and Makansutra. The reason why this place is so new to me is because it’s located inside Rustan’s department store – The only time we ever get to step inside that place is when we’re doing our Christmas shopping. Other than that, I just like looking at the pretty displays by the entrance of the store. The shops/shoppers intimidate me too much. >_<

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Interior.

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Menu: Starters, Mains, East Style Maki, Noodles, Salads, Sashimi, Sandwiches, Sushi, Donburi, Dessert, Sides.

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Tonkatsu Sandwich – Deep fried pork loin with special sauce on wheat bread. The katsu itself was a bit tough, but I still finished the whole thing. Comes with a side of sweet potato fries.

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Pork Gyoza – Ground pork in sesame oil with cabbage wrapped in pot sticker. Not bad!

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Shrimp and Pork Wanton noodle soup – Fresh egg noodles with shrimp and pork. According to mom, the broth was a tad too salty for her liking.

Since they’re still relatively new, I’ll be giving them another chance – I’m pretty sure they can improve the quality of their food. And they should, considering their location. But for now, everything just tastes ‘meh’ to me.

Ambiance/Interior: 3.5/5
Staff/Service: 4.5/5
Food: 3/5 (taste), 3/5 (presentation)

East Cafe is located at Rustan’s, Level 2, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. Tel no: 6334636.

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