As usual, on the way home from Tagaytay, we stopped by Solenad in Sta. Rosa to have our lunch. We ended up at this place called the M Grill and Banh Café – Basically two restos merged into one spot. They serve two of the more underrated types of Asian cuisine (IMO) – Vietnamese, and Mongolian. I haven’t tasted Mongolian food yet, so I was really excited (and makes me wish I had tried the Mongolian beef bowl that they served back in my college).
Menu: Mongolian Grill, Teppanyaki, Appetizers & Pasta, Teriyaki, Szechuan, Vietnamese (hot coffee, cold coffee).
Kung Pao Chicken pasta. I find it interesting that they would serve pasta here, instead of actual noodle dishes. I have been craving for dry noodles for quite some time now – But despite the good flavor of the sauce and the tenderness of the chicken, this wasn’t enough to satisfy my noodle cravings. Also, we asked our waitress to tone down the spiciness of this dish, but I don’t think she listened to our request.
Cha Gio, aka Viet spring rolls. Crunchy on the outside, nice and flavorful on the inside. Pretty harmless, unless you dip it in the bright orange chili sauce. This was our only order from Banh Cafe’s menu.
Szechuan Mushroom a very tasty appetizer, comprising of tofu pieces and sweetened mushrooms. Ironically, despite having ‘Szechuan’ in its name, this dish was actually the least spicy one of the bunch.
My dad had the One-Way Bowl – Just your typical Mongolian bowl with beef and a crapton of veggies. I would’ve enjoyed this dish very much – I just couldn’t handle how mind-numbingly spicy it was. It felt like my lips were going to fall off any minute.
Not bad for my first Mongolian food experience! Although I had a hard time dealing with how spicy everything was. I couldn’t really tell if my tolerance for spicy food is getting low, or if the food there is just simply too hot to handle. I wasn’t too okay either with the fact that our waitress ignored our request for the kung pao pasta. But it was a nice meal, overall.
Food: 4.5/5 (taste), 4/5 (presentation)
The M Grill (and Banh Cafe) is located at Cinema Building, Solenad 3, Nuvali, Don Jose, Sta. Rosa. Links: Facebook.