Friday, October 10, 2014

Foodtrip - Chinatown's Best Foods Restaurant

A couple of months ago, we were invited by our friends from school to join them for lunch at Chinatown’s Best Foods Restaurant, located on the corner of Banawe and Calamba streets here in Quezon City.  This wasn’t the first time that we’ve been to this restaurant.  Actually we had our wedding reception here over 12 years ago.  It was recommended by a friend that we met in Seattle but was based here in the Philippines.

We also ate there after we had kids when Jojo’s cousin Edna invited us.  We were surprised that after 5 or 6 years (I can’t remember the exact dates), one of the waitresses who served us during our wedding was still working there and recognized us.  She was promoted I believe as head waitress and gave us a discount for the kids.

Back to our review of the restaurant… things have changed since that first taste 12 years ago.  The restaurant got a total makeover after being flooded by typhoon Ondoy in 2009. The first floor dining area which serves diners ordering from the menu (as aside from buffet style meals served on the above floors) got a new, modern look with bright splashes of green.  We did eat one time in that area after their re-opening and was disappointed by the service – long, long wait for the food and forgotten orders made that Father’s day a not-so-memorable one.

We were invited on several occasions by my cousin’s relatives whose children celebrated their baptisms and birthdays at Chinatown’s.  That time eating from set-menu, per-table style.  Dishes were very good for the most part, typical (naalala kita Dra Janny) Chinese dishes – fried rice, beef, chicken, fish, vegetable dishes - some standouts, some forgettables.  The children always love the fried rice and chicken.  Benjo always wants to try everything (hindi ka malulugi sa batang ‘to).

On this last occasion, our friend and her husband invited us to dine at the restaurant’s buffet.  Keeping in mind our health (my husband and I tested with high cholesterol this past year), we chose our foods wisely.  Not getting too much in case we couldn’t finish it (remember  that one of the policy’s of buffet restaurants is “no leftover”), and getting those that we rarely get to eat.  Chinatown’s has a wide variety with different sections, such as the roasted dishes consisting of roast pork and chicken, Japanese section with sushi, sashimi, tempura,etc, salad section, dessert section with your choice of vanilla or white icecream, your make-your-own halo-halo, and some kakanins and taho, and other main dishes.  The crabs, lapu-lapu and the shrimp tempura were some of the dishes that were quickly emptied but unfortunately not readily replenished.  The drinks were also included in the buffet, with choices of softdrinks and tea, iced or hot.  During buffets I prefer to just drink water as the drinks can make you too full at once.

I enjoyed their Japanese section, sushis and tempura specifically, and their salad section especially their salad with crab strips. And of course their dessert section, for my sweet tooth – making a halo-halo with just beans and banana.  I didn’t get to take a lot of pictures, but these are some of the more “successful” pictures that I did take.

Overall I would say “pop” for Chinatown’s, but from my first taste when we had a pre-taste before our wedding to now, I would say that there hasn’t been any improvements and would say that the quality of their food has even gone down over the years.  Maybe the commercial aspect of the business has gotten the better of just serving authentic Chinese meals.  There are many more buffet restaurants competing for customers and others though not buffet style serving tastier more affordable food.


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