Food, Makati, Restaurants

Lugang Cafe: A Contemporary Taiwanese Restaurant

Lugang-cafe

I can’t believe it’s been three weeks since I last posted! I had some personal matters to deal with so I didn’t have time to write a decent post. But I’m back now and today I’m here to share with you the lunch experience my family and I had at Lugang Cafe in Glorietta 2, located just beside Holiday Inn and Suites. It is a Chinese restaurant / cafe that serves Taiwanese and Cantonese dishes. Despite the word “cafe” in Lugang Cafe, I kind of think it’s more like a restaurant than a cafe. They have heavy dishes that’s good for a family of three or so. I really liked the interiors inside the restaurant, especially the mirrors and the chandeliers. The medium-sized plants along the center of the dining area also added a great effect for the ambiance.

We mostly ordered main dishes for sharing like pork, chicken, and seafood. I would like to try their dimsum next time because I heard they’re famous for it. Admittedly, some of the dishes I tried were nothing special, but there were also select dishes that I really enjoyed eating!

First off is their Fried Rice with Pineapple (P290). I don’t know why but I really love pineapple rice! And Lugang Cafe’s version of pineapple rice did not disappoint me.

fried rice with pineapple

The Three-Cup Chicken (P320) were not bad, but it was a bit oily and salty.

three-cup chicken

I love the taste of this Spicy Clams with Thai Sweet Basil (P290), especially the spicy sauce!

spicy clams with thai sweet basil

The Soft Tofu and Mushroom in Abalone Sauce (P520) is my favorite out of all the dishes we ordered. The tofu was so soft and the taste was simply amazing! The texture of the tofu was really good too! It’s a bit expensive but I’ll still order it again next time.

soft tofu and mushroom in abalone sauce

My next favorite after the Soft Tofu and Mushroom is the Stir Fried String Beans with Minced Pork (P280). My little brother loved it so much that he almost ate the whole dish!

stir fried string beans with minced pork

I usually like eating oyster cakes in Chinese restaurants, but this time I wasn’t exactly hyped up with their Oyster Omelette with Sweet and Spicy Sauce (P190).

oyster omelette with sweet and spicy sauce

I didn’t try their Soy Sauce Braised Pork Knuckles (P430), but my little brother said it tasted really good and the pork knuckles were easy to chew too.

soy sauce braised pork knuckles

Next up is their Kung-Pao Chicken with Cashews (P280). This is another one of their dishes that I liked, more so because of the cashew nuts!

kung-pao chicken with cashews

With their Beijing Shredded Pork with Pancakes (P280), they’ll be giving you six pieces of pancakes which you will use to fill up with shredded pork. The pancake is actually more like lumpia wrapper but a little thicker.

beijing shredded pork with pancake

Last and definitely the least is the Lugang Birthday Noodles (P400). Honestly, none of us liked it at all. There was just something lacking in the taste of the noodles. It was the only dish we were not able to finish eating.

lugang birthday noodles

While waiting for the bill, my sister and I were not able to resist the temptation to snap a selfie! Hihi. :)

michelle-and-gryselle

There were some dishes that I didn’t like but I would definitely return to Lugang Cafe! I’m thinking of trying their dimsum, like xiao long bao, and desserts. Another reason is because I want to eat their Soft Tofu and Mushroom in Abalone Sauce again! Oh, and for those whose very particular about service, it’s not very good, but not the worst I’ve experienced. It is also recommended to make a reservation ahead of time because it tends to get crowded during lunch time, especially on Sundays.

Lugang Cafe
G/F, Glorietta 2, The New Ayala Center,
Glorietta Complex, Makati City
Tel. No: 4033303 / 09064555879

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