Saturday, September 21, 2019

Labrador: Food Notes: The Great Buddha Cafe Manila

My Notebook

ARE you a fan of Chinese delicacies such as hopia and tikoy? Then the brand Eng Bee Tin is not something new for you because they are one of the most popular go-to brands when it comes to buying such.

While strolling down the streets of Binondo in Manila a.k.a. Chinatown we did not miss checking out their newest branch and of course, trying out their new restaurant - The Great Buddha Café (TGBC).

The Food

TGBC which opened back in August serves selection Filipino-Chinese favorites such as siomai, xiao long bao, chicken claypot rice, buchi, among others. They mostly specialize in Hong Kong cuisine specially prepared by their Cantonese chef.

We went to the café for lunch so I and my friend ordered the Soy Chicken with Rice (P210), Claypot Rice with Chicken Feet (P220) and Peanut Balls (P128) for dessert.

The Vibe

Situated at the second floor of the flagship store, we actually did not know about the café beforehand which surprised us too. The interiors are beautiful which makes it kinda intimidating to dine because it’s so classy. What completes the café is its 1.2-ton golden Buddha where diners can snap a photo as well.

According to their staff, the owners will also be opening a museum on the third floor within the year which is a plus other than the dining and pasalubong buying in their store.

The Verdict

The food is amazing! Everything that we ordered tasted delicious and portions were also generous enough.

Another plus is that there servers are very polite and accommodating. As what I’ve said, it’s kinda intimidating to dine in the café as it looks very fancy but their servers really showed fair treatment to their customers (I’ve had my fair share of bad experiences in the past).

Overall, I would definitely go back here and take my fambam with me!

TGBC is located at 628 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila.


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