Soft opening of the famous chain, Lugang Cafe – more popularly known as Bellagio in China.
A large well-lit dining room with high ceilings welcomes you.
On one side are the round tables for big groups. This is my favorite wall. The brick's arrangement creates this gorgeous illusion and texture that adds character to a plain white painted wall.
On the other side you'll find the long bench which provides a more casual feel.
In my opinion, this is the presidential table. I feel like the most important customer when seated here.
We start ordering and I see my first food shots in print!! 🙂
As soon as we finish ordering, we head to the show kitchen to watch our dumplings be made.
Boy is it hard to keep up with those fast Chinese fingers.
The cute servers all sport the same bangs and pearl earrings. Aside from the aesthetic appeal, I believe it's a good form of camaraderie among a team of servers.
Xiao long bao, the infamous soup dumplings.
After I take a bite to sip some of the broth, I take a shot to show how thin the skin of the dumpling is. It won't tear due to the dough's elasticity so none of the soup goes to waste!
Pork bun! A braised slice of pork with hoisin, some chili, crushed peanuts, a hint of tamarind and some coriander in between a warm pao. I really loved the combination of all the bright flavors!!
Three cup chicken was hella fragrant because of the fresh basil and the three sauces. Nice caramelized sauce enveloping the bits of chicken.
Pigeon, very classic.
The kung pao shrimp is another favorite of mine. A battle of sweet and spicy along with a strong whiff of the awakened aromas of dried Sichuan peppers.
The Hainan chicken disappeared before I could even pick up my camera! Very neutral chicken that gladly welcomes the spring onion and ginger topping.
Super tender pepper beef served on a modern sizzling plate.
This drink has gummy aloe, honey and lemon. A perfect cleanse after the intense flavors.
The operations manager, Katrina Chua, swings by to check how everything is. Obviously, also the peg behind the fringe concept.
We were bumped up to the second floor booths due to the unexpected crowd waiting to be seated.
Notice the hand painted dragon. It's found in each outlet!
This is one of the 2 tables in the private function room. Exquisite long planks of wood.
For dessert we have coconut and mango shaved ice. This is plainly genius, the fruit flavors don't get compromised.
This is where the magic happens. I'd love to have one in my house. Oooh the things I could make!!
The minimally angled blade ensures the wafer thin shavings.
Translucent slithers of ice bursting with fruit flavor.
Beautiful 18/10 by Sola from the Netherlands.
Elegant flatware with a good mirror finish are like gems in a dining room.
Another good combination is peanut and black sesame. They use Skippy peanut butter as flavor for the peanut, memories of childhood when I used to enjoy sweets. Notice how the sheets are layered and how they don't melt.
View from the second floor with the calming water wall on the right.
Love the makes of the massive door!
A round of applause to the Chinese chefs and servers who trained our locals!
Two thumbs up! This is a place done in good taste.
Imagine if this were in Makati??
155 Connecticut St. Greenhills
San Juan, Metro Manila
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