I hope you’re not on a diet, because you’ll want to check out David’s Tea House right after you see the end of this post. 😛 Why? Well…food porn!
Following our “thanksgiving lunch” at David’s Tea House MOA Branch last March, we had a chance to try several dishes at this Chinese restaurant yesterday. At lunch time, I brought with me some members of my team and together we were satied once again by great food courses served courtesy of the house. A parade of interesting flavors ensues.
Review of David’s Tea House (SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City) – Our Return!
Warming our stomachs first was an order of Polonchay (Spinach) with Seafood Soup (PhP 304), which was like fiesta in a bowl. Thinking aloud, I liked to pair it with crusty whole-grain bread and some sliced tomatoes on the side. Oh, but doing that may just transform this Chinese meal to something else? Anyway, the tastes of both the seafood (shrimps) and pureed spinach were obviously great.
David’s Tea House’s Hot Prawn Salad (PhP 463) is difficult to ignore. As mentioned in my most recent review, it’s my favorite—nothing short of a nest of mayo-based juicy and crunchy hot prawns with fruits salad. The prawns helped make the salad a substantial course, and the fresh lettuce at the bottom cut the heaviness of the dressing. The leaves and the fruits could mercifully trick you to believe that you’re enjoying a light, refreshing dish. When food is this good, I wouldn’t mind taking the calories.
Packed with vibrant toppings consisting of assorted meat, seafood and eggs, David’s Tea House Sauted Misua Guisado (PhP 185) was cooked just right. It rewards diners with chewy and slippery texture as the noodles had been softened and flavored well with the broth. I’m not a fan of noodles, so I don’t want to lie and say I like it. But my mom and everyone else who’s into eating noodles would surely love this.
The Shanghai Spring Rolls (PhP 243) were made faultlessly with compact, stuffed ground meat. With crisp wrappers, they appeared almost grease-less—and that’s an indication that these spring rolls are a hit in a lineup of standouts. I mean it’s not often when you see a spring roll that’s more crisp than greasy and actually delicious. So rightfully, celebrate, put on a party hat and enjoy the food. Or that may be an exaggeration of happiness. 😛
Look at that beautiful slabs of meat! The Fried Crispy Pata (PhP 485) encompasses a world’s worth of ingredients in a very distinctive manner. Topped with very colorful garnish, the fried crispy pata arrived at the table with an intense aroma that only picked up as we started to eat. It was really crispy to the bone and did not at all lack in flavor.
Another approachable and no less interesting dish we conquered was the Beef Brocolli Flower (PhP 282). This dish is a good grade of meat cooked separately before being blended with the greens. I remember we ordered Beef with Ampalaya last time. The tenderness of the beef was indeed wonderful as it’s consistent throughout. Thank goodness, it didn’t feel like punishing me for chewing the small slices of meat. The sauce was thick and fairly flavored, good to be eaten with steaming plain white rice.
Similarly, David’s Braised Pata Tim (PhP 463) was protein-focused. I punched a small portion of it and thought it’s good. Soft and savory. Popular as a specialty dish, this braised pork leg recipe may not be a groundbreaking or new idea in contemporary Chinese kitchens, but it’s worth noting that David’s Tea House’s version of it gets appreciated by diners almost all the time.
At last, the Almond with Lychee (PhP 90) felt clean to the palate. It’s a fascinating combination that always puts a smile on my face. 🙂 Sweet, but not too sweet. Nice and certainly addicting.
Since this was a return visit, my ratings for the ambiance, service and price for value remain the same. For the food, ah… I think the quality is still consistent. I give David’s Tea House another 4/5 stars for overall review rating. One thing is for sure: David’s Tea House, which now has 20 branches all over the Philippines, won’t make you look to stray from the beaten path. This is a recommended place to head for any meal.
David’s Tea House in MOA has an ongoing promotion right now called “Dimsum Afternoon Weekday Promo.” From Monday to Friday, at 2:30PM to 5:30PM, diners get to enjoy each dimsum variety for PhP 58 only. Choose from: Shrimp Siomai, Tausi Chicken Feet, Tausi Spareribs, Beef Ball, Fish Tofu, Glutinous Rice with Chicken (Machang), Steamed Chicken Wings with Mushroom, Bean Curd Roll, Shark’s Fin Dumpling, Kuchay Dumpling, Vegetable Meat Pao, Pork Asado Pao, Linyong Pao, Taro Puff, Raddish Cake, Fried Spring Rolls, Fried Cuapao, Steamed Cuapao, Sesame Buchi, Pork Asado Pao, and Bichu-bichu (all originally priced at PhP 95 each).