Where to eat in Santo Domingo, Quezon City? There are a lot of restaurants in QC but not in this specific area. The only Chinese restaurant that’s big enough to cover your craving for noodles, dimsum and lauriat must be Luck Garden Seafood Restaurant, which looks like a great lunch and dinner spot, especially for foodies and Chinese food fans. My uncle took us here on a Sunday before visiting their new condo unit nearby.

Review of Luck Garden Seafood Restaurant (Santo Domingo, Quezon City)

Ambiance: ★★★☆☆

The space Luck Garden Seafood Restaurant occupies is brightly lit, economically packed with group-sized tables and seats. The ambiance generally feels like a typical Chinese restaurant that is sparse in decor but relatively clean. In short, it’s not exactly the kind of place you want to linger around, even if they do offer a big screen LCD TV. Yet “legit” may be the best word to describe it, if you’re looking for a restaurant with the standard Chinese flair in QC.

Service: ★★★★☆

Staffs were fast and attentive, not overly friendly, but not necessarily rude. Expect to receive the no-smile, get-in/get-our service. Our orders came almost simultaneously and we were not left unnoticed. Certain requests needed to be flagged down but it was fine.

Food: ★★★★☆

We deserved something hot for starters: a medium-sized bowl of Nido with Quail Egg Soup (PHp 420) made the cut. Known to promote youthfulness and long life, this soup is typically eaten during Chinese New Year. With crab meat and corn, the bird’s nest soup was not at all disgusting. Judging by the price, I think it’s not the real bird’s nest that was used as ingredient here. Nonetheless, the slightly sweet taste and the gelatinous texture were okay.

I liked that the vegetables in Lohan Vegetables (PHp 198) were crisp and colorful. This is a great dish to order this Lenten season as well as when you feel the need to detox. 😛 Luck Garden Seafood Restaurant’s version is a showstopper, packed with earthy mushrooms, bamboo shoots and hearty peas and carrots. The layers of flavor are well-developed, starting from the sticky and yummy sauce that’s good to be paired with rice.

The Sweet and Sour Pork (PHp 210) is a simple dish with a lot of tangy flavor thanks to the pineapples and caramelized onions. Entrees with this kind of zesty sauce are good to be eaten as leftover the next day when the fish has sopped the juices more intensively; that is, if you have any.

The Beef Tenderloin Chinese Style (PHp 250) was lean and supple. It’s not too chewy, so it’s not hard to swallow but a mouthful to get through. The moisture and juiciness of the meat as well as the well-spiced sauce definitely played the wow factor. This beef dish bucks the crowd-pleasing trend of sweet and sticky in favor of distinct and creative flavors.

Next, we had the Seafood Misua (PHp 208) composed of finely textured salted Chinese noodles made of wheat flour stirred with an ample portion of mixed seafood. Some people say that you can tell a lot about the quality of food a Chinese restaurant serves just by judging their fried rice and noodles as these two are most basic. If I were to judge Luck Garden based on this, then I give them a thumbs up.

The Fish Fillet with Beancurd Hotpot (PHp 260) was simple enough but the quality of both the fish fillet and beancurd was top-notch. With all other dishes served at the same time, we took our time and let the fish fillet slowly soak more in the broth. The fish became more tender and luscious while the beancurd joining the party only made the entire dish more acceptable to my palate. (Beancurd is one of my favorite food!) 🙂

The skin and batter of the Buttered Chicken (PHp 210) was crunchy with a light exterior. The crust did not overwhelm everything else. The white meat was tender and had the discernible chicken flavor despite that the chicken pieces were overdressed in butter which dominated its delicacy. Ah, sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference.

Price for Value: ★★★★☆

We’ve eaten our fair share and thought that Luck Garden Seafood Restaurant is a Chinese eater’s paradise, with a good array of affordable dishes to choose from. If you know which food to order, it’s possible to taste your way across most of Chinese cuisine.

Luck Garden Seafood Restaurant
3 Kanlaon St Sta. Teresita, Santo Domingo, Quezon City
For inquiries, contact (02) 415-5825, (02) 416-5825
Date Published: 04/15/2014
15 / 20 stars

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62 Responses

  1. Andreea Leau

    Lohan vegetables looks so delicous. Looks very similar with a chinesse food 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Whenever we go eat at any Chinese restaurant, this is the one we order for our dad so we have already tasted several variants of the same lohan vegetables dish. Yup, it’s cooked Chinese style.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah you can say that. With so many people, it makes sense that there are numerous regional cuisines in China that differ dramatically from each other. Some may prefer the spicy addictive kick, while others go for the funkier offerings. Luckily, Luck Garden Seafood Restaurant manages to cover a lot of ground.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Great! Luck Garden Seafood Restaurant is a pleasant place to have a meal. Prices are slightly more expensive than other typical Chinese restaurants in Ongpin but a little more peaceful and with higher culinary standards.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Consider bringing your family and friends here. Just go with a bigger group so you can try a little bit of everything on the menu. Hehe there’s plenty of fried and sauteed entrees. You’ll find yourself in a mode of eating that’s easy to love.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Nice. 🙂 On the menu, I’m sure you will have a rather long time reviewing sweet and fiery dishes, mouth-numbing ones with warm spices of all kinds and figuring out which to order. So plenty!

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  2. jane

    nice restaurant review i love that soup now im craving for one! the place looks very nice and clean

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  3. Sam

    I love Chinese food! I’m surprised that it’s really inexpensive. Have to look for this in QC 🙂

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  4. Fred

    I pass through Sto. Domingo St. everyday but I have not noticed this restaurant. Where is it along Sto. Domingo? Near the church? Near Retiro?

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  5. Jien

    We’ve just passed by this Luck Garden recently but we chose to eat at Kowloon house. Anyway, even the foods are expensive, these looks yummy and I wanna try these.

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  6. Mindy

    It’s interesting to see that most no-nonsense Chinese restaurants looks so similar, no matter where they are located. It’d be hard to guess which country one Chinese restaurant’s is located *LOL*. I’m not a fan of Chinese food in general, but i love some sweet & sour pork and this one looks yum!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Oh yes, most Chinese restaurants look similar and there are only a few that stand out. Luck Garden Seafood Restaurant is one of those ordinary-looking ones but serve great food. 🙂

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  7. Rebecca M

    The food looks so nice & I love how it is presented. I love having chinese, it so nice and I love eating cultural food 🙂

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  8. Kareen Liez

    The buttered chicken looks yummy. And I like the design of their ceiling. Nice review. Good job! Hugs from Pink Heart String!

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  9. Marc

    Great review. Might visit based on what you said about the Sweet and Sour pork haha. For me, its either a hit or a miss.

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  10. Vanessa

    Luck Garden Seafood Restaurant looks like a great lunch and dinner spot, indeed. I do love Chinese food so I guess I could indulge in these great meals for hours!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It is one of my all-time favorite vegetarian dishes. It’s dead-simple, comes together in a matter of minutes, and I can bet that you have the ingredients sitting in your pantry right this minute.

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  11. Earl Pablo

    Thanks for this detailed review Roch! I love the soup and two things I look for a restaurant are customer service and food taste. If these two are not well rated, and in your case you had given a generous stars, then I might be looking for that restaurant in I got a time. 🙂

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  12. Badet

    And I thought all the Chinese restaurants are along Banawe St. There are good ones rin pala along Sto. Domingo.

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  13. Janine

    The misua I knew is different from the misua I saw here in your post.. I want to taste the one posted here!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Misua can be cooked in different ways and even if there are same recipes, the texture of the noodles become the dealbreaker/maker depending on how it’s boiled in water and the duration.

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  14. achaykiller

    mejo misleading– sto. domingo is also a major avenue a kilometer away. so best to say it’s in kanlaon street, within welcome rotonda range 🙂

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  15. achaykiller

    mejo misleading– sto. domingo is also a major avenue a kilometer away. so best to say it’s in kanlaon street, within welcome rotonda range 🙂

    Reply

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