P.F. Chang’s

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro opened early this year, if I am not mistaken, at the spanking new wing of the Alabang Town Center. This new row, as well as another refurbished side of the ATC, boasts of a number of restaurants that I have been dying to try. They’re a mixture of new or long-established gustatory centers.

P.F. Chang’s is an international restaurant with hundreds of branches in the United States, the Alabang branch being the first in the Philippines. It is cozy and comfortable enough to be casual dining but the prices are a little steep compared to other modern Chinese restaurants (I picked up the tab since Mama called this a belated celebration of the hubby’s birthday when he was in Rome, and I was a little sorry I didn’t choose a less expensive joint. lol). The place was huge, with high ceilings, and nice, brightly lit lamps. There were also tall terracotta statues of Chinese warriors at the front door and the inside leading to the dining area, true to the common interior design of the restaurant all over the world.

But I would definitely give their service two thumbs up! Servers are very sharp and food ordered came really fast. It helped that, although it was lunch time, it was a slow Saturday and there were not much diners. We were meeting Mico, who was coming from a work-related errand nearby, and we had to eat a little slower for him to be able to catch up.

So here are what we had:

Egg drop soup. Nothing really special. A bit bland.

Lo Mien. This rocks! As I said we were waiting for Mico, and we gobbled this really fast so we ordered another one. It was very tasty, it probably had a lot of MSG but I couldn’t care less hehehe. In local parlance, it had a lot of sahog.

P.F. Chang’s rice. Just about right. While some fried rice would overpower the main entrees, this one did not. It was a perfect match for all those savory dishes.

Crispy Chicken. I ordered this since Mischa is a chicken aficionado. I didn’t like it myself. Please remind me not to order orange chicken. It was cloyingly sweet, and leaves a weird aftertaste ugh!

Mongolian Beef. This was the best among what we ordered. It was tender and juicy.

Shanghai Shrimp. Shrimp is safe. I will go back to it again and again. This one did not disappoint.

I forgot to take a picture of the tamarind iced tea, which was very refreshing to say the least. This is literally, humahagod sa lalamunan. I downed two large glasses of this. It washed everything down with a wonderful kick.

Too bad there wasn’t room for dessert. We took away several Chinese take-out boxes. Their servings were big that way.

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