Chinese cuisine has always been a part if the Filipino culture. Unlike other foreign dishes, we often encounter Chinese foods at home even on regular days. But naturally, these were already cooked the Filipino way. To really experience authentic Chinese cooking, one has to visit a restaurant. I happen to discover one at TriNoMa — Dragon Chef — Hearty and Hip Chinese Cuisine.Located at the 4th Level of TriNoMa in Quezon City, the restaurant is the newest baby of restauranteur Ricky Laudico and Chef Florabel. This is the same group behind SumoSam and RobotoSan and is quite a departure from their other restaurants. Aside from offering Chinese cuisine, the place is also small when compared to their other restaurants that I’ve visited. But that’s actually a good thing because then the service becomes more intimate and the place more quiet.
For starters I tried theiri dimsums — Han Gao Shrimp Dumpling, Quarry Bay Pork Siomai and Xiao Long Bao. Unlike the other dimsums that I tasted, this one has a distinct flavor one from the other. Prior to this, all the others tasted generic.
They also have salad. I had Nirvana Salad with Crispy Tofu, fruits and walnuts with sesame dressing. It was really refreshing. Seafood Bean Curd Soup followed. The starters alone are enough to fill me up. But that’s not the end if it all. More food came to the table.
It was a feast fit for an emperor as each food are really good — hearty indeed! Plus they introduced twists to it, making it a truly hip experience.
I enjoyed the salad, especially because it has strawberries on it. It was really unique for me. Then I love the tenderness of Yuen Long Pork Belly and the Pork Asado. In between bites, I drank Green Lychee which was really refreshing. The mall was capped with Snowballs for dessert; these are Mochi filled with surprises. My only concern with the restaurant is the food is on the expensive side when compared with the restaurants offering a similar fare. The restaurant is relatively new, so expect for more. I hope they’d adjust their pricing. Overall, dining at the Dragon Chef is a good experience primarily because of the good and nice ambience.