Date # 94: Tao Yuan
94 Tao Yuan
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In my previous entry, I said that our B&T date will be the last time Douglas and I will see each other before we both fly overseas. But fortunately, he was able to pull some strings and allow us to see each other one last time before we leave. Knowing that, we took the chance to try Metrobank’s promo for Tao Yuan which slashes 50% off on your bill if you use a Metrobank Platinum or Gold card.
I’ve been dying to go to Tao Yuan for so long. However, their Resorts World and Malate Branches are too far from where I live. Thankfully, they opened a new branch in Greenbelt 3, an area which is more accessible to us. With that, I was finally able to taste their famous Chinese and Singaporean specialties.
The first thing that landed on our table was the Hainanese Chicken (P280/quarter). One taste and I knew what all the fuss was about—it truly is the best Hainanese Chicken in town. The chicken meat was moist and fatty, though the chicken was notably served chilled. The skin was thick and jelly-like, and it absorbed the savory sweet taste of the broth well. There was really no need for the sauces, though you may still use them if you wish.
We ordered the Shrimp Spring Rolls (P168) by mistake, but it wasn’t a bad decision since the serving was generous and there was an ample amount of shrimp in every roll.
I’ve always been curious about Laksa (P328). There’s something about that deep orange color that always intrigued me. Tao Yuan’s version is rich with the taste of curry spices and coconut milk. It’s also loaded with various things, like squid balls, tofu, shrimps and firm rice noodles. The broth is well-seasoned and not too overpowering. You can also adjust the heat according to your preference.
Lastly, we had Beef Hofan (P268). This flat and wide rice noodle variety is always a good choice if you want something good and inexpensive to fill you up. The beef is tender and flavorful, and everything’s made good by the sweet sesame oil.
Overall Verdict: There’s really not much that I could say about Tao Yuan. It has been praised here and there by everyone, and they have good reasons to. The food is reasonably-priced, the quality is fantastic, and the service is efficient. Their Greenbelt branch is a bit small as compared to the other ones, but the quality of the food is still basically the same, according to Douglas.
Tao Yuan Restaurant
508-512 GENERAL MALVAR STREET
MALATE MANILA PHILIPPINES
(BESIDE MUSIC 21 AND ACROSS PAN PACIFIC HOTEL)
RESORTS WORLD BRANCH
FNB 2, 2/FL RESORTS WORLD MANILA,
NEWPORT CITY, PASAY CITY
GREENBELT 3 BRANCH
2ND FLOOR GREENBELT 3
AYALA CENTER, MAKATI CITY
With and For Love,
Rina Caparras and Douglas Chong