I promised I will be back and true enough, not long after my first visit, I found myself this time with Paul at Eat Well.
It was the day of our Marriage Preparation Seminar at the church and with only an hour provided for lunch, we had to choose a restaurant that can serve food fast!
Paul has been curious about Eat Well since the night that I first dined there, keeping with my promise, we headed straight to the restaurant which was located right across the street from where we were having our seminar. Despite the fact that the restaurant was filled with customers already, we were able to get a table at the second floor.
It was a good thing the menu was handed to us the moment we sat down. Scanning the menu, we chose the Xiao Long Pao (Php. 88), the Yang Chow fried rice (Php. 155), my favorite -- Shrimp Puff with Wasabi Mayo (Php.288) and the Sweet and Sour Pork (Php. 180).
While resting after coming from the first-half of quite an intensive seminar, our orders arrived shortly after.
As always, the Shrimp Puff with Wasabi Mayo was a delight to eat. I love the crunchy puff pastry and this time they added more wasabi mayo which helped clear my nasal passage as I was down with a nasty cold.
We stared at the steaming hot Xiao Long Pao and commented how pretty it looked. Carefully, we lifted one piece each knowing that really good Xiao Long Paos should have the soup and minced meat packed inside. Taking one small bite, I was surprised to see that it was, in fact, filled with a generous serving of broth and the meat was also pretty flavorful. Not bad, I'd say.
I love fried rice. I would probably consider this to be my weakness. No amount of determination could keep me away from at least a cup of fried rice. Just imagine my glee when Paul suggested that we get Yang Chow fried rice to go with our meal. I immediately relayed this to our server before he changes his mind. Luckily, Eat Well's fried rice has a smaller serving size compared to the other Chinese restaurants that we frequent. Here, it can serve a group of 2-3 which was just right for a quick and simple meal. I also noticed that there were a lot of shrimps added into the rice, this definitely makes it worth the price.
Lastly, we got a plate of Sweet and Sour Pork. Similar to how I would use tempura as a gauge on how well a restaurant can cook Japanese cuisine, Sweet and Sour Pork is what I use to measure how authentic a Chinese restaurant is. This is the most basic dish and I believe is present in almost all Chinese restaurants here and abroad. I like my pork to be crunchy and just lightly coated with the sweet and sour sticky sauce. The pork should have a chewy, bite-size cut that will make it easy for us to just pop one piece after the other. It may have a small amount of fat but definitely still a big chunk of lean meat.
So how did Eat Well's Sweet and Sour Pork fair?
Flavor-wise, we liked the combination of both the sweet and sour of the sauce. I enjoyed the pineapple chunks added into the dish while Paul liked the bell peppers. I just feel that they could have probably make the cuts more of the same size and to make the meat more crunchy as I somehow had to play tug-of-war with some of the meat pieces.
Nonetheless, Paul and I had a happy lunch and we will definitely be back this time with the entire family. :)
Eat Well is located within the Greenhills Commercial Center (beside Sugi and Pancake House). Call them at 722-8518.