Putting cleanliness, ease in mode of transportation and security aside, Manila and Singapore still share a couple of similarities most especially in being the best place to be for food lover's like you and me. Back home, our neighborhood alone is quickly becoming a go-to place when you're in the mood to try new homegrown (a.k.a. local) food concepts. One thing we have to remember is that it was in San Juan where the country's milk tea pioneer, Serenitea, first opened shop. San Juan is also known to be the modern-day Chinatown. Here, you'll see a number of Chinese delis, Chinese specialty shops, three Filipino-Chinese schools, a Buddhist temple and a lot more. In the past year alone, more restaurants opened and one of those was Mu Noodle Bar.
I must have been out of the radar but I felt like Mu Noodle Bar opened so quietly that it was only through hearsay that I found out about this modern Chinese restaurant. What prompted me to try it was after hearing my sister telling us that she and her boyfriend E have been desparately attempting to dine here three times but to no avail. She complained that there was always a waiting line and it would take them hours before they can finally get their table for two since Mu Noodle Bar is not a fast food restaurant in the first place.
Well, when one wants to dine there that bad, the entire family gives our all-out support by attempting to try it with them one more time. So there we were just right on time for dinner but was surprise that we had to wait outside for a good 30 minutes as the entire restaurant was filled already. Finally, we were ushered to our table by the open glass that overlooks the kitchen. My dad is the world's biggest neat freak and we were all so nervous as our table was right beside the washroom and he also has a good view of the kitchen from his seat. One wrong (read: unhygienic) move and we might be forced to change restaurants.
So let's move on to the food shall we?
We also tried the Char Siu Pork Noodles (Php. 220) as Mommy thinks any restaurant with the word "noodle/s" in it must have superb noodles. Well, it was okay. Nothing quite exciting about it, the noodles were "al dente" and the soup base was thick, creamy and flavorful but I think what I loved more was the...
...and we returned to Mu Noodle Bar
Visit Mu Noodle Bar at 197 Wilson street, San Juan City. Call them at 451- 2681.