The place was packed full. Luckily, they were able to accommodate us immediately. Unluckily for those who went after us, they had to wait a while. This further raised my expectations of this cafe, especially after they handed out the menu. Their dim sum, which I already raise my eyebrows when they pass the 100 Php mark, cost no less than twice of that. However, we already know that their xiao long bao is the must-order in this place. With a few to choose from, we settled for the Steamed Angled Loofah with Shrimps Xiao Long Bao (228 Php). We had a hard time deciding what else to order, since we were hoping not to break the 1000 Php mark. We settled for two noodle dishes: their Spicy Beef and Tendon Noodles Soup (250 Php) and Minced Pork in Bean Sauce over Noodles (230 Php); and their Spring Onion Pancake (160 Php) house specialty. Since this was a cafe, they had an entire menu filled with drinks and cafe-style desserts. Sadly, they didn't have what Beloved originally wanted: milk tea and a different flavored smoothie. She settled for their Peanut Smoothie (200 Php).
Our steamed order, their Steamed Angled Loofah with Shrimps Xiao Long Bao arrived first. These were eight pieces of freshly steamed soup dumplings. Each of them was filled with bite-sized portions of soup with shrimps and said vegetable. Honestly, it wasn't as great as I expected, but I must admit that this is one of the easier xiao long bao we've had, since the dumplings stick easily to the chopsticks, making the Chinese soup spoon optional. Take care, however, because the stuff inside is piping hot!
All in all, it was an okay visit. I was pleasantly surprised that we were given a special promotional discount which made our bill drop from over 1.2k to our goal of under 1000 Php. The only dish we didn't really enjoy as much was the pork and bean pasta, but the rest ranged from okay to good. I'm pretty sure Beloved enjoyed this a lot, especially since she was able to consume half a mountain's worth of frozen peanut butter. I'm pretty sure I won't initiate another visit here, but that's just because I don't really fancy their menu items, and I'd rather go to a regular Chinese tea house. However, I have a feeling Beloved will do so just to try the other stuff from Lugang Cafe's second menu.
|Worth a try|
SM North EDSA, the Block.
400+ Php per head.
Dessert lovers, large parties of Chinese/Taiwanese food lovers.
Not recommended for:
Impoverished eaters, loners.
Smart nomnomnom tip:
All their dishes are your typical Chinese tea house/restaurant servings: good for sharing.