P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, a popular US-based full-service chain, has opened its first branch in the Philippines & also its first in Asia. The resto is a sprawling two-storey affair at a new complex in Alabang Town Center called The Street. We daresay everything is impressive: from the structure to the modern interiors to the food. The restaurant layout speaks of the fact that this isn’t just a place for eating but of drinking and hanging out as well.
In a nutshell, here are a few good things about P.F. Chang’s at ATC: unlimited rice (and brown rice!), a menu for vegetarians and those who want it gluten-free. The food isn’t strictly Chinese but is Chinese-inspired and really good. I was glad to know that they don’t use MSG.
One of my favorites was Chang’s Spicy Chicken (P320 an order). I liked the fact that it was breaded so lightly and not drowning in sauce. An exquisite version of sweet and sour.
If you’re tired of the usual hot shrimp salad, then try PF Chang’s Shrimp with Candied Walnuts 9P460 for two). I revelled in this dish’s creamy light sauce, the crunchiness provided by the nuts and the surprise addition of honeydew. It’s a new way to enjoy shrimp which is good since I love seafood! 🙂
The meat dishes are perfectly tender and their bestselling Mongolian beef (P695) is no exception. One order consists of 12 oz. high-grade US Angus beef cooked in a hot wok then quickly tossed with scallions and garlic.
Another dish I highly recommend is the Chengdu Spiced Lamb (P900 a serving) which is listed in the Emperor’s Choice portion of the menu ( premium items, which means they’re a tad more expensive). I am so used to my lamb curry and grilled lamb chops and I would say this dish was one of a kind. The flavor hinted at being seasoned with cumin and mint. It also had a topping of onions and cherry tomatoes.
For appetizers, try also the Dynamite Shrimp (P295) and the Chicken Lettuce Wraps (P285).
I found the prices to be reasonable but of course, beef, lamb and fish items are priced higher. Expect to allot a budget fo P350 to P500 per person.
I just noticed that the menu doesn’t offer much in terms of desserts (there are only two cakes listed) which probably means you look for it elsewhere.
I am just glad to try this popular US chain and to be invited to their press preview before they opened to the public.No doubt this will be a destination for the family whenever we crave for Chinese food. It’s a good thing that they chose to locate their maiden branch in the South of Manila since it’s a short drive away from us.
Welcome to the Philippines, P.F. Chang’s!