When you crave for Chinese food, you’d probably think about Binondo in the middle of old Manila. Or if you want somewhere easier to get to, you’d probably think of the usual ones in the malls like North Park or, gulp, Chowking. But would anyone think of going to the middle of a residential suburb like Parañaque? Uhhmm…nope, I don’t think so.
And that’s the reason why my family was quite surprised to find a Chinese place in the middle of one of the city’s villages that we could actually “like”, in the Facebook sense of the word. We were just randomly looking for new places to eat one weekend (as usual) and happened to be passing by Presidents Avenue in BF Homes – a place I don’t get to frequent that much, despite me being a resident of the city.
We drove by this place called the Mandarin Palace, which we’ve never heard of before, but looked lively and filled with people. Intrigued, we decided to try it, and not only were we not disappointed – we were impressed. Food was good…I couldn’t actually say anything bad about everything we’ve ordered in this place so far. Service is also quick, although the waiters/waitresses could use a bit more training – but it doesn’t spoil the experience by much. Between this and North Park, I would definitely pick the Mandarin Palace hands-down, and that’s saying a lot, since North Park by itself is not bad either.
Although President’s Avenue can be considered a “suburban food street”, a lot of the restaurants there can also be found in other places in Metropolitan Manila – but Mandarin Palace is one of the exceptions. And if you’re not from the area and happen to wander around the main street of BF Homes, this one should rank high on your list of places to try.
* Photos taken last September 2012, with Olympus E-420 and Zuiko 50mm F2.0