Saturday, March 12, 2016

The best new dishes at Lugang Cafe in Glorietta. And about old favourites like the xiao long boa and the chicken.


So last week, the Travelife Magazine team decided to go out for lunch as we all have really been working way too hard. It was time to just shoot the breeze a little bit.

"Where should we go?" I asked everyone.

Delicious shrimps at Lugang Cafe

I'm the last person to ask about good restaurants in this city, you see.

I'm not often in town and when I am, I'm attending events, eating in hotel restaurants because I really like places with a relaxed atmosphere and lots of space, or else I'm eating in people's houses or hosting dinner at home.

Scroll down to read more about the best dishes at Lugang Cafe..



THE TRAVELIFE MAGAZINE TEAM
LIKES LUGANG CAFE

Kevin, Travelife Magazine's Business Development Manager, suggested Lugang Cafe in Glorietta as he's a regular at Lugang Cafe and he likes one of the chicken dishes on the menu.

Ceia, Travelife Magazine's managing editor, seconded the motion.

We had two kinds of xiao long bao at Lugang Cafe,
including this one with kimchi.

GETTING PSYCHED
FOR  HOLIDAY IN TAIWAN

As for me, I was happy to eat good Taiwanese food as I'm already getting psyched for an upcoming foodie and hot springs holiday to Taiwan.

This still about three or four trips from now, but everything's set for our holiday in Taiwan save for the rental car which we're planning to pick up after a few days in Taipei and to drive around the Taiwanese countryside with.

The xiao long boa at Lugang Cafe
is made with real Taiwanese flour
to ensure authenticity

A PRIVATE ROOM
AT LUGANG CAFE

We took the private room of Lugang Cafe in Glorietta, right next to the Holiday Inn, which is perfect for a group lunch, and this was spacious and very nicely done.

Certainly not your typical crowded Chinese restaurant atmosphere.

Every dish at Lugang Cafe was really good.
This is their version of the Taiwanese
three-cup squid.

I let everyone else in the Travelife Magazine team do the ordering as they seemed to know the menu pretty well, and every dish that arrived was so good. I think I ate enough for a year.

Of course, Kevin had his chicken which apparently is one of Lugang Cafe's classic bestsellers.


THE BEST OF LUGANG CAFE'S
NEW DISHES

Then we tried all the new dishes of Lugang Cafe that had just come out.

It was like a big lauriat with about 15 creative and tasty dishes and 2 desserts. Apparently they change their menu quite regularly although they do keep the bestsellers -- and this is no mean feat, as the Lugang Cafe menu has about 300 items.

Steamed custard with clams
at Lugang Cafe

My personal favourites were a steamed custard dish with clams, the Taiwanese-style fried chicken lightly breaded and fried crispy and then served with pepper and salt, and a spicy beef dish.

But, honestly, every dish we had at Lugang Cafe was good in a comfort food way.

This beef dish with peppers was a winner.
Although every dish I had was really very good.

I loved this beef noodle soup at Lugang Cafe...

PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM
AND A RED BEAN SUNDAE

And thank goodness I save room for dessert. We ordered two kinds of dessert each, both new desserts for me and very good.

I first had a peanut butter ice cream which was very refreshing and so nice for a hot day.



And then we had the famous Lugang Cafe dessert, which is literally a mountain of crushed ice covered in red bean paste and condensed milk.

It was certainly the most dramatic dish of that lunch, and if you like red bean paste, you'll love this.

YOU HAVE TO HAVE COFFEE HERE

But actually, I take this back.

The most dramatic point of a meal full of delicious dishes worth writing about was probably Lugang Cafe's famous coffee, which comes in the most elegant contraption that brews coffee in a way that will certainly stop conversation -- or re-start it if you are having trouble finding things to say.


I don't even drink coffee but I just had to have this one.

And thank goodness we all did, because this strong coffee after a really delicious comfort food meal was exactly what we needed before heading back to work on just another wonderful afternoon in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.


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