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Sunday, June 9, 2013

King Chef Fine Dining: Revisiting A Chinese Feast in Banawe

One of my earliest restaurant reviews back in 2011 was my visit to King Chef Fine Dining in Banawe, Quezon City. And while I didn't get the chance to pay it a trip sooner, it has remained to be one of my favorites when it comes to Chinese fare. Earlier this year, we revisited King Chef after futile attempts to eat at buffets during the Valentine's night. And while it was our last option, I gladly got to relive my adoration for King Chef Fine Dining.
Complimentary Peanuts
Complimentary peanuts while we wait for our orders
Unlike most people who celebrated Valentine's night with their special someone, the beau and I didn't go out during that special day. Instead, I celebrated with the whole family who were craving for an eat-all-you-can adventure. Unfortunately though, the restaurants offering dinner buffet in the West Avenue and Banawe areas in Quezon City, were all overflowing with people. And since I can't bear to have my parents wait for hours and hours without the assurance of getting seated within the dinner service time, we just went straight to King Chef Fine Dining to try our luck, hoping they have free tables.

Obviously, we were gladly accommodated. And so our Valentine's dinner began...

King Chef Seafood Spinach Soup P220
King Chef Seafood Spinach Soup (Small P220; Medium P330; Large P550)
To start off, we had the King Chef Seafood Spinach Soup which is also the same soup item we had on our previous visit. Like how I remembered it, it was still a subtle blend of spinach and seafood bits in a really enticing forest-moss green color. Everyone in our table seemed to have enjoyed it, even my little sister who actually dislikes spinach.

Peking Duck 2 Ways (Half) P1,050
Peking Duck 2 Ways (Half)
Peking Duck 2 Ways (Half P1,050)
Next, we had Half a Peking Duck 2 Ways which a specialized server prepped. Just look at that glistening skin! I may not be a big Peking duck fan, but I sure wanted to snag some of those crispy duck skin to gorge down. I can do away without the ways, anyway.

Peking Duck 2 Ways - Peking Duck Pancake
✓ Peking Duck Pancake (1st Way)
Or so I thought. As much as I wanted to eat the Peking duck plainly, I have to admit that eating it as a Peking Duck Pancake is so much better. The duck skin with part of its meat is encased in a flour wrapper with cucumber, shallots and some Hoisin sauce. Every bite was just bursting with a delicate savory flavor, nicely balanced by the fresh fillings and thin wrapper. We had to eat these right away though so they won't get tough.

Peking Duck 2 Ways - Minced with Lettuce Wrap
✓ Minced Duck with Lettuce Wrap or Sang Choi Bao (2nd Way)
While I really enjoyed the first way, the Minced Duck with Lettuce Wrap version was a treat I find lighter and easier on the palate. The rest of the Peking duck meat was minced and sautéed with vegetables in oyster sauce, then served with lettuce wraps. The whole family enjoyed this fun, interactive, albeit messy, way to eat Peking duck.

Spareribs with 8 Spices P290
Spareribs with 8 Spices (Small P290; Medium P430; Large P725)
This was my favorite dish during our previous visit to King Chef. However, for some reason, this serving of Spareribs with 8 Spices while still as tasty, had a funky note to it. It was still fried to a beautiful crisp with an inside oozing with tons of flavor and meaty goodness. I guess it was the oil they used which posed problems for us this time around.

Salt and Pepper Froglegs P330
✓ Salt and Pepper Frog Legs (Small P330; Medium P495; Large P825)
While this serving of Salt and Pepper Frog Legs is another fried item, we didn't notice any funky note in the oil. They were crispy and very well-seasoned, two factors we look for when it comes to fried frog legs. And since we loved them to bits, we tried our hardest not to finish the whole plate so we can still have take home frog legs for midnight snack.

Beef Tenderloin Chinese Style P380
✓ Beef Tenderloin Chinese Style (Small P380; Medium P515; Large P1,080)
A visit to a Chinese restaurant won't be complete if we skip ordering my little sister's favorite dish -- Beef Tenderloin Chinese Style. Served in a hot stone pot, these slices of beef tenderloin were juicy, meaty and very succulent, doused in a sweet and savory sauce. Among our orders for the night, I found this dish the most fitting to eat with rice.

Steamed Fish Fillet with Japanese Tofu P260
Steamed Fish Fillet with Japanese Tofu (Small P260; Medium P390; Large P650)
For seafood, we decided to have the Steamed Fish Fillet with Japanese Tofu. This serving is pretty good as the fish was fresh and was cooked perfectly while bathing in a light soy sauce. The addition of Japanese tofu was refreshing too, although it served more purpose for me and my dad who are bigger tofu lovers.

Stuffed Eggplant with Japanese Sauce P380
Stuffed Eggplant with Japanese Sauce (Small P380; Medium P570; Large P760)
Big sis wanted some veggies, so we had Stuffed Eggplant with Japanese Sauce as suggested by our server. I can't clearly remember every detail from this dish anymore. But if I'm not mistaken, this has tofu and a Teriyaki-style sauce. I personally found this one dimensional when it comes to taste, but it's a good vegetable viand paired with rice.

Yang Chow Fried Rice P210
Yang Chow Fried Rice (Small P210; Medium P310; Large P525)
Our rice of choice for the night was the Yang Chow Fried Rice. Not exciting I know, but the family loves pairing Chinese dishes with our default rice order. Although I can't say this version is the best I've had, this serving was good enough. And while this plate didn't have as much pork and chorizo de bilbao as I would've wanted, I loved the fact that there were shrimp pieces. And mind you, the shrimps were cooked perfectly!

For drinks, we decided to order a pot of Healing Honey Chrysanthemum Tea (P85) which promised to help cure sore throat, prevent cough and colds, and help moisturize the lungs. I'm pretty sure we needed to drink more than a pot to actually receive this tea's healing effects, but taste-wise, it was light, refreshing, floral-y and highyl enjoyable.

THE VERDICT

My second visit to King Chef was yet another enjoyable experience. It may not be as excellent as before (I'm not sure if my standards just elevated, or if the food quality wasn't as good as before anymore), but it was still pretty good compared to most Chinese restaurants I've been to. And of course, with courteous, prompt and thoughtful service to go along with the good food, I'm sure me and my family will again visit for a third time.

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5


King Chef Fine Dining, Banawe
987-989 Banawe St., Quezon City,
Metro Manila, Philippines
(02) 410-4919; 413-6619; 441-4177

King Chef Seafood Restaurant, Lucky Chinatown Mall
2/F Lucky Chinatown Mall, Binondo,
Manila, Philippines
(02) 720-8594; 466-5765
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24 comments :

  1. I am curious with the Peking Duck First Way. Its different way to eat the duck skin and like your Sis, I also like a vegetable dish and the Stuffed Eggplant with Japanese Sauce looks mouth watering.

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  2. The best among the rest, the Spinach Soup. A delicious and nutritious soup that is perfect for my diet.

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  3. I like the way they transformed the roasted peking duck into 2 new dishes! surely, it was nice watching your food server do it :) and the results were delicious? I'd surely love to try that :)

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  4. The Peking duck pancake made me remember yo eat breakfast first hahaha, Seriously, that sounds interesting enough. All those grubs with the Healing Chrysanthemum tea is a smash!

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  5. Malapit lang from work. Parang I'm tempted to drag my officemates here one lunch break. Haha! :P

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

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  6. Loved your review! Now I'm craving Chinese food! If only this resto was not too far from me :(

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  7. Lots of interesting restos in Banawe, must give this a try soon! ;)

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  8. Frog legs? Na-curios tuloy ako. I haven't tasted that one yet, as well as that peking duck food-y, nor heard of a place that serves the same here. I wanna know how that taste soon.. :)

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  9. love the chicken food plus the fried rice. good for dinner!

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    1. That's not actually chicken but Peking Duck.

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  10. Looks so delicious... Mouthwatering.. :)

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  12. now you make me order chinese food with all these fabulous pictures with food

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  13. we go here mostly for dimsum.. but u know me.. ever loyal sa causeway for their dimsum promo.. hehe :) i wanna try their frog legs!!! :)

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  14. I like having Peking Duck especially the crispy skin with the sauce and the minced meat. I want to try the place when I'm in QC.

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  15. We have eaten here several times but we have not tried their frogs legs nor their Peking duck. You have convinced me to try those one day.

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  16. This is a must visit place! It made me soo hungry. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. About to sleep then saw this post.. now I am hungry!!! Would like to try their Peking Duck.. >> but never the frog legs. hehe.

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  18. Aside from the food, what caught my attention is the beautiful print on the server's uniform! =)

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  19. a must see resto,can't wait for december to come so i could see this place :)

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  20. We have been eating at King Chef at Banawe but we mostly go for their dimsum discount which is quite reasonable and delicious

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  21. Have been eating at King Chef in Banawe and in Lucky Chinatown Mall; but we mostly avail of their discounted dimsum therefore we have to carefully watch the clock

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  22. hi, good for how many yung half peking duck na 2 way. Thanks!

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  23. Beef tenderloin chinese style looks appetizing, just merely looking at it my stomach grumbles and crave for it.

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