On Thursday, while parts of the country suffered under the combined pounding of Typhoon Gorio and the monsoon rains, Steve and I literally braved the storm to get to Lugang Café – SM North EDSA. Why, you ask? Lugang Café – SM North EDSA offers Feast All You Can 2017 or #FAYC2017 to its customers until July 31, 2017. With only a few days left to sample their dimsum, appetizers and house specialties for only P588.00 (US $11.76) plus 10% service charge, it sounds like a great deal! The unlimited order of dimsum and appetizers comes with unlimited order of rice of the day and soup, and one glass of iced tea and one scoop of ice cream.
Some of Lugang Café’s dishes
Since I skipped breakfast and had a light dinner the day before, I thought I could eat a horse and a half. Steve and I decided to order everything that was available. I mean everything.
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Here are some of the photos taken at Lugang Café – SM North EDSA:
Lugang Café – SM North EDSA before its doors opened to the public that day.
Interiors of Lugang Café – SM North EDSA. It is very clean and well-lit. The mirror at the far end makes the area bigger than it is.
Private dining area at Lugang Café – SM North EDSA.
Steamed Vegetable and Pork Dumplings and Steamed Vegetarian Dumplings with Truffle Oil. I do not know which one is which, but I remembered liking the vegetable and pork dumplings but not the vegetarian dumplings. I had two of the first and one of the second. The vegetarian dumpling was just too…healthy, and it tasted weird in my still-carnivorous mouth.
Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao (pure white) and Steamed Angled Loofah with Shrimp Xiao Long Bao (with green specks). They were both good, but the Xiao Long Bao had a fuller flavor that I enjoyed more. I had two of each.
Fried Rice with Taiwanese Sausage. It was well-seasoned and the sausage bits, all five of them, were flavorful. I did not ask for another bowl because I was too full.
Corn Soup with Chicken. It was nothing special. Knorr soup tastes better than this.
Cucumber with Vinaigrette. I love cucumbers in any form. This one was one of the better tasting dishes of the day. The cucumber was fresh and it was not overly drenched in vinaigrette, so it retained some of its crunch. The vinaigrette was light, not overpowering and had the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness.
Taiwanese Omelette with Preserved Turnip Bits. It looks like a brick and it was as heavy as a brick, too. This slice of omelette could have been my entire breakfast. Luckily, it was good. The preserved turnip bits was a great addition because it cut through all the egg to provide some relief.
Pineapple Shrimp with Crullers. Eating this was an immense pleasure. The crisp and crunch of the crullers were a welcome treat and the freshness of the pineapple bits cleansed my palate. I wished that the pineapple slices were a little bigger.
Abalone Mushroom and Jelly Fish. It was not as slimy as I imagined it would be. It had a neutral taste and since I have not eaten something like this before, I do not know how it should taste. I ate most of this dish and successfully kept it down.
Beijing Shredded Pork with Chinese Pancakes. This was served hot, but there was just too much food on the table that we were not able to eat it right away. Marco, our server, wrapped the shredded pork in Chinese pancakes and advised us to eat it like we would eat shawarma. I did not care much for the shredded pork (I generally dislike dark jelly-like sauces), but I found the Chinese pancakes a delight. I regretted not eating them immediately because their texture changed.
Wrapped Beijing Shredded Pork
Garlic Pork Roll. The roll is pork, and it was cold. As mentioned above, I dislike dark jelly-like sauces and I also dislike cold food, unless it is dessert. I skipped the sauce and ate the pork roll without embellishment. I finished three and found out that cold food is not so bad.
Vietnamese Egg Roll. They are fried, crisp and golden, in short, they were the food I normally gravitate towards. I was so happy that they were also scrumptious. The accompanying vinegar-based sauce complemented the egg rolls.
Tofu with Preserved Egg and Pork Floss. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Like Jessica Huang of Fresh Off the Boat, I believe that tofu has no innate flavor and just soaks up the flavor of other food items. Unfortunately, the last bite of tofu I got was next to the preserved egg. Let me just say that that last bite did not end up in my stomach.
Kung Pao Prawns. I am a fan of seafood, but this one was not a great dish. The sauce did not taste good and the prawns had not flavor at all.
Stir Fried Beef with Mango Slices. The best thing about this dish was the mango. it was ripe and juicy. The beef was gelatinous and the sauce was the same as the sauce of the Kung Pao Prawns.
Iced Tea. I was fond of this iced tea. It was better than most iced tea concoctions I have tasted. It was refreshing but not cloyingly sweet, and there was a hint of lemon that made it all heavenly. I wish I had two glasses of it.
Ice Cream. This scoop of mango ice cream was so yum! It was packed with mango flavor that did not taste artificial. The two mango bits I ate were just a bonus.
Lugang Café’s Feast All You Can 2017 (#FAYC2017) Special Menu
Lugang Café’s Feast All 2017 (#FAYC2017) Mechanics
Marco, our server, was very nice and accommodating. He did not bat an eyelash at every stupid thing I asked. He gave us helpful tips, from how to take photos of the food to when to order our food (which we did not follow).
Lugang Café – SM North EDSA Feast All You Can Rates:
P588.00 plus 10% service charge, P646.80 (US $12.94). Feast All You Can is available from Monday to Saturday. This 2017, it will end on July 31, 2017, Monday. Toddlers 110 cm below are free of charge. Children 110cm to 120cm are charged half the price. Leftover Food Price is equal to the regular a la carte menu prices.
Lugang Café – SM North EDSA Address:
2nd Floor, The Block, SM North EDSA, Quezon City.
Lugang Café – SM North EDSA Contact Number for Reservation: Phone (02) 3328725
Lugang Café – SM North EDSA Hours of Operation: 11am to 10pm
For more information, please visit www.lugangcafe.com.ph.