Wang Fu: Casual Chinese Food for Families
12 August 2015
One relaxing evening, after a not so relaxing time with my toddler who was running all around Bonifacio High Street; my family decided to try this new place beside Conti’s. I’ve heard of this restaurant for some time but this was my first time to try it out. Just from the outside it does look inviting and exuded a casual vibe.
Upon entering we really felt the warm quick casual dining atmosphere that they were trying to express, as we all know in this specific niche; it has been North Park dominating this sector. And dare I say, it might have found a qualified challenger.
We actually ordered their set meals, which was really really affordable and of great value. You get rice, with soup, the mains and some sides.
But because it was a rainy day, I also had me some wanton noodles soup (PhP168) and this was impeccable. The broth was silky and not overwhelming while the noodles reminded me of old chinese noodle houses in Manila. This is a must try and I would say much better than some of its competitors in the same segment.
The Tofu Fish Fillet (PhP168) was an upgrade from the usual fastfood offering, the fish was tender and the seasoning was just right. Not overwhelmingly seasoned, with the crisp vegetables and the thick sauce, this was another winner without question. Think LeChing but thrice in quality. Magnifique!
While the other set meal was the Salted Egg Fried Chicken (PhP188) which was also a hit with my daughter, who only knows how to eat chicken. This was also a surefire winner for us, really tender chicken fillet in a perfectly breaded crust. Yum!
Lastly, the Hainanese Chicken (PhP198) was another immaculate selection, my wife and I loved this. The chicken was succulent and juicy, and did not have that overcooked and gummy texture. While the sauces that came with it was also a revelation. We were not disappointed, and a great value too for its price point.
We were happy campers on this trip, glad that my wife and I took to that part of the plaza and decided to try this new place. For next time, we’ll try to have their mains and the dimsum, which looked real good.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
The place was great, perfect for families who wish to share memories and have conversations. This is after all, a trademark of great restaurants, when it becomes more than a place to eat but becomes part of familial traditions. Since I was a child, North Park was our go to place, perhaps now Wang Fu may be the next one for my own family.
The place was not fussy and did not take itself too seriously, evoking the fast casual dining Chinese restaurants. The food can speak for itself, and you can take my word that you will not be disappointed. Plus, the prices are relatively cheaper and more family-friendly.