Thursday, July 18, 2013

More reasons to love Lido

 Lido Cocina Tsina is one of those restaurants I love going back to because of their yummy dishes and really good coffee (This is my third blog about Lido, by the way). You see, I'm a true blue coffee lover and I order a cup everywhere I eat that it's on the menu. Of all the restaurants I've visited since I started blogging last year, there are only two foodie places where I had brewed coffee so good it had gotten etched on my mind: French Baker and Lido. Last July 7, however, I was at Lido for the third time with a bunch of kids (my four children and the eldest's beau) and I ordered iced coffee instead of hot and I loved it as well. Hmm..another reason for loving this Chinese foodie place. 
Anyway, it was the UN Ave. branch that we went to for lunch right after church service at the Cathedral of Praise that Sunday. These were our orders:  

Pugon-Roasted Asado, P270. This is what Lido is known for. Really delicious!
Drunken Lechon Macau, P267.

Shrimp Balls, Mucho size, P280.

Buttered chicken Mucho size, P255.

Yangchow Fried Rice, Familia size, P380.

Hototay Soup, Mucho, P205.

Mango Jello Cooler, P65.

Halo-halo, Regular, P95.

Our varying drinks - iced tea (P35), iced coffee (P95) and mango juice (P65).

My iced coffee


The menu

Lido on UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila

We liked everything we ordered but the stand-out dishes were the Pugon-Roasted Pork Asado (the default!), Shrimp Balls and Yangchow Fried Rice. If you've never been to Lido and want to try their specialties, you'll never go wrong with the Pugon-Roasted Asado. After all, it's a recipe that has withstood over 70 years! Anyway, the Hototay Soup was kinda weird to me because it had ginger. Sorry but we do not put ginger when we make hototay at home, that's why. But we do put in a lot of veggies - carrots and Baguio petchay - and these were scarce in Lido's version. It tasted good, however, so we still liked it. As for the others (Drunken Lechon Macau and Buttered Chicken) they were not unforgettable but okay nonetheless. 
Service was friendly, too and the ambiance was relaxing with the clean surroundings and simple interiors. All in all, it was an enjoyable lunch we had at Lido. Lido Cocina Tsina has branches at Shaw Blvd in Mandaluyong City, UN Ave. corner Jorge Bocobo St. in Manila, Commonwealth Ave., Visayas Ave. and E. Rodriguez in Quezon City, Ortigas Ext. in Cainta, BF Homes in Paranaque, and South Park High in Las Pinas, and Pasong Tamo in Makati City.
By the way, Lido Cocina Tsina is owned by the same people who own Panciteria Lido, in case you're confused as I was. Hehe.