Sunday, August 12, 2012

Weekend Food Tripping at: Cafe Monaco + My Favorite Noodle Soup

Good morning!  It's a Sunday and at the moment, I'm off for a Wedding gig!  It'll a full, busy day but I can't way as my brothers and parents will be coming back from their Hong Kong trip!  I can't wait to hear their stories!  Ahhh, I have to get back to Hong Kong after 3 long years!  I missed the food and I missed just walking around the area!  *chants* "Must...Go...Back!!!"

Since last week has been crazy with the monsoon rains that seem to go endless, we were on house arrest so we definitely didn't go out for "Weekend Food Trip"!  But guess what?  I have stock photos from the week prior to that and let me share to you first, my favorite noodle soup at the moment....

Lam Tin's Asado (Pork) Wonton Noodle Soup
less than Php200.00 (approx $4.00 or less)
On days that I get to visit Banawe, Lam Tin Tea House will always be the restaurant of choice!  I'm sure the servers would know our orders once we get in the restaurant!  "Fish and Tofu rice plus Lumpiang Shanghai please!"  *laughs*  And one day, as I was craving for something to warm my tummy, I've decided to give their noodle soup a try and I can't believe why in the world would I miss this!

The difference between Lam Tin's version of Asado Wonton Noodle Soup as compared to other restaurants?  Aside from the fact that you get a lot of noodles, pork and wonton, the soup base is very tasty!  The restaurant added the "honeycured pork" sauce over the soup making it extra yummy!

If you're within the area, definitely a must try!

 Lam Tin Tea House
#30-U Banawe St. Cor. Cuenco St.
Brgy. Sto. Domningo, QC
Tel nos: (632) 425-7093 / (632) 998-46-85

Please keep in mind that the restaurant only accepts cash payment.  No service charge.

Since we're within the area, let's head to a quaint restaurant that you don't see often without having someone recommend this place to you!

Cafe Monaco
Also located at Banawe, Quezen City, this restaurant was highly recommended by Keith's colleague as she knew how much we love Korean dishes.  Yes, Cafe Monaco, the restaurant serves Korean, Japanese and a bit of Filipino dishes!  

The restaurant is dark and it's always packed!  All the seats and tables do not match so it gives a nice "homey" feel!  

Free appetizers

Php140.00 (approx $3.25)
 For the price, I wasn't expecting much but once the dish arrived, it did not disappoint us!  

With the separate red paste, we mixed it to our Bibimbop rice according to our needs.  I like how Cafe Monaco included fresh vegetables and grilled beef into it!  The grilled beef pieces were small yet very tasty.

Korean Beef BBQ
Php125.00 (approx $ 2.90)
Another good find!  Strips of tender beef with sesame seeds and vegetables work so well with the Bibimbop! 

Cafe Monaco has a whole lot of other dishes from Tempura to Chicken and beef Ramen, Tapsilog, Losilog, Ginseng Chicken etc..!  If you're craving for Asian Dishes but don't know where to start and you are at Banawe QC, give this restaurant a try!  The food is very tasty, prices are affordable and you feel like you're eating at the comfort of your own home!

Cafe Monaco
647 Banawe St. St. Peter, QC
Tel no: (632) 743-2685

Restaurant accepts cash payment only.  No service charge.  Parking is limited.

What's your current cravings?
I'm still craving for something Korean!!! :)

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  1. Replies
    1. I was just craving for another bowl today and went back but boy were they booked and crowded!

  2. OMG! I want BBQ now! Such yummy weekend trip :)

    1. Anastacia, you just don't know how much I want to return to your country and eat there! I missed Korea!


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