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David's Tea House at The Wharf

David's Tea House at The Wharf

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

David's Tea House Sweet & Sour Pork
It was my aunt's birthday that herded the whole clan to celebrate at David's Tea House at The Wharf. Situated on top of a hilly point in Lakefront, Paranaque, The Wharf is a commercial complex which houses restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, providing the locals a place to hang out and relax.

David's Tea House menu board
As we sat at the reserved tables, we began to scout the menu for dishes that would represent each type of the Chinese (Hongkong) cuisine. Without much debate, we settled for a set menu (P3,950), which consists of soup, rice, a beef dish, a chicken dish, squid, clams, dessert and drinks, that's good for 10 people.

David's Tea House Polonchay with Seafood Soup
The Polonchay with Seafood Soup (P270) was surprisingly tasty. The color, while it made me think of green eggs and ham, was not something you usually associate with soup. I was hesitant to try it at first, but my stomach was battling it out with my sense of sight. In the end (the fight lasted for one minute), my tummy won, and as the hot soup tickled my taste buds, I tasted something which I could only describe as delicious.

David's Tea House Shrimp Siomai
The Shrimp Siomai (P75) was an additional order because there was no dim sum included in the set menu. It was meaty alright, but there was no distinct flavor of shrimp. If you closed your eyes and were oblivious to the name of the dish ordered, you'd have easily mistaken it for pork siomai.

David's Tea House Yang Chow Fried Rice
Yang Chow Fried Rice (P180) is the most common choice for rice when in Chinese restaurants. And this particular Yang Chow offers nothing unique that can set it apart from that of other restaurants.

David's Tea House Beef with Broccoli Flower
The Beef with Broccoli Flower (P240) shouts Chinese. Though some parts of the meat were a bit rubbery, the thinness of the cut prevented you from having a lock jaw out of over chewing. The broccoli flowers are not that crunchy anymore as they lay there drenched in beef sauce. Nevertheless, I love broccoli flowers, crunch or no crunch, so I ate more than my share.

David's Tea House Fried Squid with Salt & Pepper
The Fried Squid with Salt & Pepper (P260) was good. The fried batter was crisp, a bit spicy brought about by the pepper, and the dipping sauce completed the bite. The squid was cooked well, it wasn't tough at all and you can easily cut right through the meat.

David's Tea House Mixed Meat Pancit Canton
As Filipino birthday traditions go, it wouldn't be complete without noodles to represent a person's prayer for longevity. Seeing as there were no noodles included in the set menu, we then ordered the Mixed Meat Pancit Canton (P190) which was okay. Granted it had more sauce than your average canton but really, it wasn't their saving grace.

David's Tea House Clams with Tausi
The Clams with Tausi (P230) was spicy, but not overly so. And because clam meats are just teeny weeny in size, they usually depend on the broth or sauce for their flavor. I like clams save for the times they are cooked in sand. I hate it when I see sand still inside the clams' shells trickling down onto your plate as you try to open them and scoop out the meat. Good thing I didn't taste the grains in this dish.

David's Tea House Sweet & Sour Pork 2
I love their Sweet & Sour Pork (P215). This particular version was more on the sour side, but still had that faint hint of sweetness at the edge of your palate. Particularly noteworthy were the thin slices of tender pork. I love how you can easily cut through it without much effort, unlike overcooked ones that produce dry, rubbery meat.

David's Tea House Sesami Buchi
The dessert included in the set menu was Sesame Buchi (P65). This was as good as any buchi can get. Crunchy, sesame-coated glutinous rice flour wrapped around sweetened mongo beans. It is really best eaten when warm, as it wouldn't have that same "crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside" effect if left for long.

David's Tea House Iced Tea
The Iced Tea (P65) was a bit lemony, and I prefer the Nestea or Lipton kind over the homemade, lemony ones. Except when it's flavored iced tea like strawberry or the peppermint and hibiscus tea from Mary Grace. You could opt to make your glasses bottomless for an additional P300 per table.

As the night went on, with tummies full and appetites satisfied, my cousins and I went out through the back door to the open balcony at the back of the resto. With a breathtaking view overlooking Lakefront's community of Victorian houses and the cool Laguna Bay breeze providing us with natural air conditioning, it was certainly a perfect ending to a family celebration filled with good food and good company.


The Average Jane said...

The shrimp siomai and rice looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing your photos. They all lot so good. =)

entrepgirl said...

And thank you for appreciating them. :)

Gita Asuncion said...

your pictures are heavenly! they do make the food look even yummier than they already are!
sis, where in paranaque is lakefront? maybe we can try out the place, too.

entrepgirl said...

it's in east service road, sucat interchange. right beside 19 East.

if you're from makati, take the sucat exit, then turn left at the crossing then turn left again at the east service road. you'll see The Wharf commercial complex where there's David's Tea House, Figaro, and Dencio's. :)

you can search "The Wharf" in google maps, it will show you the street map of the place. :)

[pinkc00kies] said...

the soup, pancit and beef w/ broccoli looks yummy!!

Vhen said...

daming foods.. sarap sarap!

thanks for the visit!

just followed you by the way :)

anney said...

I would love to try their clams with tausi!

maiylah said...

yummy shots! would love to try that soup... and that clam suddenly reminded me of home (in the province)...we almost always had them when i was growing up. :)

enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Gita Asuncion said...

ooh! i think i know this na. it is right across from our side of the highway. dito kami sa west service road, 'near' 19 East eh. thanks for the tip and the very savory photos! :))

entrepgirl said...

no problem! :)

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