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Red Onion CaféMonday, December 09, 2013
I usually keep up with the newest restaurants and food trends through Pepper.ph. And yes, that's how I first knew about Red Onion Cafe. Around late November, this Taiwanese restaurant was featured along with "an opportunity to dine for free." I am certainly no food expert and I'm only guided by the principle "Always try something new" when choosing restaurants to dine in. Taiwanese cuisine and anything that's free sounds good so I thought, it wouldn't hurt to try, right?
Long story short, I won. Haha. I got in touch with Mr. Wen-Szu Lin to make the arrangements on when I could visit.
I went there with a couple of friends (Muffet, Ian and Bell) last Wednesday since I would be out for the weekend. It was also our first time visiting UP Town Center. It was a little far from our usual Katipunan foodtrips but it was worth the trip. We really got excited when we saw a branch of IHOP and Ba Noi's, and there was so many new restaurants to try! Hehe. I have a feeling we will be frequenting UP Town in the following weeks.
As soon as we got there, I introduced myself; saying I was one of the Pepper.ph winners and showed them my ID card that I coincidentally just removed from being clipped on my right pocket.
There was this huge wall covered with a photo of different spices usually used in Asian cooking. I remember asking my father when I was young why he prefers red onions over white ones. He told me it's because red onions are more flavorful. I guess it's one of things that make Asian cuisines different from others.
Eventhough their 39 Spices Beef Noodle was a house specialty, we decided to skip it because we just felt it was a rice kind of morning.
Wen-Szu also came up to us and introduced himself. He was such a pleasant guy! He talked to us for a few minutes before excusing himself.
On the table:
|Vegetable Handmade Dumplings (8 pcs.) - PhP 138|
|Polonchay - PhP 168|
|Sichuan Mala Chicken - PhP 198 / PhP 378|
|Shin Lin Night Market Porkchop - PhP 188|
|Stir-fried Beef with Leeks - PhP 328|
|Red Onion House Fried Rice - PhP 188|
|Iced Coffee with Condensed Milk - PhP 98|
|We are full and we are happy!|
Dining at Red Onion Cafe is quite an adventure to the palate and worth your every penny. Taiwanese cuisine is now off of our list! There's a couple of other best sellers I've yet to try! On my list also is the Taiwanese Crispy Dumplings so I'm/we're definitely coming back! Again, a big thanks to Wen-Szu Lin for your warm welcome and of course, Pepper.ph!
Red Onion Cafe is located at Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City (right across IHOP and next to Ba Noi's)
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (Mondays - Thursdays)
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM (Fridays - Sundays)
Official Instagram Account (Please use the hashtag #redonioncafeph)