Our dear friend Jeff is in town from SG and as usual, we wouldn't want to pass up the chance to bond with him while he is in Manila. Truth to be told, since Jeff moved to Singapore almost 5 years ago, we (Edwin, Portia, I and Jason) have not been going out that much. So this get-together was sort of a reunion too (and a celebration of friendship - chos!)
I had an inkling this restaurant is part of the Mr. Kurusawa and Sumo Sam restaurants group. The concept, decor and get-up of the staff are just too similar.
First thing I noticed in the resto are the crew's colored wigs. Edwin said they looked like the Amazonistas from Planet X.X.X in Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah and I agree. Kulang nalang armas!
|1 order = 6 small bowls like this|
Before we decided to try Johnny Chow, we were waitlisted at Tao Yuan which boasts of the best Hainanese Chicken in the universe town. I have tried it and it was unforgettable (yeah, so unforgettable that I forgot to blog about it haha). However, the waiting time to get a table that Friday night was already ridiculous according to our stomachs.
Anyway, Johnny Chow also offers Hainanese Chicken. I must say it's a bit dry and not as tender as that of Tao Yuan, nevertheless, it still did not disappoint us.
|condiments for the Hainanese Chicken - it's unlimited, just ask the server for more|
|Mandarin Orange Beef|
On the otherhand, the Salt and Pepper Spareribs delivered as expected. There is a good proportion of meat and fat and the pork was not too oily. I just wish they put more pepper before frying.
|Salt and Pepper Spareribs|
Lastly, we had the Crispy Lapu-Lapu in Cilantro and Pomelo. I may be just ignorant or my taste buds malfunctioned that night, but I hardly noticed the cilantro in this dish. But in fairness, the fish was crispy and huge enough to be shared by at least 3 people.
|Crispy Lapu-Lapu in Cilantro and Pomelo|