I was invited by Aldous to have dinner at Red Onion Café which specializes on Taiwanese meals. My taste buds were basically exploding with foodgasm for it is rare for me to hear of a Taiwanese restaurant despite the fact the country is brimming with restaurants. The first branch of Red Onion’s Café opened last October 2013 at UP Town Center.
Mr. Mark Endaya, the resto’s co-owner, happily introduced us their menu. He told us that it was open for constructive criticism. He then gave us the go signal to taste their dishes.
The Taiwanese Crispy Dumplings (P 198.00) appears to like a crepe, but there’s definitely more to it! The enormous dumplings are full of surprises inside. The dumplings are really good, because it is half pan fried, and half boiled. Their Red Onion’s house sauce is really unique and quite flavorful. However, you have to eat this quick once served, because it will no longer have that crispy texture after it gets cools.
Three Cups Chicken (P 278.00) is their latest addition to their menu. It is flavored with three cups of different ingredients. When I got to try it, I was not able to distinguish what flavors they used.
Of course, the specialty of the house, 39 Spices Beef Noodle (P 288.00) is a half meat and half tenderloin dish with hand-shaved noodles made straight in their kitchen. I swear there’s a hint of sweet and salty in it and I can compare the broth to Mitsuyado’s noodle. However, there are still some differences, and the most obvious one is that Mitsuyado serves Japanese dishes.
Here is the wonderful anatomy of their 39 Spices Beef Noodle:
Red Onion House Fried Rice (P 188.00) is good for 2 to 3 persons. It may look very drool-worthy, but the taste of the rice is just ordinary. I guess it was made that way, because the dishes are already rich in flavor.
The Double Fried Sweet and Sour Pork (P 228.00) is flavored like buffalo wings without the dash of spiciness.
I leisurely took time devouring every bite of Sichuan Mala Chicken (P 198.00), because it is spicy. I like it when my mouth is screaming for cold water.
The Walnut Shrimp (P 388.00) has a sweet taste and the soft shrimp along with the hard walnut added character to the dish.
I hope that Ginger Mahi-Mahi (P 388.00) will have something that would surprise foodies, something that would make it smell appealing and taste irresistible.
The dessert that we had was Seasonal Flavor Snow Ice. We were served with a Mango-flavored shaved ice with cinnamon powder drizzled on top and a Red Bean-flavored one with condensed milk on top. They are both delicious even if they were rather simple. This is priced at P138.00.
The Papaya Milk Shake was my thirst-quencher for the night!
Commercial break! This is their new-hired commis chef who diligently shaved noodles; I am very excited for the performances he is going to be doing for the following years as he cooks up dishes for Red Onion Café. I’m pretty sure this would draw more attention from possible customers if onlookers see him from the outside of the restaurant.
The ambience is cozy, has peaceful surroundings, and is spacious. I find their prices a bit costly for their serving. The amount of food served was not as adequate as I was hoping it to be. The staff is courteous as they cleared our plates. When it comes to the food, I prefer the 39 Spices, Walnut Shrimp, Sichuan Mala Chicken, and the Mango shaved ice more than the others. I would love to try their other dumplings if I have the chance to swing by this place again.
Red Onion Café
11:00 – 23:00
G/F Ayala UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City