My day started awry as the weather was horrible – it started to rain at first but then it was sunny all of a sudden, and when I thought the day weather was going steady, it rained again. On top of that, I also had a sore throat that day. To be honest, the weather put a damper on my day and I wasn’t exactly in my best mood to meet up with the Open Rice team for Eats A Date event last August 22, 2014. Anyway, it was a good thing I was able to relax when I arrived at the Peal River Café.
Pearl River Café opened its doors to the public last February 8 this year. It is beside The Chophouse and the Jack’s Loft located at the fourth level of TriNoma. The Pearl River Café offers Cantonese cuisine.
I arrived a bit late, so I am not sure if the Prawn Salad (P299) is meant to be served warm or cold. Anyway, the starter is surprisingly sweet and it contains fruit cocktails drenched in a mixture of condensed milk. The deep fried prawns are placed on top.
Meanwhile, the Steamed Shrimp Dumpling (P 99) is a classic dimsum meal dish that is usually served in bamboo steamer. These translucent dumplings stick to the steamer, so the white ones were torn. I ate the dough and the filling separately, and boy were they tasty!
Of course, it would be a sin not to include one of Filipinos’s most well-loved Chinese dishes – the ubiquitous siomai – in their menu. Their siomai seemed pretty special. The Steamed Crab Roe and Shrimp Siomai (P 99) is well presented and meaty.
I was wowed by their broccoli dish, because I cannot cook one at home. Besides, my father and my mother can’t eat this since it’s packed with uric acid. Anyway, their Beef and Broccoli (P 99) comes with a brown sauce. What I like about this is that the beef is really tender.
I don’t totally get the taste of their Congee with Seafood (P 199), because it has this herbal taste to it that overpowers the porridge. It was starchy enough to fill my tummy.
The Asparagus with Shredded Pork (P199) on the other hand, is the dish worthy of a crown. It’s scrumptious, while the Fried Golden Rice with Assorted Mushrooms & Egg White balanced out the different flavors of the dishes we just had. I’m so amazed with the round egg whites, it’s like a styropor!
The Steamed Specialty Chicken ½ (P 399) is fresh, chunky, and amazingly flavor. Plus, it is served with a dipping sauce. Unfortunately I forgot to ask what it was.
The Spareribs with Garlic could have been delicious, but I was really having a hard time (actually, every time) I eat spare ribs since it’s bony, so I only ate the breading. The Barbecue Pork with Plain Rice did not have that smoky taste. Don’t worry though, it does not taste bad.
To finish our meal, we had Pomelo Sago. Gosh, I didn’t quite expect that such a combo could be that good (or maybe I was just overwhelmed of trying it for the first time?) Anyway, it has mangoes, pomelo (d’oh), coco milk, and cream.
The ambiance is modern, similar to the interiors of a sophisticated hotel. Surprisingly, given that the restaurant has a fine dining feel, their prices are affordable and the serving size is just right. Plus, most of the dishes served stood out. When it comes to service, however, I guess the waiters need to have more personable approach (or maybe they were a bit stiff because it’s an event?) Well, I won’t really know unless I dine here again. 🙂
Pearl River Cafe
Level 4 Trinoma, EDSA corner, North Avenue