North Park Noodle House
Manila Ocean Park Branch
G/F Manila Ocean Park
Roxas Blvd. (behind Quirino Grand Stand), Ermita
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone Number: (63 2) 567-2767
I know for a fact that North Park is a very common place for most people. But there are several things about this particular branch that I would love for people to know about.
When we got to North Park, the place was overflowing with customers, we had to get a number and wait for seats that day. The guard on duty was really great, he got our names and gave us a number.
While waiting for a seat, we looked at the menu outside and decided our meal from there.
We didn't wait for a long time, I'd say after five minutes or so, we were called and led to our table. When we were seated, the guard immediately called a free member of the crew and told our server to place the menu on our table. Efficient, wasn't he?
Since we already decided what to eat, we immediately placed our orders and sat patiently to wait for our meal. The best thing about the experience, even with so many people in the restaurant, we didn't have to follow up on any of our food. The waiter served everything on cue and on time. Really efficient!
The first thing on our table was the soup that we ordered
It was quite good. Not too salty and one could really taste the dimsum that was part of the ingredients. The broth was still hot, which helped a lot in warming our hungry bellies.
For our main meal, we got the Yang Chao rice, which when we saw, we thought we couldn't finish. But then again, with no breakfast and a VERY late lunch, we were able to finish the entire serving easily.
The broccoli was something probably made in Chinese Cuisine heaven. The vegetables were cooked to a crunchy consistency, but without the gummy feel of most vegetables. The mushrooms were not bouncy, it was easily cut by our spoons and forks. The oyster sauce was not too thick to make you grab a glass of water once it gets into your mouth.
The fish was fried to a golden brown crisp. Although, I think it could use a little more lemon for added flavor. But overall, the serving was tasty, and I can say this without bias because the lapu-lapu was the last dish that was put on our table. Meaning, I already satisfied my hunger and the food didn't taste good just because I was hungry.
To summarize our whole experience
The service was fast, efficient and the crew members were friendly.
The food is something that you can live by, not spectacular, but it will surely give you the idea that you are eating a Chinese meal.
The cost, not to hard on the pockets. We only paid less than Php1,000 for everything on our table, including two glasses of iced tea.
Overall experience, it was very satisfying.
Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.