81 Shopwise Center, Araneta Center
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Opens from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm today.
•Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa
There are two branches of Razon's in Araneta Center, one at the Food Court of the new Gateway Mall and the other one at Shopwise (the former Fiesta Carnival).
We were hungry and it was a hot afternoon, with a low budget in mind, hubby and I decided to go to Razon's. The reason for the decision, the halo-halo, they have the best in town! Since it was also lunch time, we decided to eat lunch there before we delve into a tall glass of halo-halo.
Here's what we had:
Hubby ordered the beef tapa. His opinion, it was good, but the serving was quite small. I was wondering why he said that it was good, I mean, come on, beef tapa - quite ordinary. I decided to have a piece of the tapa and my thinking changed in a snap. It was good! The beef was tender, but it wasn't rubbery. It tasted good even without any condiments - vinegar, atchara (pickled papaya), etc. If there's one thing that we can request, it could be make the serving a little bigger.
Let's break it down, shall we?
The pork part - even with its thickness, the pork was tender and juicy (juicy being the closest word I can use to describe the texture - not dry, not hard, not too soft to the point that it was disintegrating on its own on the plate). It was easy to eat, you don't need a knife to slice through the serving.
The taste - two words DELICIOUSLY YUMMY. (redundant I know, but that's how good it really was!)
I was able to finish my one cup of rice with just the slice of pork. And since hubby was still hungry, he decided to order another cup of rice and eat the chicken with me.
Going to the chicken, the meat was separating from the bones but again, it was not disintegrating. And hubby agreed that it is one of the best tasting meals that we have ever had. It was superb!
In my personal opinion, what really makes the halo-halo is the shaved ice that they use. It is so fine and soft. From our experiences, the ice never hardens even if you eat your main meal and let the halo-halo sit on the table for a few minutes.
Some would say that Razon's halo-halo is quite expensive, considering that it only uses basically five ingredients - macapuno, leche flan, sweetened bananas, the finely shaved ice and milk. My take, I'd take those five basic ingredients over a glass of halo-halo that has all the fixings but when you bite into those ingredients, there's a possibility of losing your teeth.
How would I rate it then?
Service - was quite fast and efficient.
Food - Superb!
Price - very easy on the budget. For the whole meal, beef tapa (Php120), asado (Php170), halo-halo (Php90), 1 extra rice, 2 glasses of iced tea and some more extra sweets (tarts, pastillas de leche) (Php50 - 5 pieces @ Php10 each), we paid more or less Php600.
Would we go back there? The answer would be, MOST DEFINITELY!
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.