Friday, January 10, 2014

Tagaytay Food Trip 2: Chine

Chine is a Chinese restaurant in Casino Filipino. It currently has a 4 1/2 star rating in Trip Advisor and some reviews talked about this place having the best dimsum in Tagaytay. Feasting on dimsum sounded like a great idea so I included this resto in my food trip itinerary. While it seemed like a good plan, it didn't exactly turn out the way I hoped.

Before I got there, I was planning to stuff myself on multiple plates of dimsum like siomai, hakaw, and beancurd roll which is what I normally do when I eat in Causeway. However, when I saw the menu, I realized that the dimsum menu was very limited. I think it had siomai, wonton, and siopao. That wasn't really what I had in mind so I changed my plan and instead opted for one order of dimsum and a main course. I ordered the Pork and Shrimp Siomai which was pretty good, although I think the Causeway siomai is still better (and cheaper, even without the 50% off).

I also ordered the Minced Pork with Lettuce. (Unfortunately, I forgot to note down the exact names of the dishes I ordered and I also lost my receipt so I don't know how much each item cost.) I'm not exactly sure what ingredients were mixed in with the meat but it had a lot of flavor, similar to what you would get in Chinese restaurants in Metro Manila.

I remember spending around P500-600 for these two items plus a Coke Zero so it is a bit on the expensive side. While the food is good, the ambience is definitely not up to par. It does photograph well from a distance but a closer look will make you realize that it isn't exactly the cleanest place and they could do with new table linens.

I wouldn't recommend that you go out of your way to have a meal in Chine. The food is good but the restaurant is a bit dingy (and the restroom here really sucks). If you are already in Casino Filipino and you don't feel like heading out for a meal, then this is a good option for you. I'm guessing that it has good reviews online because people in the casino can order from the restaurant which allows them to enjoy some dimsum and Chinese food while gambling the day and night away.

Chine at Casino Filipino
Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
Casino Filipino is located right across Taal Vista Hotel

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