My uncle invited us to eat with them in Lugang Restaurant located in Connecticut Greenhills. It was just the second day of operation since it opened its doors to the public. If I'm not mistaken, this is the first restaurant here in Manila Philippines operated by the Bellagio Group of Companies. They are well-known in the food industry in several Asian countries. By the way, Lugang is pronounced as "Lu-Kang" (pinyin: Lùgǎng) in Chinese and not literally "Lu-Gang". Lugang is a place in China. "Gang" means harbour. More info about Lugang.
Upon hearing it, the first thing that entered my mind was, "This probably is a competitor of Crystal Jade". Crystal Jade is also a famous chain of restaurants in Asia and their first branch is also situated in the Greenhills area. I can sense a new fad on the food industry.
My first impression when I saw the restaurant -- "Wow!" I was told that it was right besides Conti's so I entered Conti's in my car GPS. Before even hearing the "You have reached your destination" alert from my GPS, I already saw the elegant looking facade of the restaurant. Believe me, you wouldn't have a hard time looking for it and ALL the cars passing by will surely notice it as you can have a glimpse of the posh interiors from the outside as it is brightly lit inside with tall pane of glasses.
The parking right in front of the restaurant can only accommodate 4 to 6 cars but parking wasn't hard because they also have this property right (rented, sources say) across the restaurant where you can park, for free. It can accommodate around 20 cars, more or less.
Before entering the restaurant, you will feel relaxed because of the zen-like architecture. They also have this huge wooden door that makes it look like you are entering a Spa. Upon going in, you will feel like you are out of the country as the ambiance is really nice. Not even Peking Garden nor Shang Palace (Chinese Restaurant inside Makati Shangri-la) is as elegant.
Posh and cozy chairs, elegant chandeliers, unique art works , modern asian accents, greenery here and there PLUS an indoor wall falls that makes the dining experience more relaxing as you can hear the water falling above which is around 25 to 30 feet. A lot of the furniture and fixture was imported from Hong Kong and China. The ground level can accommodate more than 100 pax comfortably. (my estimate)
A little information from Lugang Restaurant,
Based in Shanghai, Bellagio Management Group has spawned several popular dining and cafe concepts in Asia including Bellagio Cafe, La Paleta Tea Restaurant, and La Paleta Bakery. We take pride in the fact that our brand has been acknowledged in the industry as one of the best. Readers from "That's Beijing", a monthly English magazine, have voted Bellagio Cafe as the "Best Late-Night Dining" five years in a row. On top of that, Bellagio Cafe has been featured extensively in various fashion magazines, city guides like Frommer's, Fodor's and even Zagat. During the Beijing olympics, Bellagio was even featured in CNBC Nightly News.Because my uncle will treat us, I was a bit shy on taking photos so pardon me for not having photos for some of the food we ordered. I took photos of the entire food and drink menu though.
Since opening our first cafe in Shanghai in 2001, our name has been synonymous to quality food and great dining with an emphasis on value for money. Sample our authentic taiwanese and cantonese specialties that are sure to whet your appetite. Our roster of Chinese chefs and our imported ingredients from China and Taiwan ensure that every dish is authentic. Lugang Cafe also offers delectable desserts that will satiate your sweet tooth.
Cozy up in our warm interiors and get the best service from our friendly staff. Cap the day off with friends and loved ones over our special coffee- Relax, unwind, savor, experience. Lugang Cafe is the home of truly authentic Taiwanese and Cantonese dishes and more!
Tapioca Pearl Milk Tea Pot [ Php 140.00 ]
Served in a glass tea pot. Blend is similar to the Singaporean Hot Milk Tea. Pearls or "Sago" as locally known is served in a small cup where you can drink your tea. A must try!
Tapioca Pearl Bubble Milk Tea [ Php 130.00 ]
Cold version of the hot Tapioca Pearl Milk Tea
Cantonese Iced Lemon Tea [ Php 90.00 ]
Not your typical Iced Tea. Literally tea with ice. Don't expect the usual sweet iced tea other restaurants serve.
Pumpkin Soup (?) - Can't identify this soup. Will return and ask what this is.
Cucumber with Vinaigrette [ Php 100.00 ]
An appetizing appetizer. Serves its' purpose, right?
Tofu with Preserved Egg [ Php 120.00 ]
Not as good as the Japanese Tofu but it was unique. Topped with nuts (not sure what kind) with Century eggs by the side.
Hainan Boneless Chicken [ Php 450.00 ]
I loved this! Very tasty for a simple white chicken. Don't miss this.
Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao [ Php 158.00 ]
Their chef was very good as the skin was thin but the soup was contained. It's very hard to make Xiao Long Bao with the soup inside. Crystal Jade's Xiao Long Bao is better though.
Crab Roe and Pork Xiao Long Bao [ Php 198.00 ]
This is delicious and unique. Better than Crystal Jade's Xiao Long Bao
Pork Pan Fried Dumplings [ Php 190.00 ]
Lengthwise dumplings with soup inside (?) not sure if it was soup or oil but it was delicious. I love Chinese food specially dimsums!
Black Pepper Beef on Iron Plate [ Php 360.00 ]
Chicken and Mushroom on Rice in Clay Pot [ Php 380.00 ]
I still like Le Ching's Chicken Mushroom rice better.
Baked Red Bean and Sago Pudding [ Php 120.00 ]
It was my first time to try such so I have nothing to compare it with. When ordering this, ask for milk and mix it with Milk to make it more yummy.
Here's the photo I took, Lugang Cafe's food and drink menu:
Looks can be deceiving as the prices do not reflect the ambiance inside.A must try restaurant! Look's like Crystal Jade has a neighboring competitor. More photos to come as I am sure to return any time soon to try out more of their menu.
116 Connecticut St. Northeast Greenhills
San JuanMetro Manila
Telephone Number: 721-9100 ; 570-9011