It's such an irony that I don't usually get to try or go to the establishments around the area of our house even if they're just nearby. Maybe because they're not much attention-grabbing or I'm just so matipid!
So recently, I tried to break that "tradition" and finally stopped by Panciteria Lido Cocina Tsina at New Manila / E. Rodriguez to buy food for myself and my dad.
Upon entering, I was greeted by a friendly staff who immediately assisted me to a table and gave a menu. While the place had some guests since it was lunch time, the place remained relatively quiet - a great place to read up and eat at the same time.
All along, I really thought that this place's best-seller is pancit or noodles. I find it so funny that I was actually wrong - a revelation that I never really read the advertisements around that place. Hello, you can't blame me because their name says pancit!
Since my mind is already eyeing on eating noodles, I ordered their Chami Special and their home grown Pugon Roasted Asado.
Chami Special comes in two sizes - Solo for individual consumption and Mucho for 2 to 3 persons. I got the Mucho size, which costs Php195.00. The chunky noodles come with pork, veggies, and some seafood. It tastes well, but I feel it's kinda overcooked.
Aside from Chami Special, they also have Miki Bihon, Pancit Canton, and Bihon Guisado. If Chami wasn't their specialty, I would've ordered the Canton or Bihon, since I like my noodles thinner. Anyway, that's another reason to come back next time.
Panciteria Lido says they are the home of Pugon Roasted Asado. It costs Php267.00 for 1/4 kilo of asado, which is mostly available in Chinese restaurants. Unlike other establishments, their asado was more of the meat than the fats, which I really liked.
Tasting it, I felt that the white meat lacked flavor, as most of it were on the edges of the piece of asado. I also questioned myself if asado in pugon should really not be hot, because these asado pieces weren't even warm. Good thing they had the sweet sauce as a dip. It made made the asado tasteful and delicious.
They have an ongoing promotion, as pictured above, in the form of a loyalty card. There are 4 sections with 5 dishes each. When you complete each section, they'll treat you with a cup of coffee. And once you complete all sections, you'll get Php400.00 gift certificates.
With the two viands I ordered, it was 3.5 stars over 5. I am definitely going back to try more their food. They have tons of offerings such as rice toppings, breakfast meals, seafoods, vegetables, mami, confee, and desserts. They have various sizes for different needs too. Give it a try!
Panciteria Lido Cocina Tsina
New Manila Branch
Ground Floor, The Capital Towers, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue,
New Manila, Quezon City (Across Trinity College)