November 24, 2011
In my recent trip to the U.S., I found out that when people crave Chinese food they either go to a quick serve Panda Express or to one of the most popular American Chinese restaurant chains there -- P.F. Chang's China Bistro.
P.F. Chang's, with its modern Asian ambiance, is like the Friday's of Chinese restos, accented with huge Chinese decor and artifact replicas.
I saw the restaurant's logo in one of the boarded-up construction sites in BGC. Are they finally opening a P.F. Chang's branch in Manila? I asked a few people in the foodie community and got confirmation about its opening.
Here is our P.F. Chang's experience in California...
P.F. Chang's is definitely not a quaint, little Chinese resto. This chic-looking bistro restaurant has a bar set-up and dim mood lighting at night. It is a favorite hangout for family gatherings and bonding with friends.
Starters, Soup & Salads, Lunch Traditions
Chicken & Duck, Beef, Pork & Lamb, Seafood
Noodles, Miens & Rice, Vegetarian Plates, Sides, Gluten Free Menu
Specialty Cocktails, Sake, Asian Wine, Beer, and Tea & Coffee
Sparkling, White and Red Wines
Signature Desserts and Dessert Cocktails
One of the best sellers is their Salt & Pepper Calamari. The food is good, but more on the safe side and clean-tasting without any overpowering flavors.
I liked this refreshing concoction. We were told that it is made in-house daily.
Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps ($7.95). Our signature appetizer. Wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks and served with cool crisp lettuce cups.
Another P.F. Chang's favorite. The lettuce wraps were pleasantly not too oily and had just the right flavor.
The Kung Pao Chicken was not too sweet and not that spicy. I prefer my Kung Pao with a lot more oily peanuts, spicy chilis, and flavorful scallions, though.
The Great Wall of Chocolate Mini Dessert ($2.25). Six rich layers of frosted chocolate cake topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, served with fresh berries and raspberry sauce.
Tiramisu Mini Desserts ($2.25).
The desserts were not memorable at all. But I do remember thinking that they were really sweet.
Overall, I liked P.F. Chang's ambiance and attentive service, and the fact that our Chinese favorites were available there. It's good that they also support special dietary needs with their vegetarian offerings and gluten-free menu specials.
It can be considered a safe, reliable restaurant choice. However, I find the taste a bit safe and "Americanized".
I'm not really excited about the opening but I'm curious if P.F. Chang's will be as successful as the Friday's chain in Manila. Do you think its concept will work locally?
Best of luck to P.F. Chang's in Manila!
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
San Jose, California
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals. We are not connected with the owners or any organization promoting P.F. Chang's in Manila.
P.S. Please share if you heard anything about its opening and who's bringing it to the Philippines. Thanks! :)