My siblings and I were scouting for a good restaurant to hold our parents’ 30th wedding anniversary and our feet led us to our first food tasting at Great Eastern Hotel at Makati Avenue – at Aberdeen Court (Makati).
The restaurant specializes in Chinese cuisine which the restaurant have carefully arranged into set menu packages for easier selection. We chose Set6 of the packages.
The service is wonderful and the seat was cozy however, it wouldn’t be advisable for someone of a larger body frame. The function room is not bad but everything to be done on the occasion has to be planned prior. There are charges involved with various activities/rental/corkage, etc… The food was good but not as authentic or unique as we had hoped.
Crab Meat in Fresh Mushroom Soup
This is a bland soup with mushroom bits, crab meat and egg whites. I find that it’s too thin and watery rather than a bit thick or stocky. In spite of that, the warm soup was a good start. The kids enjoyed it for some reason and well, actually put the bowl out in spite of the other viands available.
This viand was an upgrade as prescribed by my beloved sister in place of the Beef with Four Vegetables viand on the set menu. This one is pretty tender and sweet, a tasty treat for someone as hungry as us. It should be eaten while it’s still a bit hot rather than taken after trying all the rest of the viands, I should know because it was already too late when I found out.
This is a classic amongst set menus. I’ve often eaten this at occasions that rendered Chinese food. My brother found this dish pretty salty and that the meat is not as juicy and tasty. I find this one pretty good and unique though. My brother is right but I find that the strongest point of the dish. Unlike most Patatim dish, this one has a watery sauce, a bit salty but just right to match the meat’s soft and tender parts. I find it better served with plain rice rather than the fried rice the set menu came with.
Lapu-Lapu Fillet in Corn Sauce
This one is not very appropriate to the menu. Well, it would have been more Chinese to find a fish fillet with tofu or a hotpot but this is here. The fish seemed to be toasted although the corn sauce was pretty good. This would be better with plain rice.
Was it just me or it almost always is a click amongst kids? Chicken tastes almost the same to me at all restaurants but what’s good about this one is the sauce isn’t catsup and that the meat is not dry. The skin, which the kids are fighting over for, was pretty crunchy and the usual crackers on the side is not bad. Pretty thick crackers that seemed to be different from the crackers you buy outside of churches or the groceries.
This is an upgrade in replacement of the Sesame Shrimp on Toast dish on the set. We didn’t have any vegetables on the menu because we had the Beef with Four Vegetables replaced so we had to change one of the viands to vegie dish and this is what we have. This is one of the few dishes that my brother and I agreed to be really good. Special Chopsuey is often full of vegetables but this dish is also full of various types of meat, which brought out the tasty sauce. What I like about this dish is I know it has been stir-fried on a hot wok. The vegetables are very crunchy and the sauce compliments the taste rather than add flavor. Vegetables are unusually, very bland, but with this dish, you’ll appreciate vegetables all the more.
Mixed Meats Chow Mien
I know that Chow Mien is supposed to taste like this but I find that it lacks authenticity, meat and color. My brother found it salty and the kids didn’t like it that much. This dish reminded me of something instant.
Aberdeen Fried Rice
Rice is rice, whatever you do but Aberdeen Court placed a twist by adding a little flavor and color. What’s good about this is the rice isn’t sticky and that it’s neither too bland or too salty. The kids ate a bunch.
Sweet Sesame Balls
I could have sworn I took a picture of this one but I can’t find it. This is a really good end to the food tasting experience. Even the kids took a bite of the butchi. What’s good about this is the sesame seeds have a little flavor that makes the bite on the ball a bit crunchy and tasty than usual. The filling is not too sweet and just right to “cleanse” the tongue of all the food taken for the day.
I was ultimately stuffed with this half-table set-up and was utterly convinced that even though the entire menu wasn’t perfect, it is good enough of an experience and is worth a shot. The set menu prices range from Php1000 onwards, depending on the number of people per table and the menu chosen. Ours started as Php2800 but since we upgraded a couple of dishes, we had to add a few more hundreds. The price is just about right.
It was the 12% VAT and the SC that’s a bummer. But the hotel service is very good, I guess it’s just fair.