Update: This restaurant has closed for business.
Syd’s Kitchen is one of those unassuming eating places on Banawe Street in Quezon City. It’s tiny, with only a few tables. The menu is concise and, at first glance, seemingly unimpressive.
But wait until your orders arrive. Unlike most typical Chinese eating places, Syd’s Kitchen goes to great lengths with presentation. I understood why when I found out that Chef Sydney Sy came from Shangri-La Boracay.
The first time we went there, Syd’s Kitchen was just two months old. So we had to wait patiently for our food to come. I guess by now, the kitchen would have gotten into the groove, and service should be faster already.
These are our favorite appetizers: Savoury Meatballs with tangy dipping sauce (P120); Crunchy Five-spice Pork Rolls with sweetish sauce (P150); and Shrimp Wanton Poppers with tangy peanut-based sauce (P180). Lookie at the shot glasses and bamboo serving boards!
Some of Syd’s Kitchen’s main dishes below, clockwise from left to right:
Fish Fillet XO with Tofu (P350); Asian Glazed Roast Pork (P170); Spicy Chicken Yellow Curry (P350); Sweet Chili Prawns (P400). Lookie at the unusual serving silverware!
The Asian Glazed Roast Pork is Syd’s version of asado. I generally dislike asado – the cold-cuts type, those pieces of pork that you see hanging from racks alongside smoked ducks and chickens – because there’s something in the way they smell that I don’t like. It kinda brings me back to the Human Anatomy Lab of my college days… ‘Nuff said.
Back to Syd’s asado version… It’s perfectly done – tender, flavorful, moist, and has none of the iffy asado taste/smell that I dislike.
We’ve also tried Twice-cooked Pork Belly with Buns (P220) – Syd’s version of the traditional Chinese humba with mantou. Syd’s melt-in-your-mouth, flavorful liempo cut is delightful – fat and rich, but not too much. (Parang ako lang… hehehe.)
Basically, Syd’s Kitchen offers all our favorite Chinese dishes, but updated them with modern twists.
These food photos were taken when hub and I brought my parents and sister along with our kids to Syd’s for lunch. The bill came under P2,000 – not bad for a party of 9 people with big appetites!
Syd’s Kitchen is at 847 Banawe Street corner Linao Street, Quezon City, on the same building as Chef Robert’s and Cantonese Soup Kitchen. Telephone number: (632) 4148026.