For four weeks now, we’ve been going to Mr. Choi Kitchen for our Chinese food fix.
No, he’s not a family friend. Nor is he our family cook (though I wish!!). I don’t even know who Mr. Choi is, or if he is a real person. But this I know – Mr. Choi Kitchen at Robinsons Galleria is our current favorite restaurant!
Patchy and VGood delighting over the huge bowl of Cheesy Baked Rice
My girls are crazy over Baked Fish Fillet Rice with Cheesy Sauce (which I attempted to copy last week) and Soy Chicken. They could finish one huge bowl of cheesy baked rice by themselves! My favorites are Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs, Hot Prawn Salad and Steamed Fish Fillet with Garlic. Hub, on the other hand, loves all of the above… plus Mapo Tofu, Shrimp Wanton Noodle Soup, and half of the menu… hehe
What kept me going back is the fact that their food has no MSG. I’m very sensitive to MSG – just a bit of it will cause a migraine attack. And, in the same manner as Bill Bixby said his line, I say: You won’t like me when I have migraine. 😛 So far, I haven’t experienced an attack right after eating there. So I suppose their claim is true. Nate, who has eczema, is also allergic to MSG.
Except for once when the waiter forgot to relay one of our orders to the kitchen (and this happened at the branch in Robinsons Pioneer), our over-all experience at Mr. Choi is good. The ambience and minimalistic interiors aren’t shabby. Service is quite speedy, the place is clean and the staff accommodating. During lunchtime on weekends, the place could fill up pretty fast. So get there before the lunch crowd comes in. Prices are reasonable too – our average bill is never above Php1,200 ( about USD27) for a happily satisfied family of four!
I don’t know how long this affair will last. Too often, restaurants start good, then the quality and service start to wane. Or the menu becomes boring. Naturally, that’s when the affair dies. I hope this one does not die too fast.
Steamed Lapu-Lapu Fillets with Garlic. Fried Squid with Spicy Vinegar Dip (I’m not so crazy about it)
Hot Shrimp Salad. Soy Chicken with Ginger Oil Dip. Salt and Pepper Spareribs (so tender, done just right!)