Hainanese Delights: remembering our very first date

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Hainanese Delights is one of those restaurants that I distinctly remember, not for its outstanding food but because this is where we had our first date.

Hainanese Delights is one of those restaurants that I distinctly remember, not for its outstanding food but because this is where Khris and I had our first date. That time, we were not yet together but I invited her out to lunch. It was a Saturday afternoon and most restaurants at SM Fairview were already full so we decided to try Hainanese Delights.

Hainanese Delights restaurant review

Hainanese Delights: remembering our very first date

    Our experience at Hainanese Delights

    I never really liked Hainanese Chicken, neither do I recall ever trying it, but there was something about the place that drew me to it. A certain aroma, perhaps? Or maybe, that time, I was just craving for the taste of ginger.

    Chicken at Hainanese Delights
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    Upon entering the restaurant, the word "sanitary" immediately popped in my head. The white walls and bright lights probably contributed to this initial impression. But, no, it's not hospital-like. Otherwise, I would never have eaten here.

    Food and Taste

    Without any doubt, this restaurant specializes in Hainanese Chicken which can be had either fried or steamed. Definitely no steamed chicken for me; I never quite grew fond of eating greasy, fatty and moist chicken meat. For me, juicy chicken meat tastes raw.

    Porkchop at Hainanese Delights
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    And so I placed my order for porkchop (very safe) and my date for fish fillet. My porkchop is the regular breaded kind chopped into strips. It was crunchy and delicious although in terms of flavor, there was nothing exceptional.

    Fish fillet from Hainanese Delights
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    However, what I like about Hainanese Delights is the three kinds of dipping sauces available. I made the usual soy sauce with calamansi and added to it loads of ginger. It definitely added a dimension of flavor to the otherwise bland pork strips. By the way, rice is unlimited and will definitely satisfy those with big appetites.

    Our Verdict

    Food is actually good at Hainanese Delights, it's just that I do not like chicken. However, based on the chickens I saw being served, they looked like the authentic kinds served in other more pricey restaurants. Price is also a strong point since we spent less than Php500 for a meal for two. Service is likewise commendable at Hainanese Delights.

    Chili sauce at Hainanese Delights
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    Hainanese Delights Branches

    If you are interested to try the food at Hainanese Delights, they have branches in the following locations:

    Robinsons Place Manila

    Ground Floor, Adriatico Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
    Telephone numbers: +639333963445 and +632 85541491

    Robinsons Galleria

    Food Court, Level 1, Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas, Quezon City
    Telephone number: none

    SM City Fairview

    Lower Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City Fairview, Novaliches, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +632 89217928

    Forum Robinsons Mall

    Second Floor, Forum Robinsons Mall, Pioneer Street, Buayang Bato, Mandaluyong City
    Telephone number: none

    Robinsons Otis

    Ground Floor, Robinsons Otis, Mercedes Guazon Street, Paco, Manila
    Telephone number: +632 83535640

    Walter Mart North EDSA

    Lower Ground Floor, Walter Mart North EDSA, Project 7, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +632 87099524

    Also read: King Chef Dimsum Kitchen: a feast of authentic Chinese flavors 


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