Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Warrior Smash Lunch at P.F. Chang's

P.F. Chang's brings its cool take on Asian cuisine to The Fort with the recent opening of its newest location, just in time for the coming Chinese New Year celebration. And it's pretty cool seeing the familiar terracotta warriors and horses invade The Fort. 

With over 200 locations worldwide, including Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United Arab Emirates, P.F. Chang's opens its second restaurant in the metro at Bonifacio Global City. Known worldwide for its modern Asian-inspired cuisine and signature cocktails, the new location is a welcome addition to the growing number of dining establishments at The Fort.

The familiar wood interiors and terracotta sculptures give it that distinct P.F. Chang look, a blend of classic Chinese design with a modern bistro feel.  Additional dining areas at the second floor, including private function rooms, are available

P.F. Chang's recently hosted guests from the media as well as bloggers for a long lunch to sample some of the restaurant's signature dishes, and some cocktails. Very Cool.

Angela Camins, P. F. Chang's Operating Partner at The Fort, explains the different condiments and special sauces served at every table.

P.F. Chang's signature starters were then served, with the Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps arriving first.  Wok-seared minced chicken with mushrooms, green onions and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks. The fun part is loading the minced chicken to the fresh and crisp lettuce cups, then adding some chili and horseradish sauce. Off to a great start...

Dynamite Shrimps, crisp and plump shrimps covered in a rich and spicy sauce topped with green onions and served in a martini glass, a personal favorite. The cooling heat from the chili completes the rich flavor, and one bite simply leads to another. And another.

Chang's Spare Ribs, tender wok-seared pork ribs in a sweet barbecue sauce sprinkled with sesame seeds, paired with a wasabi coleslaw. The ribs were flavorful, and the wasabi coleslaw rocks!

Seared Ahi Tuna, premium sushi grade tuna with a spiced seared outer crust and a delicate pink center drizzled with mustard vinaigrette, served with a side of fresh greens. The quality and freshness of the tuna gives it a subtle sweet flavor, a taste you expect from high-end tuna.

Pork Dumplings, pan-fried for that delicious crispness, yet with the familiar soft chewiness of a good dumpling. And the sweet soy dipping sauce completes the flavors.

Shrimp with Candied Walnuts, sweet crisp shrimp with honeydew melon balls and crunchy walnuts. The combination of flavors and textures in this one dish is amazing, another personal favorite.

Fresh Honeydew Cucumber Smoothie, a cool and healthy beverage to go with the richly flavored dishes.

Cocktails with lunch? Why not. P.F. Chang's Warrior Smash, a cool cocktail blend of fresh pineapple, Hennessy Cognac and a hint of Chinese Five Spice, which really complements the rich flavors of the starters and mains. One real cool cocktail to go with lunch.

You can go for Chang's Mai Tai, another cool blend of refreshing fruit juices with rum, or the Royal Poolside. Perfect when paired with some Dynamite Shrimp and Shrimp with Wandied Walnuts.

Sichuan-Style Asparagus, wok-fried fresh asparagus with chili paste, onion and garlic, a classic vegetable stir-fry.

Chang's Spicy Chicken, tender and juicy cubes of chicken breast stir-fried in a sweet and spicy sauce, great as is or with rice.

Crab Wontons, crisp ad deep-fried, stuffed with crabmeat, red and green bell peppers, green onions, ginger and garlic, with a sweet plum sauce

Lo Mein, stir-fried egg noodles with mushrooms, bean sprouts, bok choy, carrots, celery and onions, a hearty a filling vegetable noodle dish with bold flavors.

Mongolian Beef, wok-cooked tender US Angus Beef tossed with fresh scallions and garlic, another personal favorite. 

Then,it was time for dessert. Banana Spring Rolls, crisp, sweet spring rolls served with homemade coconut pineapple-ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce...

...and the The Great Wall of Chocolate, rich and indulgent six-layered frosted chocolate cake topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips with fresh strawberry on sweet raspberry sauce. Awesome.

And check out the chocolate chip wall...

P.F. Chang's Hot Tea selections include the fragrant Moroccan Mint, fruity Singapore Sling, and Gen Mai Cha, perfect after a heavy meal.

And that was some lunch, and nothing like a Cafe Latte to cap a perfect meal. An awesome lunch, great desserts, and cool cocktails. And P.F. Chang's delivers on all three. Throw in P.F. Chang's trademark service and cool interiors for that unique dining experience, P.F. Chang's style, and you just know this one's a winner.

"Bonifacio Global City is a great mix of office, residential and commercial establishments. And P.F. Chang's has a lot to offer people who want to unwind and enjoy really good food and drinks," said Archie Rodriguez, President and CEO of Global Restaurant Concepts, the restaurant's local partner. "Our latest location makes us a top choice for after office gatherings and celebrations." Right place. Right time. P.F. Chang's hits the spot with their new location.

And it's great to see the terracotta warriors and horses finally at The Fort. Looking for some real cool happy hour cocktails? From 4pm onwards, diners can enjoy signature cocktails at only P 150-P 200 and appetizers like Spicy and crispy Green Beans, Vegetable Dumplings, Crispy Pork Wontons, Egg Rolls and the new Dragon Wings and Sichuan Chicken Flatbread at only P 100-P 175. Cool. 

P.F. Chang's is located at W Global Center, Bonifacio Global City (664-5956) and at Corte, Alabang Town Center (869-7837).

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  1. looks like you and Tetcha were in the same restaurant.:p

    the dynamite shrimps is hypnotizing.:p

    1. Hi Luna, the Dynamite Shrimp is definitely a must-try, thanks for stopping by!

  2. The pictures itself makes me feel hungry....look so delectable indeed...

    Picture pa lang ulam na ulam na :)

    Been here from Food Trip Friday #197...


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