Zao Vietnamese Bistro in Eastwood Mall
Budget : ~Php400 per person
Duration : 1-2 hours
Bummers : food is expensive and the portions are really small
Nomnom Rating : 3/5
Authentic Vietnamese cuisine that comes for a price at Zao Vietnamese Bistro..
A friend recommended that I try Zao Vietnamese Bistro however, he immediately warned me not to expect a lot in terms of the serving portions.
So, I didn’t but still I got disappointed. Also, this is one of the restos that I have tried that sold a cup of rice in exchange for gold – a cup of plain rice for a whopping Php65! Rice people like me will certainly think twice to order another cup even if we badly want to.
The Zao Satay Platter (Php345) was recommended to us by the person who took our order when we asked for their bestseller. It is a platter of 2 pieces of each – beef, chicken, pork, and shrimp satay (satay-barbecue) lying on a bed of lettuce. It comes with vinegar and grated carrot salad.
I was a bit curious of this dish so I got the Shaking Beef (Php385). Shaking beef is a dish consisting of soft slices of beef cooked rare with tomatoes and onions with lettuce at the bottom.
It was also a little annoying that every time we asked if a certain dish was good before ordering, the waitress who served us kept ending with the comment, “Ah, maliit lang po yan” (The serving is just small). It seems like she is implicitly telling us to order more.
I am not a fan of Vietnamese food that is why I was not truly amused by the food. On a different note, the quality of their food is good, the meat is soft which proves that it is of high quality. If you are a Vietnamese food fanatic who is willing to shed some serious dough for food, Zao Vietnamese Bistro is a great place to go to. But if you are not into Vietnamese food and you are a little tight on the budget, maybe you should try a different resto.
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