To say that my father loves Chinese cuisine is an understatement. I grew up in a household where spring rolls, dumplings, and noodles were staples on any occasion and these would be the first choices from the menu when eating out. We ate at Chinese restaurants so often that when JR and I started dating, I would tell him to take me anywhere else to grab a bite. However, when he introduced me to Lam Tin Tea House around six years ago, I made an exception.
Among the rows of auto shops along Banawe Avenue, you’ll find this humble restaurant. It doesn’t look much from outside. But once you enter, you’ll be surprised at the number of people enjoying their meals. Expect to wait for a table, especially on weekends.
It’s best to go there as a large group since they offer generous servings at an affordable price.
The Yang Chow Fried Rice (large) can be shared by six to eight people. A variety of vegetables, meat, scrambled eggs, and shrimp are mixed together with the rice. They don’t skimp on shrimp unlike other restaurants.
Yang Chow Fried Rice (Large) – P270. Also available in Small and Medium
Their Lemon Chicken is one of the reasons why we keep coming back. I just can’t get enough of the bite-sized chicken tossed in a sweet and tangy, lemon sauce!
Lemon Chicken – P230
If you don’t fancy chicken, they have several other delectable dishes to choose from. Here are some of our favorites:
Beef Broccoli – P230. Flavorful slices of beef paired with tender-crisp broccoli
Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet – P210. Lightly-fried fish fillet in a perfectly-balanced sweet and sour sauce
Pork Asado – P210. Pork slices glazed with a mildly sweet sauce
Tausi Fish Fillet – P210. Lightly-fried fish fillet with salted black soybeans
The Noodle Feast, Lam Tin’s signature dish is a must-try. Flat noodles are topped with pork, sliced beef, and dumplings then covered in a semi-sweet sauce.
Noodle Feast – P250
Lam Tin will always have a special place in our hearts (and tummies). Many of our birthdays and family gatherings have been celebrated there. JR was so confident with the food that he even brought my parents there when he asked for my hand in marriage. Maybe he thought that taking my father out for his favorite cuisine would help increase his chance of getting my father’s blessing. Obviously, it worked! Well played, Mr. Mortel, well played.
Disclaimer: We paid for our own meal in writing this review. The opinions expressed are entirely based on our experience.
Lam Tin Tea House
#30-U Banawe St. Cor Cuenco St. Brgy Sto. Domingo Quezon City, Philippines (map)
Opening hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Contact Numbers: (02) 7080989, (02) 7080990
Facebook: Lam Tin
Reservations are accepted.
They also opened a newer branch along E. Rodriguez
Lam Tin Tea House (E. Rodriguez branch)
#59 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave, Quezon City, Metro Manila (map)
Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM