I have known about Dainty since I was a toddler and had grown up seeing this restaurant on almost everyday commute. It was only when I was in my college years that I enjoyed it sumptuous dishes. It is still intact in my memory when my college group went to visit Dainty for a lunch celebration after we passed on one of our major school requirements. Hence, whenever I dine here, good memories and good food are what I instantly associate with Dainty.
Now, I am back again with Dainty, to review its dishes – never in my life that I was served this plenty of food – all good food!
My all time favorite – Egg Foo Yeung – is of same quality even after a decade of trying it. The quality on how the egg is cooked with a superb mix of meat and that unforgettable savory sauce – truly bursting with flavor.
The Dainty Style Fried Rice comes with hefty portions of meat and vegetable mix, making it actually a complete meal, and is heavy in the tummy. The same quality and taste still remains.
The Steamed Lapu Lapu in Oyster Sauce came in surprise – from what I thought to be quite salty, became to have a balanced saltiness and umami flavors. The fish meat is tender and tasty and you can actually fillet it using chopsticks.
Let’s go with the dumplings – they are steamed to perfection and full in meaty flavor. The Siopao bun is soft and moist, and the filling really flavorful. The dumplings do not have that usual taste of flour, but that meaty flavor.
The Spinach Seafood Soup may look deceiving of its unusual color – mossy green – but hey! it’s actually the other way around – the perfect blend of the spinach and seafood flavor is a real feast on the taste buds making you to scoop more.
According to Ms. Brenda Mitchell, one of the dishes they want you to try is the Sisig Squid. Because of the squids natural bland color, the dish may not be that inviting – wait until they pour the sauce! As the smoke from the sizzling platter carrying the perfect mix of squid, chicken liver, onion and butter aroma would get the attention of your hunger center in your brain – triggering that salivating action in your mouth. To share, actually writing about this makes my mouth really water and tummy go rumbling. Who would not like the famous sisig but this time, meat of the sea – squid? I would say, visit Dainty and give this one a try I you have not yet.
The Special Lumpia comes in crispy fried wrappers and filling mix of meat and fresh vegetables. Don’t forget its partner dip to enjoy that classic taste of the spring rolls and sweet sour sauce.
Upon serving, I tried to sniff the Hototay Soup, the aroma is heaven! It is my first time to try it and it is worth it. The soup base is not salty, but tasty and has umami and savory flavors.
Crispy Fried Noodles – You have to consume this promptly upon serving and do not wait for the sauce make the crunchy noodles go soggy. The aroma and flavors are of nice blend! The vegetables are crunchy and not overcooked.
The crunchy and fresh lettuce wrappers is a good pair with its filling! Tried it with cucumber slices, and that mix of veggie crunch and meaty texture is a pleasure on the taste buds.
The Cold Cuts, not the usual cured meats, but consists of pork, chicken and other meats – plus slices of century egg. I tried the chicken cuts, which is really tender and the century egg, which I rarely eat. A must try!
What I thought is a plain breading, The Pekyok Shrimp came in a surprise – huge shrimps wrapped with tasty breading. The crunch and tender shrimps would make you to order more.
After enjoying those flavorful dishes, try their refreshing shakes! I tried the Green Mango – its sourness is a good mix with the sugar base. Highly recommended.
The Dainty Restaurants is a well known restaurant in Urban Angeles area where family and friends celebrate something special. It is still dubbed as one of the best Chinese inspired restaurant in Pampanga throughout decades. It is where locals also feed their cravings of authentic and savory chinese food. As of today, many generations from Baby Boomers to the Millennials, all are enjoying its quality service and excellent dishes. The restaurant has branches in Angeles City, in Nepo Center area, Balibago area and soon in SM City Clark (as of time of posting).