We went for an early dinner last Saturday and we decided to try Lugang’s Feast-All-You-Can 2018. This eat-all-you-can deal is only P598/person, with 10% service charge. Add P30 for unlimited iced tea. I asked, you can’t change this into hot tea instead. They don’t provide service tea.
The promo runs from May 2 – June 2, 2018 every day EXCEPT SUNDAYS. It is available all day, there is no time limit nor any time restriction.
LUGANG CAFE O SQUARE
We went to the Greenhills branch, which is now located in O Square. The old Lugang was along Annapolis St, but it’s now moved to O Square, in front of the new Unimart at the Greenhills Shopping Center.
This branch is smaller than the old Lugang. It still looks nice, but looks more “fast food” because of the table arrangement rather than the more opulent setting of the old branch.
So here are the mechanics for the Feast-All-You-Can. There are only 4 kinds of dimsum included. You can only choose one of the House Specialties per person.
We ordered one of each of the 4 dimsums:
Pork Xiao Long Bao and Angled Loofah and Shrimp Xiao Long Bao. The one that looks like it has a bit of green inside it is the angled loofah xlb (left side).
Vegetarian Dumpling with Truffle Oil (left) and Vegetable and Pork Dumpling (right):
Vietnam Egg Rolls – Vietnamese-style spring rolls that are fried, has a lot of glass noodles and egg inside.
Tofu with Preserved Egg and Pork Floss – nice, soft tofu with a sweet oyster-sauce based sauce, some crunchy pork floss, and a century egg. I would order this again if I go back.
Pineapple Shrimp with Crullers – my favorite of the appetizers we tried. It is very similar to a hot salad. Sweet pineapple, mayonnaise, and shrimp cruller. The shrimp cruller is like a soft kikiam, but made with shrimp. Will definitely order this again next time.
For our House Specialties, we ordered the Peking Duck Wrap and the Salted Egg Prawns.
Wow, the Peking Duck Wrap was a bigger dish than I expected, with 5 pcs of wraps! I kind of wished they had served it unwrapped, and we could wrap it ourselves. I wanted mine to have more green onions and hoisin sauce.
The Salted Egg Prawns were delicious! It has a really strong salted egg yolk flavor and is buttery.
Refillable iced tea:
We were planning to do a Round 2 but by the time we finished eating all of this, we were just too full! The table beside us ordered the Sweet & Sour dishes and they smelled so good… hmm.. next time.
The soup of the day was Cream of Corn Soup, I forgot to take a pic. When we asked for our bill, they asked us if we wanted our free ice cream. Of course, yes. Hahaha. They gave us one scoop each. The ice cream is okay, too much water held together by gum (xanthan gum?), but it’s free…
LUGANG CAFE FEAST-ALL-YOU-CAN 2018: SULIT OR NOT?
How many xiao long baos can you eat? 😀
In terms of eating dishes that cumulatively are worth more than the P598 they charge, yes, indeed, it is very sulit!
The House Specialties alone, if ordered separately, I think would already cost more than half of the P598 price.
However, I think it’s better to have more people in the group to share the different dishes. There were only 2 of us dining, and each order of dimsum we got had 5 pcs. I started to hate the Angled Loofah XLB already because J ate most of the pork XLB, not realizing we had 2 different XLBs in the same basket. Since there’s a no leftover policy, I ended up eating 4 of the angled loofah XLBs and only one pork XLB 🙁 I wanted to order another round of pork XLB, but I was too full.
The other dumplings (Vegetarian with Truffle & Veg and Shrimp) were delicious, but I quickly grew tired of them, and they were heavy. If I eat one, I’m good, but if I had to eat 3, medyo nakakasawa na. At the end, I felt like I we were just forcing ourselves to eat the food so that we wouldn’t have any leftovers. I didn’t even have room any more to try the fried rice or noodles or to try the dishes I had planned for Round 2. I hope they can provide smaller servings of just 2-3 pieces per order so that we can have room to try different dishes.
In terms of variety, I kinda wish they had more options for the dimsum like hakaw, or the salted egg pao. Of course, I’d suggest getting the pork xlb. Next time, I’d skip the Angled Loofah XLB – it’s filled with a cucumber-like vegetable that will just make you fuller faster. In terms of taste, it’s just meh – steamed cucumber with a bit of ground shrimp. The pork XLB was a bit too salty, but it’s still pork xlb, and it’s still the one to order out of the 4 dimsums.
The appetizers I liked were the Pineapple Shrimp with Crullers, and Tofu with Preserved Egg and Pork Floss. I wanted to get the Beijing Shredded Pork with Chinese Pancakes for Round 2, but we didn’t go for Round 2 anymore because we were soooooooo full!
So, if you’re going to try this, I suggest planning a way to maximize your orders so that you can eat the most variety of dishes and not be stuck having to eat up the dishes you have in front of you to avoid leftovers. Best to get more people to dine with you 🙂
I wish we could have tried more dishes, but all in all, it was still sulit in the sense that if you add up the prices of all the dishes we ate if ordered individually, it would be so much higher than P598/ person.
Go early because by the time we were finished with our meal, the line at the waiting area was quite long.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please feel free to leave a comment below, I love hearing from you!