Third in a series of reviews of the restaurants at Solaire.
Waterside Restobar is reviewed here:
Finestra is reviewed here:
Lucky Noodles, located in the Solaire hotel Casino in Paranaque, is an all-night noodle shop, with a variety of noodle dishes and dim sum bowls, located just off the High Limit gaming area:
The room at Lucky Noodles has an open layout, with a high ceiling and chefs who cook in full view of the room:
As we sat down, we each ordered a cocktail. My partner tried the Jackpot (240p), made with Drambuie, Vodka, Orange Curacao, Cloves and Cranberry juice:
I went with the Red Rizzle (220p), made with Mango, Strawberry, Vanilla and Apple, and garnished with some lemon rind and sticks of cinnamon:
Our drinks were served with a complimentary bowl of some crispy rice chips:
For our starter, we ordered the Deep Fried Wrapped Shrimp and Pork Wonton with Sweet Mayonnaise (190p), which were crunchy and zesty and fun to dip in the mayo:
We moved on to the Steamed Pork and Prawn 'Siew Mai' (240p), which were a tasty combination and quite tender from being steamed:
Next up, we tried the Steamed Pork Ribs with Black Bean (260p), but it was basically inedible, filled with tiny broken bones that made it impossible to eat without either trying to spit out the bits of bone, or tediously picking apart each piece, leaving very small scraps of meat:
Maybe this is a cultural thing, but my partner didn't like this dish anymore than I did, so we won't be trying this dish again.
I was getting thirsty at this point, so I asked for a Coke (95p):
For dessert, we went with the simple Seasonal Sliced Fruit Platter (180p), which had three slices each of watermelon, cantaloupe, and some other type of melon. My partner had never tasted cantaloupe before, so it was neat seeing the look on her face as she tasted it for the first time:
The staff was friendly and took our order quickly.
Our total bill was 1,552 pesos, which included a 127 peso service charge:
Because of our bad experience with the steamed pork ribs, we're going to reserve judgment until we've had a chance to try more of the dishes here. The Deep Fried Wonton and the "Siomai" were both tasty, the fruit platter was fresh and had something new for my partner, and our drinks were good. And we like the late operating hours, so this place deserves a second chance.
We'll probably try the "Make Your Own Noodle Bowl" dish on our next visit, since the variations on that dish make up a large part of their menu.
Excerpts from the menu: