Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dinner at MakanMakan Asian Food Village

After a sweat-inducing brisk walk at the Quirino Grandstand and Rizal Park grounds, Edwin and I had a good dinner in one of the restaurants housed inside the Manila Ocean Park. The name of the place is Makan Makan Asian Food Village. It serves delightful Asian dishes at reasonable prices. Name it, and they surely have it.


As soon as we got a table and was asked by the waiter what our order would be, Edwin and I settled for two dishes: Seafood Pad Thai (P165) and Nasi Lemak (P165). The pad thai is a personal favorite while the Nasi Lemak is something that I've long wanted to try just because I heard it's the national dish of Malaysia.

Our food and drinks arrived longer than we expected. There were only four tables occupied that night; I wonder what made the service quite slow. Anyway, I was glad to know the food didn't disappoint. The freshly-cooked Pad Thai was very good! There was no umay factor with this one. The flavors were a clean mix of sweet, salty, sour and spicy. It also had a generous load of shrimps and squid which we appreciated. I silently hoped they put a lot of bean sprouts, though. Haha.


Edwin's Nasi Lemak was a complete meal. It had a cup of coconut milk steamed rice, some fried dried anchovies, a slice of hard-boiled egg topped with some red, oily sauce (that looked like chili-garlic sauce to me!), some cucumber slices, and a potato patty. I liked the crispy and lightly-seasoned chicken. All in all, it was okay but nothing exceptional.


While Edwin had a regular Coke (P40) to wash down the food in his tummy, I went for a familiar drink with a twist -- Kalamansi Sour Plum (P50). It was just kalamansi juice with a piece of orange-colored sour plum. This drink was surprisingly good. I thought the sour plum gave the drink a unique flavor. And color, too. Cool.


MakanMakan Asian Food Village has cozy interiors with a cosmopolitan feel to it. After a little inquiry with the waiter, I learned that the place opens from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. for breakfast, closes from 10:01 to 11:00 a.m. and goes back to business from 11:01 a.m. to 9:00 pm.



Did I mention they have an open kitchen where guests can see how their food are cooked? I think that's a plus factor, a great way to attract more diners, especially the foodie ones.


We are definitely going back to Makan Makan Asian Food Village to try more Asian dishes! I'm taking a mental note now of the food I'll order next time. :)


Makan Makan Asian Food Village
2/F Manila Ocean Park Mall

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  1. The Seafood Pad Thai looks yum! You should try their Char Kway Teow!

    See our post at http://reservedfortwo.blogspot.com/2012/01/makan-makan-asian-food-village.html :)

  2. Really? Okay, will do when we get back there some time. I love Char Kway Teow! I have tried an authentic one in Kuala Lumpur last year and it was really bursting with flavors. :)

  3. Ohhh! Cool! I tried one in Singapore and finished one order on my own!


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