Zao Vietnamese Bistro at Shangri-La Plaza Mall

Hubby wanted so much to explore the restaurants located in the East Wing of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, so that’s where we went last Saturday. We ended up having lunch at the elegant and cozy Zao Vietnamese Bistro. We ordered Barbecue Spareribs, Zao’s Crispy Lapu-Lapu, Jasmine Rice and two iced tea variants: Tamarind and Lychee.

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Barbecue Spareribs, Php315.00

These Barbecue Spareribs were moist, tender and tasty. One look at that pork fat and you’d know that it’s oozing with flavor, but I simply had to stick to the part that’s lean so that my LDL (bad cholesterol) level would not shoot up. Lol! We all liked this. I couldn’t get enough of those veggies, too!

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Zao’s Crispy Lapu-Lapu, Php900.00 (Php180.00 per 100 grams)

We tried Zao’s Crispy Lapu-Lapu which was one of their bestsellers. This is deep-fried lapu-lapu with sweet and salty sauce cooked the Vietnamese way. If the Barbecue Spareribs were good, this one’s even better. The lapu-lapu was fried to perfection. The outside was crunchy, but the inside was soft and juicy, and it was nicely enhanced by Zao’s signature sweet and salty sauce. You must try this! Our son, who was quite meticulous about his food, candidly blurted out how the food he’s eating (both the Barbecue Spareribs and Zao’s Crispy Lapu-Lapu) were delicious, and we agree.

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Tamarind Iced Tea and Lychee Iced Tea, Php115.00 each

Father and son had Tamarind Iced Tea, which was refillable. Our young man liked it a lot, while his Dad said he wanted a stronger tamarind taste. My Lychee Iced Tea, on the other hand, was very light and mildly sweet.

We had good food, nice ambience and great customer service at Zao Vietnamese Bistro, and we hope to be back soon.

Zao Vietnamese Bistro
5/F, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall
Mandaluyong City

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5 Responses to Zao Vietnamese Bistro at Shangri-La Plaza Mall

  1. Seems kind of pricey, I thought it was something like Pho Hoa.

  2. kikaysikat says:

    It’s nice to discover a new viet resto in town besides pho Im curious to try the crispy lapulapu dish as I love anything crispy

  3. Hana says:

    The price was the first thing I noticed, too. Crispy Lapu-Lapu for 900 seems kinda steep, but the Barbecue Spare Ribs was priced alright.

  4. Edel says:

    That lapu-lapu is expensive! But since you all enjoyed the meal, I guess that’s okay. 🙂

  5. MrsMartinez says:

    My family and I had lunch there but was not able to try their drinks. I will definitely try the Tamarind Iced Tea on my next visit.

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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