You won’t miss this restaurant along E Rodriguez Ave. in Quezon City. At night, Lam Tin Tea House has a well-lighted and attractive exterior, however, the décor inside is a bit disappointing. Actually, it is reminiscent of those very successful Chinese restaurants in Binondo where you only go to eat good food and pay no attention about ambiance. The food here, though, is really tasty, it’s like having authentic Binondo-style Chinese cuisine. I detected a very modest sprinkling of MSG – perhaps a dash only but my friend did not detect any.
Lam Tin Tea House
Address: #59 E. Rodriguez Ave. (between Cordillera and Banawe Sts.), Tatalon, Quezon City
Contact Nos: +63 2 256-9317 and +63 2 230-2282
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Lam-Tin-Tea-House-164018220297891/
There is a guard that overlooks the limited and “managed” parking space, meaning, you may be interrupted anytime to move your vehicle.
Pork Siomai – PHP 85.00
We started our culinary tour with our favorite pork Siomai (four pieces). So what’s so special about their siomai that you should you order it? It is meaty and soft – a good example of real Chinese comfort food. One order was not enough for me.
Fish Fillet with Corn Sauce – PHP 230.00
One of their specialties is Fish Fillet with Corn Sauce (serves 2-3 people). After adding about three drops of chili sauce to the bowl, this dish was “gone in 60 seconds”. Simply delicious!! Slices of crème dory fish with a batter fried to a crisp, this dish had some butter and egg drop on its really thick sauce which is usually smothered onto the hot rice. This dish is a winner. It is uncomplicated and really tasty.
Plain Pata – PHP 175.00
Plain Pata (serves 2-3 people) is a dish found in most Chinese and Filipino restaurants but their version is delightfully special – served piping hot, the pata is really tender and the skin (the nemesis of people who are hypertensive, like me) is just sinfully yummy. One must have enough self-control over this dish.
Pork Spareribs Rice – PHP 125.00
Another all-time favorite is Pork Spareribs Rice: a “rice topping” dish where the pork is cooked to its maximum tenderness. Seasoned with a drop of chili sauce, this dish really perked-up our appetite.
All throughout our dinner, I had to remind myself from time to time that we were here for the food and nothing else. Service really suffers when the resto gets full packed. Drinks were brought to our table from the waiter’s hand and not on a tray. The staff were talking as if we were not around. Ooops! But if you like delicious Chinese comfort food, “Binondo Style”, then this is the place to be. Lam Tin leaves you “wanting” for more!
Just so you may be guided, Lam Tin is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 10pm and on Sundays from 8am-10pm. Here is their menu (grabbed from their Facebook page) …