The House of Bawai
The House of Bawai gives off a unique feel with its decoration and ambiance. Inside, the management has the discretion in closing the curtains for an entirely private party, or simply providing an idle view of the people milling around on the outside. The staff are all friendly and welcoming, although attentiveness is sometimes an issue because there are not enough of them to man the tables.
At first, the restaurant seems a bit too fancy for the normal customer, but they serve a huge bowl of aromatic, delicious pho gha for only P335, which can be shared between four people, easily. One of my favorite appetizers would be the goi cuon, six-pieces of fresh spring rolls that definitely make me feel ready for the main course for P240. Depending on the size of your party, your budget would range from P200-P600.
All in all, I would rate the House of Bawai with a 9/10, just because they are sometimes a bit slow in noticing a table is calling for another order.
Kenji Tei Ramen House
Kenji Tei Ramen House seemed like yet another Japanese restaurant that serves mediocre Japanese food, but I was proven wrong when I entered. The smell was distinct, true to the nature of their cuisine, and their open kitchen assured me that the food was hygienic and well-prepared. Even the interior of the restaurant exclaimed “classy”. The service was often quick, aside from food preparations but only because everything was newly cooked.
Their menu is a bit pricey, with a 3-piece order for ebi tempura at P295, without rice. I personally love their gyudon at P310, which has a very strong, explosive taste in my mouth. For one person, a safe budget would be around P1,000 if you want to taste a lot of their dishes.
I give Kenji Tei Ramen House an approval rating of 10/10. The staff is great, the food is delicious, and the ambiance is orderly but homely.
The Old Spaghetti House
The Old Spaghetti House used to be an old favorite of mine, simply because their meatball spaghetti (P215) was absolutely divine every single time I went there. Now, this is their new branch in Solenad 3, Nuvali, and I can tell a lot has changed in this branch. First of all, the atmosphere does not have that same kind of warm, home-cooked feel because of the colors they used in the interior. The furniture they employed also does not suggest closeness, as opposed to their Paseo de Sta. Rosa branch that had benches for the family.
For a single meal, however, you can already have your fill at P500, including drinks. They serve other pasta dishes, an assortment of entrèes that are priced at no more than P300, and offer a “Trio-Treat” promo for big parties, with an appetizer, pasta, and pizza of your choice for P745-P950.
I would give the Old Spaghetti House a 8/10 for the experience and the food, mainly because of the difference in ambiance compared to the first restaurants I mentioned.