Another interesting tidbit -- it's also managed by the same team behind Sumo Sam, Mr. Kurosawa, and John and Yoko.
Curious enough? Well, here's the low down on what's good, what's slightly off and what's salty at Johnny Chow's.
1. The decor is an experience all it's own.
Stepping inside the dining area reminds me of old Chinese restaurant scenes in those bygone Jackie Chan movies of old. High-ceilinged and full of knickknacks with a mix of Asian old world feel and contemporary pop art.
|Old world meets new charms|
2. Apple cinnamon fruit flavored tea (Php288 for a pitcher)
Ever since Tea Square kiosks closed down (why oh why?!), I have since given up hope of ever finding another place that serves tasty and refreshing apple cinnamon flavored iced tea. But me thinks I have found a contender at Johhny Chow's version!
|Apple cinnamon fruit flavored tea|
It's not too sweet and served with lots of apple bits. Yummy!
3. Complimentary nuts
Served as a complimentary starter before your meal, this small platter of sweet, boiled peanuts is just the perfect start to your gastronomical adventure.
|Complimentary nuts. Do I detect a hint of sesame oil?|
4. Sweet and sour fish fillet with lychee (Php300)
I don't exaggerate when I say my dad makes the best sweet and sour fish dish ever (shamless plug.) I've seen how he makes his version and I know what goes into it. It's basically almost the same ingredients wherever you go.
But this would be the first time I've encountered a restaurant that adds lychee to the mix. I must admit, I had a few apprehensions at first but this dish is really good. No complaints here.
|Sweet and sour fish fillet with lychee|
5. Wan chai pork asado and lechon macau (Php310)
I love pork asado but I've never been a fan of lechon macau. The latter reminds me too much of lechon kawali and believe me, I've had my fill of that dish to last me a lifetime (long story.)
Surpisingly, I enjoyed Johnny Chow's version tremendously. For one thing, it doesn't taste like lechon kawali and is not as oily and fatty. This dish comes complete with 2 different sauces but they're good enough even without it.
|Wan chai pork asado and lechon macau|
Oh! And the pork asado's perfect, too.
6. Johnny Chow fried rice (Php230)
Johnny Chow's fried rice complements their dishes to a tee. Tasty and very filling.
|Johnny Chow fried rice|
The Slightly Off
Asado crispy noodles (Php250)
Crispy noodles served with pork asado pieces and boiled egg slices. I guess the asado used in this dish came from the same batch as our wan chai order. It was delicious. However, the sauce of the noodles is just plain salty.
I couldn't help but wonder if it was done on purpose since it will be used to sauce up dry fried noodles. Go figure.
1. Emperor wenzong chicken (Php330)
Emperor wenzong chicken is a crispy asian chicken dish served with sweet barbeque sauce with a lychee and cucumber salad.
|Emperor wenzong chicken|
The sauce was ok but the chicken was too salty. Enough said.
2. Salt and pepper spareribs (Php325)
I've never been a fan of this dish even at other restaurants. They're just too spicy for my taste. However, at Johnny Chow's, it was the opposite -- not spicy but too salty.
|Salt and pepper spareribs|
Johnny Chow has a few misses but a lot of really good hits. I'd definitely dine there again if only to have a sip of their Apple cinnamon tea.
2nd Floor, Newport Mall
Resorts World Manila
T (+63 2) 659 8353