There’s always something to look forward to in old chinese restaurants. The fact that it has been there for decades attest to its good food and Naga City is not an exception. Naga Garden Restaurant is one such diner. It has a loyal following, the food is good and the mami is a must. Add in the toasted siopao, which it claims as one of those who started it, and you’re in foodie heaven.
The first restaurant was located near Plaza Rizal in 1969 that offered pansit, siopao and mami. The founder was from Canton, China who migrated to Naga City. Now at Panganiban Drive, the interior has been updated, the restaurant fully airconditioned and it has a branch at the SM City Foodcourt. But it’s the food that is well patronized.
I remember my first visit a few years ago. It was late afternoon and I came in for a snack of a hot steaming bowl of mami paired with siopao. All I can say that both were filling and good. Worthy to be visited again and again. Early this year, together with other bloggers and from Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO), I specifically requested to have a bowl of mamai and siopao while tasting the other dishes that they have on offer for lunch.
The mami is just so good. The broth comforting. I love the firm noodles that they prepare from scratch everyday. This is from their own recipe and comes in four kinds: chicken, beef, asado and a combination. The baked siopao, at 24 pesos is bigger than the 8 pesos sold around the city and goes well with the mami.
Although I haven’t yet tasted their pansit, which they say is their specialty other than the mami, I am looking forward to try this one. Other than the regular merienda fare, they serve well loved Bicol dishes like Bicol express, laing, kinunot na pating and other lunch fare. Naga Garden Restaurant is proud to say that they have a no left over policy.
Thanx to ACTO/Naga Excursions for making this trip possible.
Naga Garden Restuarant
+63 54 881 0841
SM City Foodcourt
SM City Naga