ETHT Review: 5 Spice Restaurant
Hello there, July! And just like that, we’re in the second half of 2022. Things are finally returning to normal, and it feels so good to be able to travel and dine outside again.
Speaking of dining outside, on July 10, I had the opportunity to visit 5 Spice Restaurant, a newly opened American-Chinese restaurant in Maribago Lapu-Lapu.
Why the name, what are the specialties, and, most importantly, is the food good? All of these questions and more will be addressed in this post by Erik the Hungry Traveller:
5 SPICE RESTAURANT’S TOP 5 QUESTIONS:
Why is the restaurant called 5 SPICE ?
You’ll need a name that makes sense, has meaning, and is relevant to the brand you’re promoting, such as Erik the Hungry Traveller (I travel and eat, eat, eat a lot LOL).
Fortunately for all of you, dear readers, I was able to speak with Chef Ric Ramos, the head chef and part owner of 5 Spice.
As a result, one of my first questions about the restaurant was, “Why is it called 5 Spice?“.
According to Chinese cuisine, there are five ingredients that can elevate any dish. Star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorn, and fennel. These “5 spices” refer to the five traditional Chinese cooking elements. Each has its own distinct flavor: sweet, spicy, sour, salty, and umami. When you combine them, you get a fusion of bold, delicious, and irresistible flavors.
5 Spice Restaurant intends to adapt the concept of the five traditional Chinese spices to their American-Chinese inspired dishes. Flavors that are bold, balanced, and delicious.
What do I think of their dishes, in terms of deliciousness? Lets head over to the 2nd 5 Spice question!
How good is the food at 5 Spice Restaurant ?
Put this as the second question because, let’s face it, this is what you really want to know. Did I enjoy my dining experience at 5 Spice, or is Erik the Hungry Traveller having a meh, blah moment?
I’ve mentioned on my previous posts that I love traditional Chinese cuisine, and I’ve written about a couple of Chinese-themed restaurants I’ve visited in Cebu, Manila, and Hong Kong. Thus this makes me very credible when it comes to praising or criticizing any Chinese-themed restaurant I visit. And my verdict on 5 Spice restaurant is that… they perfectly and fluidly translated their 5 spice element concept to their cooking.
I am a straightforward guy; if I like the food, I will say so, and vice versa. What I like about 5 Spice Restaurant is that their food is right on the money. I’ve been to a few Chinese restaurants that leave you thirsty after eating their food, most likely due to too much umami and salt flavors on the dish.
The food at 5 Spice is excellent. Their Orange Lemon chicken was neither overly sweet nor overly tangy. Even for someone with my appetite, the portions were enormous. And it’s not pretentious or a knockoff of anything else on the market. It has its own set of flavors unique to the 5 Spice brand!
If 5 Spice’s Orange Lemon Chicken was good, does that mean all of their dishes are good, Erik?
Well, 5 Spice restaurant serves combo meals that combine flavors and dishes on a single plate. As a result, I was able to sample the majority of their dishes, including their 5 Spice Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, Orange Chicken, Fish Tausi, General Tso’s Chicken, Beef Meatballs, and Fried Rice.
To answer the question, all of their dishes are delicious. It was perfectly cooked; the meat was tender, and the flavors were yummy.
Are all of their dishes my favorites? Let’s be honest, I have my own preferences and there are dishes that I like more over others, but I can assure you that all of these meals are delicious.
And their fried rice is out of this world! When you order any of the combo meals priced at 198 Php for Combo A (5 Spice Chicken and Sweet & Sour Pork), Combo B (Orange Chicken & Fish Tausi), and 218 Php for Combo C (General Tso’s Chicken and Beef Meatballs). You get unlimited (yes, unlimited) fried rice. Coolness!
How is 5 Spice Restaurant’s ambiance?
I prefer to dine in peace, and when I’m with friends, I prefer to be able to talk casually with them without being distracted by the chatter of the other table.
The ambiance at 5 Spice restaurant is very neat and fresh, owing to the aesthetics of mostly white with red and grey accents and wooden panels. It’s not intimidating; rather, it exudes a casual and very modern vibe. You can also choose from a high chair table, long couches, and regular tables that are appropriately spaced to meet the needs of the post-pandemic dine-in experience.
Is 5 Spice Restaurant Erik the Hungry Traveller Endorsed?
Absolutely! The food is delicious, the ambiance is elegant, the portions are generous, and the prices are reasonable. These are the qualities I seek in any dining experience.
Getting to meet Chef Ric, the man behind the exquisite flavors of 5 Spice, and learning about the history of the restaurant was an added bonus.
Chef Ric Ramos is also the Chef Consultant at Ome Japanese Restaurant and Bamaka Restaurant. This guy is well-versed in Asian flavors and cuisine. But don’t worry, I’ll be writing more about Chef Ric and his culinary journey in the coming posts.
Spice it up at 5 Spice now!
That concludes my Erik the Hungry Traveller (ETHT) review of 5 Spice Restaurant. A dining experience ideal when craving for American – Chinese cuisine either as a solo diner, with a friend, officemate, or with family.
Their address is Lot 5230 Block 4b Datag, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. They’re also on social media; simply search for 5 Spice PH!
Until my next culinary adventure! Let us enjoy life and eat delicious food! Goodbye for now Hungry Travellers!