We started our search for Don Henrico’s during one of our MOA nights when we noticed that we’ve had enough window shopping and that our tummies were grumbling. Our DH (Don Henrico’s) craving lead to a tiring walk that seemed like the Bataan Death March to us at that time. We were at South Parking area of the Mall-of-Asia when the kind security informed us that DH is at the North Parking Area! Our urge won over our tired feet and grumbling tummies, and we headed on to DH, only to find out, there aren’t any available seats (waiting list).
On the way to DH, we passed by an orange restaurant which had a big area behind the entrance. All the chairs and tables were placed on the right side (facing their doors), leaving the front of the counter station bare. Only a few families were dining inside, but food seemed ok (based on the menu offered at the store front and on their huge tarpaulins. We gave it a try… loved it and came back a 2nd time, this time with my brother, Mark.
About the Store
The time we went there, the aircondining was ok, not really super cold but good enough. The place is huge but they have not optimized the use of the space since a big part of the restaurant is empty. I don’t know if the place becomes full during peak hours (lunch and dinner). We love the abundance of couches!!! And they have their own restroom.
About the Food
The food is actually the biggest reason why it was such a great find for us. We ordered the same dishes we got during our first visit. Yes, that’s how good these 2 dishes were and we weren’t in the mood to experiment. Well, we did want to try the Mandarin Orange Chicken (on both visits) but it wasn’t available (on both visits ^_^). It’s one of their bestsellers that get sold out during lunch time, the crew explained to us.
Mario ordered Popiah ‘aka’ Fresh Lumpia for 60 PHP and the Sweet and Sour Pork (he loves sweet dishes) for 125 PHP.
I ordered the Baked Chicken Rice for me and my brother for 195 PHP. It’s big enough to share with another person, and there’s no problem with sharing since they provide each table with plates. Everyone can just dig in and take their share.
Popiah – Fresh Lumpia
I’m not a Fresh Lumpia fan but I think this is ok and it’s a little different from the traditional Philippine Fresh Lumpia since there were ingredients I didn’t recognize. According to Mario, he likes it because the sauce is good and the serving is big.
Sweet and Sour Pork
My regret is that having to eat Baked Chicken Rice makes me so full that I only was able to taste a little bit of this dish. But I bet Mario was glad he didn’t need to share because he finished the whole dish by himself in no time. I’ll probably order this dish next time and compare it to the Sweet and Sour Pork of North Park.
Baked Chicken Rice
This will probably be the reason I’ll keep coming back to their store for years! Mario isn’t a fan of anything that tastes too tomato-ey (he prefers Pinoy style sweet spaghetti over Italian style), but I am! This dish is super cheesy with generous chicken breast fillet (yes, no bones to worry about!) and is super satisfying! My brother loved it as well! We were scraping off the burnt cheese that got stuck to the ceramic bowl. It’s so yummy I finished the whole dish (meant for 2) by myself during our first visit.
To finish off everything, we ordered a hot pot of Jasmine tea.
Here are shots of some parts of the menu. Notice how super affordable the drinks are? Considering we were dining in a restaurant in a mall.