Where can you eat authentic tasty Cebu Lechon, yummy Pampanga Sisig, sweet, smelly Durian and juicy Suha of Davao, fresh seafood from Roxas City complete with a “Dampa” cooking service concept all in one place? The secret is out, Taste Asia is voted as my best restaurant in the Mall of Asia. Whoever conceptualized this place is a genius and really knows the Filipino taste in food at an affordable price! Most of the dishes will play around P100-P200 price range and expect to pay P300/ head at the maximum if you avail of the cooking service.
What I liked about Taste Asia: the seafood was deliciously fresh not like the ones at the Seafood Dampas along Macapagal Blvd. Also, Taste Asia was able to achieve a one-stop shop for authentic, affordable Filipino favorites where Tiendesitas failed and nowhere close to how good the food was in Taste Asia. It is not only where you can find “The True Taste of Pinoys” but you can also explore the other Asian cuisine all in one place. All your cravings for asian dishes will be satisfied 🙂 If you are a healthy eater, fret no more because fresh fruits and salads are available for your indulgence. You can also specify the way you want your seafoods are cooked, similar to the dampas. One thing amiss was the limited choices of vegetable dishes and limited display of fresh vegetables. At night, there are bands playing similar to the boardwalk along Roxas Blvd.
The entire place is al fresco, and it is definitely not ideal to eat here in the afternoon or during summer unless you missed having your summer tan just don’t forget your suntan lotion. Best time to eat here is during weeknights because Mall of Asia is lovely during the weekdays since it is not too crowded.
1. My Taste Asia Favorites
Fresh Seafood cooked the way you like it 🙂 I would say that the seafood is fresher than the Seafood Dampa along Macapagal Blvd. I do hope it consistently remains the same.
I’m sure there are other places where you can get the Cebu Lechon but I’m glad I can have it here all in one place. Cebu Lechon is famous for the way they cook the pig where the meat is tasty in itself and you don’t need additional sauces or sarsa to complete the taste.
Pampanga’s Sisig is the best for me whether it would be Aling Lucing’s or other’s. The Pampanga way of cooking makes sisig ingredients taste like meat and it has that soft texture instead of the usual crunchy version.
Nothing beats getting the fresh fruits and salads in living a healthy lifestyle. The fruits display is similar with the fruits you would see in Davao. I was also expecting that they have a
Station 5 — Asian Fusion, this is just besides the fresh seafood display. This is where we asked our seafood to be cooked and we were not disappointed. Only thing is the cooking charge is P100 per kilo gram so you better avoid anything with shells since it would be heavier.
For lobster lovers…
Crabs cooked the way you like it…
Baked Oyster is available to satisfy your cravings.
Here are the different stations where you can have your food cooked. For a bigger version click here.
3. Lasang Filipino
There are a lot of Filipino Stations aside from the Asian Fusion. Tito Rey’s Sinigang is also worth mentioning and we ordered Kilawing Puso ng Saging as our vegetable dish and it became my instant favorite. I have not tried the Sinigang here but the Asian Fusion Sinigang na Salmon sa Miso was equally good.
A Filipino experience won’t be complete without Barbeque and Java Rice similar to Aristrocrat
Bacolod’s famous Inasal Chicken cooking…
Dizon’s Fruit Shake and Fruit Ala-Mode.
Special Chinese Lumpia and Batangas Bibingka.
Japanese Sweet Corn
Suha and Durian from Davao
Fresh Fruit Juice at P49/ bottle.
Even though they have a buy 5 take 1 promo (P60/bottle), this still does not compare with the happy hour promo of Pier 1 or Aruba which would sell san might light at P30-P35 per bottle from 5pm-8pm.
4. Truly a Taste of Asia
Here are the different asian cuisines also available in Taste Asia but not as popular as the Filipino dishes.
Taste Asia is located in the North Side of Mall of Asia beside SM Hypermarket. You can opt to Park in the North Parking tower or the parking beside IMAX side. See complete gallery of Taste Asia. The second taste asia outlet will open in SM Ortigas besides Tiendesitas.
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16 thoughts on “Taste Asia @ MOA- Best Kept Secret in Mall of Asia”
Sige, Anton. I’ll try this resto strip. I saw it na the first week I was at MOA but boy, it was around 3pm and grabe sa init! I was thinking — who’d bother to eat here??? You’re right. Evenings are best! Can’t wait to try!!!!
eto visit ko sya talaga next year paguwi ko..
That was great and hope for more photos, special lechon.
where is this exactly in MOA? It looks huge in the pix
I meant where INSIDE MOA is this restaurant, Taste Asia, located?
Not where MOA is located. . .
Hi Sir, I often browse your blog for new places to eat.. Thanks for the reviews and I enjoyed even just reading your entries. We’ve just tried Taste of Asia and Chocolat with my friends.
went to try taste asia last week…was disappointed with the expensive prices of the fresh seafood..parang taga masyado yung presyo considering na wala naman value added dun..couldnt bring myself to pay 250 for an ulo ng mayamaya, when i just paid 100 the night before at dampa libis for the same item(hehe nahahalata tuloy na matakaw ako)..prices were almost double those in dampa farmers and dampa libis..tiger prawns were sold in MOA at 350 for HALF kilo…it was 350 for 1 KILO in libis and farmers..tapos ang init pa sa labas…saka may bayad ang take out containers nila..P10 and 20 ..
we would have spent around 2K there, wala man lang ambience and service..went instead to spiral buffet where we gorged ourselves with food to near-death…just spent 1170 for 2 pax, bec i had privilege card and therefore dined free
buti na lang imax and chocolat made the MOA trip worth it =)
Thank you soooo much for the tip Anton! We had a Client from the US. I just pulled this blog up, suggested it and off we go to Taste Asia just a while ago. It turned out great! She even told us twice it was a good choice. You rock \m/
Ei guys! Bacolod Chicken Inasal just open their branch at MOA. Try it to experience bacolods specialties. Tnx. 🙂
I’ve there already. I like BCI’s branch there.
Im craving to eat all of that. heheheh… I love cebu’s lechon. Masarap kasi ang lasa ng lechon sa cebu. At napaka crunchy pa ng balat… Sa cebu ba talaga niluluto yung lechon sa Taste Asia? Marami na kasing nagtinda ng lechon sa Manila. then sabi ng iba from cebu daw ang lechon nila pero ng matikman ko iba ang lasa eh. Hindi lasa ng lechon sa cebu.. Mas gusto ko kasi ang taste ng lechon sa cebu. Hindi na kailangan lagyan pa ng sarsa or mang tomas kasi masarap na… Try lechoncebu.com
Hmmmmmmmmm nakakagutom naman ng blog na ito. Seafoods wow ang sarap. Gusto ko yata yun. Lalo na pag gawing kilawin. Yum yum yum ang sarap talaga. Pero walang tatalo sa sarap ng lechon cebu. Talking about lechon. May nadiskubrehan akong site. It is an online store for lechon. It base on cebu. And we taste there lechon coz we order lechon from them last month lang. At graveh ang sarap talaga. Napaka tasty ng meat at ang crunchy ng balat. So delicious talaga.
Try nyo ito ang link http://www.lechoncebu.com
Lechon cebu is really the best talaga. The tender juicy meat which absorbs the aromatic fragrant of herbs and spices. And the crunchy skin wow ang sarap. With sukang pinakurat yung maanghang na maanghang. Mmmmmmm its yummmy talaga. It taste good. Yum yum yum.
D’best talaga ang lechon cebu. The taste was good. Lechon cebu is the best lechon I’ve ever taste. Graveh ang sarraaaaaaaaaaaap.
It was amazing. It is one of Cebu’s trademarks. The taste is really different from other Lechon in other places. It has an after taste which will make you want more! It’s lechon itself. No add-ons!
Thanks to lechoncebu.com. More power to you guyz
Outside of that mall there is a lot of fresh seafood where you can buy and the other side there is a lot of restaurant that can cook for you.I really enjoy walking in that place.