A few years ago, back when I was at the early stage of my career, the company I worked for held offices at the basement of Robinsons Galleria Mall in Ortigas Center.
There are many advantages to having one’s office inside a mall, not the least of which is the sheer variety of dining options for me and my officemates come lunchtime; the only limit, apparently, is our budget.
Fortunately, the mall then has a lot to offer when it comes to pocket-friendly eats. One of them is Hainanese Delights.
Aside from its affordable offers, this resto is also memorable for introducing me to Hainanese Chicken Rice.
This dish, though rooted in China’s Wenchang Chicken, has been well and truly adopted by Singapore such that it is considered the country’s national dish. The dish is traditionally prepared by poaching a whole chicken at sub-boiling temperatures, with some of the resulting stock combined with ginger, garlic and other aromatics used to cook the accompanying rice, producing a yellowish, flavorful and oily rice. It is usually served with three dipping sauces: a spicy red chili sauce, a dark soy sauce, and freshly ground ginger.
At just a little over Php100 with unli rice, Hainanese Delights’ Hainanese Chicken Rice was a tasty, filling and affordable lunch treat for me and my officemates back then.
Fast-forward to today: Hainanese Delights’ Robinsons Galleria branch has moved from its previous spot to a more spacious location in the mall’s foodie mecca, Eat Street. Aside from more tables and chairs to cater to its still-growing clientele, the place has more stylish interiors and even a window to the kitchen where guests can take peek into how their favorite dishes are prepared.
Recently, my foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH and I visited this reataurant for a taste of old faves and new flavors, which included:
Hainanese Delights (Php169). The resto’s best-selling white chicken dish
Hainan Fried Chicken (Php169). Prepared similar to the white chicken but fried to have that flavorful and crispy skin.
Chicken Heaven (Php169). The resto’s version of Barbecue Chicken.
Hot Chick (Php169). Barbecue Chicken made spicy.
Pork Passionate (Php169). Breaded porkchop fried to a crispy golden brown.
Hainan Fish Fillet (Php169). Steamed fillets of cream dory topped with minced garlic.
All rice dishes come with unlimited Hainan rice.
Fish and Eggplant. Rice meal that comes with free soup.
Char Beehoon. Served with Mantao bread.
Surf and Turf Bits (Php169). Steamed shrimp and pork dumplings.
Singapore Staple (Php169). Hearty noodle dish served with broth on the side and Hainanese White Chicken.
Coffee with Mantao Bread (Php45). Add Php20 for unli coffee refill.
Houseblend Drinks (Php65 each). Comes in Peach Tea and Ginger Lemon Tea flavors.
Milo Godzilla (Php90). A chocolatey dessert drink.
It was a fun and filling experience to rediscover one of old favorite haunts in Robinsons Galleria. I’m already looking forward to my next visit!
Thanks to the management and staff of Hainanese Delights for the feast and to Harvard of Always Hungry PH for extending the invitation.
This Hainanese Delights branch is located at Food Court, Level 1 Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Center, Quezon City, open from Sundays to Thursdays from 10am to 9pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 10am to 10pm.
Other branches are located at:
- Ground Floor, Adriatico Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
- Ground Floor, Robinsons Otis, Mercedes Guazon Street, Paco, Manila
- Lower Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City Fairview, Novaliches, Quezon City
- Lower Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City Fairview, Buayang Bato, Mandaluyong City
- Lower Ground Floor, Walter Mart North EDSA, Project 7, Quezon City
Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant. The food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.
Check out my reviews of other restaurants offering Singaporean dishes: