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Authentic ‘laksa’ in the heart of Cavite

The Evia Lifestyle Center in Daang Hari, Molito, Bacoor, Cavite has become a very busy commercial hub lately. Buildings A,B, C are in full operation with cinemas, shops and a selection of restaurants. We visited three of the dining places and we look forward to visiting the others.

We have collectively rated all three with 2 Spoons, but as they are new, the rating has some reservations for suggested necessary improvements.

An escalator and an elevator lead to the second floor, where most restaurants are located.

Another Story—unlikely name for a restaurant, but the owner explained that the place was a spin-off from another resto she owned in Tagaytay, the Voila. She further explained Another Story would tell a different narrative as far as cuisine was concerned, a departure from the pan-Asian food of the older resto.

Dining area—like its forerunner, décor is a hodge podge of various items; one is not likely to determine the single inspiration behind it. However, the area is comfortable with enough space for movement.

Service—Efficient and fast.

Staff—We suggest that they be more attentive and quick to respond.

Suggested order—We probably made a mistake ordering the Platter. The combination of meat—chicken, fish, pork and beef—was disappointing. No flavor and hardly any sauce plus the beef was stringy, cut along the wrong side. We had a hard time slicing through it and finally gave up.

Government and service charges are added to the bill, senior cards are honored

Spicy

Merlion’s Authentic Singapore—The group’s second choice. We were not disappointed.

Dining area—almost stark in black, the main wall painted such. The barbecues hang and are visible from the work place. Tables and chairs are wooden and devoid of table cloth. It is simply a homey place to enjoy a meal—no “borloloy.”

Service—Colorful menu cards are quickly distributed. Photos of dishes are printed, with corresponding prices, making it fast and easy to order.

Staff—A robust Singapore woman helped us go through the selection.

Suggested order—Laksa is Singapore’s signature dish. For chili-brave diners, it is a soup with noodles, vegetables and meat, with much chili. Although too spicy for us, still we enjoyed its flavor. Then we had a three-meat barbecue, sliced into bite-size pieces. Likewise good.

Service charge and government taxes are added to the bill. Senior cards are honored.

Sweet tooth

Vanilla—this where the sweet tooth is pampered, after a heavy meal.

Dining area—Decorated like a European parlor. Refreshing, actually with chair upholstery in floral design.

Service—A bit slow.

Staff—The young female staff wear short gingham outfits.

Suggested orders—Any of the cupcakes; they can also be for sharing . For a more refreshing coffee fix, get the Vanilla Latte.

Service charge and government taxes are included in the bill. Senior cards are honored.