New Filipino restaurant in Richmond located in a diversified shopping square at the corner of Cambie and No. 5 road---family run, friendly service, can be very busy, and ample parking spaces.
Went there for the first time with family the other night. We were the only people in the restaurant on a Tuesday night. The decor is severely lacking...it's more like a cafeteria than a restaurant. I was surprised to see so many chinese dishes on the menu, since it's a filipino restaurant...I'm not sure I would order chinese food there if you're looking for authentic chinese food. We ordered kare kare (ox tail in peanut sauce), bicol express (pork in coconut sauce), fried tilapia, bagoong fried rice, and nilaga baka (beef soup). It was decent food, I found the food to be a little on the oily/heavy side, but tasty. For dessert we had leche flan and something made with pandan. It was funny, they brought out a small bowl of another soup (sinigang) because they said they ran out of the soup we ordered, even though we did get a big bowl of it. We found the service to be pretty good, the food came out quite quickly. Nothing major to complain about, but nothing outstanding either. Would go back if in the neighbourhood.
I know Little Ongpin started out on a rough note but they have made quite the 360 change since they opened. The service is much, much faster and the food is outstanding! I did notice when they first opened that the food was a little on the oily side but I have definitely seen the change. My favourites are the sisig, inihaw na pusit, and the bagoong rice (must try!). I'll definitely be back again and again! :)
I really loved the food in Little Ongpin! They have very delicious and tasty Filipino dishes. Their servings are large - almost enough for a family of three to four. Their service was good. The food came right away, and it was hot. My family and I ordered food like Yang Chow fried rice, Bagoong rice (really, really good!), Crispy Hipon (shrimp), BBQ Chicken Skewer, Pansit Miki (great!), and more. It was really delicious! We also tried their Halo-Halo, and it was good, too. Whenever my family and I go there, we leave more than happy. We'd definitely go back there, and try out other excellent dishes. It was really worth the money because a large serving is not very expensive. The only thing I don't like about the restaurant is that, when you leave, you always smell like food. Nevertheless, that doesn't stop me and my family from going there. I'd recommend this restaurant to Asians (especially Filipinos) looking for good and tasty Filipino dishes and desserts!
How can you go wrong cooking the national dish of the Philippines? It only has 3 main ingredients, soy sauce, vinegar and garlic plus the meat. But somehow Little Ongpin screwed up this dish so badly we only took a couple of bites and took the rest home. I was going to give it to our dog but decided against it. We just threw it away. We didn't want our dog to get sick. Anyway, the chicken meat is bland with an awful taste in it. It came with a brown sauce that is nowhere near the taste of a typical adobo sauce. Its funny because eventhough the meat is swimming in the sauce, it doesnt pick up the taste of the sauce at all. It has a weird bland taste. I think what they did was they just boiled a big batch of deboned chicken legs and then used the meat in all of their dishes that calls for chicken meat. They just create and mix the sauce when ordered. It's awful. The taste of the meat was as if it was sitting in the fridge for a long long time.
That was my most horrible experience so far in a Filipino restaurant. Last time I was here, our order of chicken barbq was still raw in the middle. I told myself then, that I will never come back to this restaurant. But after several months I decided to give it another try and unfortunately, I'm totally disappointed. This is definitely my last visit to this restaurant. I won't go there even if someone is treating me.
Wont ever go back here again. Even if you pay me! Food is horrible. not even close to home cooking. ordered 4 items on the menu, all not good except the rice. then again how can you go wrong with rice.
Service was slow and not too friendly. Is it that hard to smile a little bit? or do i have to pay for a smile? McDonalds gives smile for free.
We have visited Little Ongpin multiple times but the food quality has diminished as time went by, whether they have not been able to train their cooking staff to produce consistent quality food or they don't care. You basically play russian roulette as far as food quality goes. One day fantastic and one day bad. One day generous helpings and one day you have to look for the meat and vegetables. The people are extremely nice but they have a long way to go for consistent food quality.
Upon trying Little Ongpin based on the recommendation of family members, my friends and I were surely disappointed with our meal. The ambiance and decor of the restaurant was decent, but it very much had a cafeteria feel to it. The service was warm and friendly. The food on the other hand was quite disappointing, as most of the food that were ordered was served luke-warm at best, especially the kare-kare stew that we ordered which tasted like it has been sitting out for quite some time before it was served to our table. The meal resulted in food poisoning for all the members of our party the next day, which most likely came from the poor food safe practice of the kitchen staff. Based on our experience, we will probably not return to Little Ongpin.
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