A few hours ago me and Titus was out on the ‘big city’ ( I am referring to Cebu City , you’d understand why ‘big city’ if you know I am from Mactan) on a double mission. Find Human Nature main Cebu office near Fuente to purchase some stuff and try out Uncle Noodle for the first time. I purchased a 50% off on food voucher from group buying site Groupon Philippines last weekend and this is my food review of this Cebu resto that you can find in 2 Mango. You can find 2 Mango beside One Mango, both places are walking distance from Fuente Rotonda. Mission 1 failed, Mission 2 success!
Mission 1 failed simply because we went there with no idea where it is except for ’it’s just near Fuente’ address as related by HHN CSR in Mactan. I thought it was near the Avon Building. Wrong. Why I thought that way I have no idea hehehe. We have walked all the way from Avon in Capitol area all the way to Robinson Fuente and we did not see any Human Nature signage and all those we’ve asked on the street also didn’t know. I tried calling their mobile number but the number was unreachable. I am very used to me getting lost so it was no biggie. , if you’ve been around me long enough you’ll learn to take things in stride and not be rattled by misdirection, surprises and lost footing . Have more adventure I say! However, Titus was not saying anything except ‘a good day to search when it’s raining’. Lol. Just gave him a sheepish grin and took out an umbrella. Oh well
So we were already there in Robinsons Fuente when he asked me, ‘do you know where is Uncle Noodle’s located?’. “Nope, but I know it is along Mango Avenue.” Mango Ave my friends is a long stretch of road and there are lots of centers, arcades, places where this resto might be located.
So I took out the Groupon discount voucher that I’ve printed hoping the exact address is in the details. Nope, not much help there, the address indicated is just “Mango Ave. 6000 Cebu City”. Not much of a clue. I think Groupon Ph SHOULD indicate on their voucher the exact address of the establishments they are offering discount deals for. Anyhow, it’s also partly our fault since Titus called the resto beforehand to asked if reservation is needed or if we can just walk in. He did not ask for clear landmarks near the restaurant. But of course I have the voucher with me and he did not know that the full address is not indicated. So hmm anyway all I’m saying is not knowing the address is not entirely my fault, right?
So again it was a guessing game. Told Titus I have a hunched that Uncle Noodles is in One Mango. I almost guess it right – this Cebu restaurant is located in Two Mango.
2 Mango Complex near Fuente Rotonda
One Mango Complex near Robinsons Fuente
Because we did not know the exact address at that time, we have no choice but to walk so we won’t miss it. Good thing One Mango and 2 Mango is very near Robinsons, it just took us about 10 minutes of walking I think or maybe even less. When we got to the complex, I was the one who saw the Uncle Noodles sign. Yey for me! We asked the guard how to get to the store and finally we found Uncle Noodles! This better be good especially that we braved the rain, were my initial thoughts.
Uncle Noodles Singaporean Inspired Noodles
The mini restaurant / food shop is a very simple place. There is a single window for the cashier where you can place your order. You can see their staff prepare your noodle from the glass panel that separates their kitchen and the ordering area. There are tables set up outside ala al fresco dining and also tables inside the resto. I am not 100% sure but I think Uncle Noodle is a favorite place for those looking for hot soup after a night out of partying and drinking. If this store is still not popular, it should be! The combination of relax ambience and delicious Singaporean inspired hot soup is a winner.
Since it was raining when we got there we choose to eat inside, there was a couple who was there before us, and new couple arrived when we left. It was a slow day, it’s a rainy Wednesday night, what do you expect. But surprisingly there were several customers who parked their cars and ordered take out hot noodle soup. This place is gaining good reputation.
Ordering Area for Uncle Noodles
Tables and Chairs waiting for hungry customers
Staff Preparing Our Singaporean Inspired Noodles – Laxa and Uncle Special
Our Groupon Food Voucher for Uncle Noodles gave us 50% off on food. You can buy P75 for P150 worth of food or P150 for P300 worth of food etc. I choose the P150 voucher and paid for it via my preferred payment method when availing deals and promos of group buying sites which is payment via Paypal. You can pay via ATM cards and over the counter payment too in case you don’t have Paypal.
Sample of Groupon Discount Deal on Food
Okay remember on my previous reviews and blogs about experiences with group buying sites I have been advising readers to always read all the fine prints. Well, this time I forgot to read the voucher details. So I was surprise when the cashier informed us that the discounted voucher is only good for food, meaning drinks are not included and so you can’t choose the set meals with noodles and drinks. This time I admit it’s entirely my fault for missing that detail. I should have read everything including fine prints and I would not have been surprised. If you are considering purchasing coupons and vouchers online, take time to read the full details before hitting that ‘buy’ or ‘pay’ button. Okies?
So I handed the cashier our Groupon voucher, we ordered our noodles. I had the Uncles Special, Siopao Chur Sui (their sosy name for Asado heheh), a can of Pepsi and Titus had the Laxa Noodle Soup, Meat Ball Siopao and Mountain Dew.
Uncle Special Noodle Soup – with everything in it
Uncle Noodle Laxa Soup – spicy and hot, soup with gata or coconut milk
Char Sui and Meat Ball Siopao of Uncle Noodles
I am not a big fan of noodles, I eat yes but a fan no. So I was expecting that I won’t be able to finished off my bowl of the Uncles Special. I was there to taste it so I can review and blog about it. But surprise, surprise! Look at my bowl when I’m done with itl!
After the attack – empty noodle bowl
The rain with the hot noodle soup coupled by hunger pangs from our walking excursion helped me finished off my bowl hehhehe. In fairness to the resto, their soup base is really lami. Simply delicious, you would want to slurp up the soup hehe. And the noodle is cooked just right, al dente as they say in Spanish. I also like the fish ball and the bits of minced pork floating on my soup. There was also a couple of shrimps, char sui, pork strips and a sharkfin’s dumpling. I love their Uncle Special. Highly recommended. If you pass by near Two Mango, try to drop by and order what I ordered hehehe.
Titus’ Laxa or Laksa noodle soup is spicy and hot, there were more shrimps there than in my bowl. His soup has some gata or coconut milk. I took a couple of spoonfuls from his bowl. The taste is unlike the noodles I’ve tasted before. I haven’t been to Singapore so I really can’t say if the soup tasted like what the laxa noodle you’ll get in Singapore’s but did not matter much as he also emptied his bowl
QUICK FACTS ON UNCLE NOODLES RESTO:
They do deliver for food worth P250 and up. Delivery area is within Cebu City provided that its reachable by their motorycle within 15 minutes. I am not sure the exact place of delivery boundaries but if you are near Mango Ave, you can just call them at (032) 5201524 to inquire.
Opening time is 11am everyday and closes at 11pm on Sundays to Thursdays, 1 am for Fridays and Saturdays.
UNCLE NOODLES DINING TIP:
We learned this after eating when the couple who arrived after us did this. They must be frequent customer there to know this. The guy ordered extra soup as his noodle broth is all gone. He paid P5 for a small bowl of soup (no noodle). You can do this too if you run out of soup. Another tip, instead of asking for the Noodle soup you can ask for the dry noodles.
For the dry noodles the staff will prepare your noodles and the toppings will be placed on the side. And then you will be given noodle soup or broth on a separate bowl, so you control how much soup you are going to pour into your noodle as opposed to having your noodle soup prepared before hand like ours. But then again, our Singaporean inspired noodles by Uncle Noodles was yummy, so am not complaining hehhe. But next time we drop by there again, we will try out the dry noodles.
UNCLE NOODLES MENU AND FOOD VARIETY
You can pick any of their Noodle Soup varieties : Shark’s Fin, Fish Ball, Prawn, Char Sui, Minced Meat, Uncle’s Special. Price is P75 per bowl except for Uncle Specials which is P95 a bowl. I recommend Uncle Specials since it already contains a bit of everything. If you will choose to have the Dry Noodles, you will add P10 to each bowl, so the Shark’s Fin Noodle will become P85.
They also have Kiddie Bowls for the kids at P50/bowl but varieties is limited to Char Sui, Minced Meat and Fish Cake. You can also add on toppings with price ranges from P10 per piece to P15/pc, extra soup is P5. They also have Uncle’s Meal Combo that comes with Siopao and Drinks. This was what we planned on getting if food and drinks meal package is included on the discount voucher as it would be cheaper. One size for Uncle Noodles siopao and it cost P45 per piece, available in Char Sui (Asado) and Meat Ball (Bola – Bola).
Beverage is a bit expensive, softdrinks in can cost P45 while drinks from softdrink dispenser is P28 per cup. Fit N Right is P40 while a bottle of Nature Spring is P25. They have alcoholic drinks available too like San Miguel beers.
NOT SO GOOD POINTS:
* The dining place inside and outside seems like a smoking area, the other customer was smoking as we were finishing up our bowl and he was not stop by any of the staff. Bad point in my books, I think the dining area should be smoke free, at least the inside part.
On the Siopao. Errrr we were not thrilled with the siopao. First, they do not have any special siopao sauce, you’ll only be offered ketchup or hot sauce. I was expecting to be handed with asado sauce or something similar. The taste of the siopao also verges on the sweet side. If you like sweet things, you might like their siopao but I did not and Titus shared the same sentiments. And he also remarked that the meat stuffing was a bit small considering that the siopao is big. The siopao’s bun was A-okay, the rest not so for me. But then again I have to remind myself their core product is noodle and their noodle exceeded my expectation. So this store gets Penfires thumbs-up and recommendation all the same.
I sincerely commend the staff, food was served real fast and complete. And when we asked for their recommendation or ask what this certain bowl has etc, our questions were answered patiently (we had lots of questions, heck we are bloggers after all heheh). And I specially commend the little thin guy on the dining area. He was very attentive. My chopsticks slipped to the floor accidentally and I was already resign not request another one since we were almost finished but when I was about to tell Titus not to ask for one, he (the dining staff ) was there handing me a new set of chopsticks. He have to get it first from the cashier so the moment he heard my sticks hit the floor, he must have run to get one from the cashier’s window. That I think is superb customer service!
Will we visit Uncle Noodles again? You bet. You should too. Head to Mango Ave and try out a different kind of noodles.
Penfires and Field Trip Boy – Happy Campers!
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I’ll be watching for the latest deals and promos by group buying sites in the Philippines, will be hunting for food discounts, coupons and vouchers, yung talagang sulit! This one is a good buy from Groupon. For those who are interested, I’ve just checked Groupon’s site and this deal is still up within the next 85 hours. You can go direct to this link: Get 50% off on Uncle Noodles
**Not all food deals are great, there had been 2 vouchers from different Ph deal sites that I have not shared my experiences with as my review would be leaning on the negative. But maybe I should also start sharing the not so good experiences with vouchers that I’ve bought just to level the field. What do you think?
How to get to One or Two Mango from Ayala and vice versa?
If you are coming from Lapu – Lapu City or Mactan Island like us, go to Gaisano Mactan and ride a vhire to Ayala. In Ayala ride 14D. Get off at the back of Robinsons Fuente and then just walked a bit. You’ll be there in One Mango or Two Mango in no time at all.
If you are coming from Colon, ride 14D, get off in Fuente way before the jeep reaches the rotunda, and just walked again. Or you can also ride Lahug 04C, and get off in One / 2 Mango complex.
From One Mango to Ayala – Just go to the jeepney stop and ride 12L from Labangon, 12L jeepneys stops in Ayala Terminal.