Sweet Zao

When you visit Shangri-La, Zao is a restaurant that is hard to ignore. You will easily notice it because of its all-red theme.



They offer Vietnamese cuisine that will tickle your palate. Zao does not serve the usual Asian food we eat, Vietnamese food is more on the sweeter side.

They have a wide variety of food

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Fried Shrimp

To be honest, I was quite surprised to see noodles underneath the shrimps; but the noodles complemented the shrimp so it was a good choice to order it. However, you have an option to order peeled shrimps instead.

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Firecracker Prawns

From the name itself, you may think that it is too spicy to handle — but it’s not. It’s not even salty! Though I requested for it to be spicy, I guess this is really the taste that we should get. Overall, I love the shrimp and the veggies underneath it. I prefer this than the other shrimp dish simply because I didn’t like the idea of the shrimps being soaked in the noodles.

Shaking Beef
Shaking Beef
Beef Curry
Beef Curry

Both the Shaking Beef and the Beef Curry have the same taste. They’re not the usual curry that we Filipinos are used to. These dishes are a bit sweet and spicy. You’ll feel the pepper once you eat it. Something that I’m not that comfortable of.

Chicken Skewer
Chicken Satay
Barbeque Pork Chop
Barbeque Pork Chop

These 2 are my favorites. From the vinegar to the grilled-to-perfection chicken and pork chop, I’ll just say, “WOW!” The pork chop tastes like tocino but tastier and very delicious. The serving is also generous. This is one dish you should try when you visit Zao. πŸ˜„

Spring Roll
Spring Rolls
Stuffed Tofu
Stuffed Tofu

These dishes are THE crowd favorites. The tofu alone will make you feel full already. It is a healthy dish but they didn’t compromise on the taste. The spring rolls are not the usual spring rolls we eat. Try it with their sauce and see for yourself. πŸ˜‹

Pork Fried Rice
Pork Fried Rice

This fried rice has too many toppings. If you’re more into meat than rice, order this.

Saigon Fried Rice
Saigon Fried Rice

I like this rice better. I love how simple it is and how its taste complemented all the dishes we ordered. This rice is perfect with the barbeque pork chop. One of my favorite fried rice so far. πŸ™Œ to the chef!

The chairs are very comfortable. Lighting is very romantic.
The chairs are comfortable. Lighting is very romantic.

Their servers are knowledgeable of the food they have on their menu. They are very helpful and snappy whenever we need anything. Our glasses are always filled with water and our bottomless iced tea are re-filled even without us asking for it. πŸ‘Œ for Zao’s servers.

Espresso Gateau De Crepe
Espresso Gateau De Crepe

My mom loves it because it’s not sweet but I didn’t like it at all. πŸ˜₯ Let’s just blame the fact that I don’t like crepe. But its taste and originality will make you enjoy eating it.

Calamansi Tart
Calamansi Tart

Now this my friend is very addicting. Once you taste it, you’ll automatically close your eyes. Once you open them, you already had 10 of it. πŸ˜… Kidding aside, this will give you happiness in a spoon. Its lemon and sweet taste will make you feel the “kilig” you’ve been wanting for so long. With this tart, meron ng forever! 😍

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The best thing about Zao is its cleanliness and coziness. You’ll feel comfortable and sleepy once you’re inside. The only thing that’s missing here is the lack of smile from some of their servers. If you’re already used in eating in restaurants with friendly servers and managers, you would feel the difference once you eat here. If the person is joyful and is passionate for his job, it is very easy for him to enjoy what he’s doing. Read more examples of great customer service by clicking here and here.


Zao is perfect to those who don’t want salty food. If you’re looking for something new to try, eating in Zao won’t be a gamble. I’m happy that the first Vietnamese food we tried is from Zao. At least now I know how Vietnamese cuisine should taste like.

Overall, I’ll give a rate of 8/10 for Zao. I hope they’d have their own restroom soon and maybe their servers and manager would consider being joyful next time. Customers dine in a restaurant not just to eat but also to find rest and enjoyment while eating. They won’t feel that if some of the servers are stiff. πŸ˜• Zao serves sweet food, their servers should be sweeter. πŸ‘

For more details and promos, please visit Zao’s Facebook fan page by clicking here.


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