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Applebee’s Al Khalidiya

Applebee’s Al Khalidiya

In the past we have heard so much about Applebee’s from friends who enjoyed having their meals there and tried one here and there. And after having not so pleasant experiences from a couple of their outlets I was actually reluctant to go into another […]

La Terrazza

La Terrazza

For the first time we decided to visit La Terraza and have lunch on my birthday as we were checked in at the Hilton. Though the published time was at 12 noon, we were informed that the lunch buffet will begin at 12:30. Waiting was ok […]

Royal Orchid Restaurant @ Hilton Abu Dhabi

Royal Orchid Restaurant @ Hilton Abu Dhabi

Had dinner here last night to celebrate my birthday and me and my family are all praises for Royal Orchid.  We ordered crispy honey chicken and siu mai for appetizers, mixed fried rice, beef in oyster sauce, chicken in lemon butter sauce and some huge grilled shrimps.  Everything tasted wonderful with the siu mai being such a delight- juicy and very tasty.


What I like best with the food here is unlike some restos claiming to have authentic Chinese tasting food (and yet the dishes all tastes the same), Royal Orchid’s dishes tasted distinctively different from one another. We want to come back but it seems yesterday night was the last night for them at Hilton. In fact we were one of the few lucky last ones to dine.  The food server Mr.Joseph is highly commendable as he is very knowledgeable.  We asked him about some of the dishes, some were having Chinese and Thai names on the menu and he generously gave suggestions when he noticed that we were having thoughts on what to order.  He also  gave us some mango pudding to taste.


All in all I’d rate the place as excellent except that I’d prefer the place to increase the lighting a bit more. We’re hoping to see more of this restaurant when it comes back after about a couple of months and that we’re also hoping that they still have jolly Mr.Joseph amongst their line up of pleasant staff.


*This is an unpaid independent review. The author would just like to share the experience.

Royal Orchid Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hot Palayok

Hot Palayok

We had lunch at Hot Palayok yesterday. Had been hearing things about this place from friends so hubby and I decided to visit and check it out. We initially thought that it was at the food court of Madinat Zayed but we didnt know that […]

Fashion TV Cafe

Fashion TV Cafe

I’ve always been curious about this cafe at Al Wahda Mall here in Abu Dhabi. From what I know about Fashion TV is that it’s a TV channel featuring high end models and designers from all over the world.  So what does a ‘cafe’ have […]

@ Ortego’s Deli – the place to be for great tasting Pinoy Food in Abu Dhabi

@ Ortego’s Deli – the place to be for great tasting Pinoy Food in Abu Dhabi

I’ve been meaning to write about the places that I and my family eat at. However, due to one reason or another I’ve always managed to put it off until I almost forget about it. So from now on, I promised myself that I will write my observations, no matter what..be it on the back of a receipt, a used tissue paper, whatever.

I belong to a family who loves to eat good food. Nothing is ever that expensive when you really had a great time consuming what you have ordered. I am quite picky when it comes to food. Also being a what you can call a good cook – I can’t stand food prepared beyond my expectation. With eating out, you get a whole new package as compared to eating at home. If you have great food and the customer service sucks, everything can fall apart unless you have your team of staff falling apart haha.

After having relocated to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, there are days that we crave for resto cooked Pinoy food. Well I can certainly cook them but I find the convenience of just ordering and dining somewhere during one of ‘those days’ very comforting. We had been to quite a number of Filipino restaurants here and sad to say, except for a couple maybe, I am very disappointed. Either the food sucks, or the ambiance is not something worth commenting, or the service is way below what you can call ‘service’.

First on my list is Ortego’s Deli in Hamdan, Abu Dhabi.  It is located opposite of E-Max and at the back street of Brands For Less.  I have heard about this place from my hubby who heard it also from one of his Filipino friend. So it seems the place is being advertised by word of mouth. A good sign I must say. So we went there today and I kept on telling myself, “don’t expect too much so you won’t get disappointed”.


First impression, “Oh it looks clean”, and indeed it is! Upon entering Ortego’s Deli, you can immediately sense the warm and comfy place through the all white walls with the wooden chairs and tables plus the old school style ceiling fan added character to the place. There were huge windows which provided ample lighting plus their selection of lighting fixture is wonderful. The place reminds you of big plantation houses in the south with a modern twist.


We were seated in a table by the window. Well the view isn’t really something remarkable yet it provided you with a feeling of dining in open air. They have this cute and clean paper place mats on the table. Something that you would care to look at while you wait for your order. As  I looked around, I could see a mixture of people dining, Arabs,  Filipinos and  other  nationalities too.


They showed us the menu and I again found it  cute, easy to read and very nice. A mix of the most sought after pinoy dishes like  kinilaw and halo halo were  available. These are things that you miss especially when you are based out of your home country. Well of  course they don’t serve pork and you should know why. 🙂 They  also have a  selection of several other dishes and all are priced well, not that  expensive but not cheap as well. The perfect word is – affordable.


My husband wanted to order their famous chicken tower so I could taste it. Per his recommendation, he vowed that it is the ultimate in grilled chicken Pinoy style. But then I also wanted to taste the Pansit Palabok which I had been craving for a couple of days now. He also wanted to taste several other dishes and definitely we won’t be able to finish them all if we ordered what we wanted.

So he settled for Sinuglaw. A combo dish of the roasted chicken, very much similar to Pinoy Chicken Barbecue, plus a serving of Canton Guisado, cucumber salsa, mixed seafood kinilaw* (cooked in vinegar) plus it was served with tinolang manok soup with a piece of chicken leg in it, very much unlike the usual free soup that you would get from the others. Everything tasted superb, just how you expect them to be cooked at home. Nothing was soggy or overcooked, the seafoods were succulent and  juicy plus the chicken is not too sweet.  I hate sweet barbecues, a hint of sweetness will do otherwise I’d find them bitter for my taste. The Ortego’s Deli grilled chicken is simply perfect.

My Pansit Palabok is almost good for sharing. The  serving is quite generous. I could taste tinapa in it and it looked  very appetizing. I only wished that  there should be some chicharon crunchies on the topping for additional flavor and texture. Aside from that – their Pansit Palabok is one of the best I’ve tasted and it was well presented.  It’s just too bad that there wasn’t any space left in our stomach to fit in dessert..I will definitely try their selection of desserts..soon. 🙂

As for the staff, I find them generally nice but I didn’t have so much interaction with them to comment on their service. The food was delivered on time so I didn’t have any reason to complain.  Perhaps they can initiate small talk or suggest food on the menu or lively greet people coming in  to make the experience more pleasant and interactive.

Overall, Ortego’s Deli surpassed our expectation and we will definitely come back for more.


Ortego’s Deli  Contact Details:

Telephone Number: 02 6770740

open daily 11am-11pm

Opposite Emax,

Hamdan Bin Mohammad Street,

Abu Dhabi,

*new branch  Al Dhafrah 

 Opposite Al Wahda Mall, Al Dhafrah, Abu Dhabi

Ortego's Deli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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