Templo Modern Schezuan Fusion: A Modern Take on the Colorful History of Szechuan Cooking

Looking for Schezuan dishes that will truly fire up your tongue? Or are you simply looking for Chinese dishes? One thing’s for sure, Templo already got you covered from their appetizers to desserts; as they will surely heat and spice up your food cravings for Schezuan.

Chinese articles for sale inside the store.
Chinese articles for sale inside the store.
Chinese articles for sale inside the store.

Templo was born out of the owner’s family heirloom recipe which rooted in their ancestors from Szechuan China while taking hold of the traditional cooking principles of Szechuan cuisine – cooked flavorfully with spices, chillies and peppercorns and, infused with their contemporary take on Szechuan food.Read on as I take you to this gastronomic experience.

For appetizers, they have the following:
Tausi Spareribs – tender bite-sized pieces of tausi. This one has a few tausi, which I prefer since I don’t like tausi that much.

Price: Php 118
Table for: 1
Food Rating: 3.5/5

Seaking Rolls – another Chinese dim sum favorite.

Price: Php 118
Table for: 1
Food Rating: 4/5

Chicken Feet – I don’t really eat this, but I do try it from time to time and this one passed my expectations – tender, sweet and savory.

Price: Php 118
Table for: 1
Food Rating: 4/5

For the soup:

Templo Signature Soup – this soup contains scallops, shrimp, seamoss, and bamboo feet.We Filipinos love soup, so let’s choose the healthy one! It’s ingredients has a lot of health benefits that will surely give you the warmth you’re looking for in a soup.

Price: Php 432
Table for: 4-5 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

Halibut Chong Qing Style – a spicy-grilled fish soup that looks deadly spicy but tastes the other way around. As the saying goes, looks can be deceiving. It was not that spicy at all but rather gives a soothing feel in every sip. This soup stands out for its tagline tho – “One dish. A hundred flavors.”

Price: Php 265
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

For the rice:
Yin Yang Fried Rice – this is not the usual black and white yin yang we always see when we hear that word, but rather, we were served with green and brown rice forming the symbol. Honestly, this doesn’t really look appetizing because I don’t think that this rice will compliment any of their Szechuan dishes. But as we dig in, I remembered the saying, “kanin pa lang ulam na”. It’s that good that you can actually match it with any of their dishes.

Price: Php 265
Table for: 2-3 persons
Food Rating: 4/5

For the main dishes:
Szechuan Crispy Shrimp – crispy fried shrimp with ginger, garlic, onion leeks, and Szechuan peppercorns. If you are a lazy bum who doesn’t want to eat shrimp due to the hassle of peeling of its skin, worry not, coz’ you can eat this one since it was cooked to fine crisp.

Price: Php 368
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

Pork Intestine in Chili Oil – another delectable exotic dish you won’t hesitate to try is their intestines, since for sure, this one is clean. And believe them when they say that this is spicy, I can attest to it.

Price: Php 265
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 4/5

Szechuan Native Duck – this was the star of our Templo experience. This was the first Szcehuan dish I tried during our visit there and I did not expect it to be a fiery one. I know this kind of dishes should be really spicy, but I was caught off guard once I got a taste of it. Take note: I made a big wrong move by dipping the duck into the sauce, which only made it spicier. And unlike most restaurants I’ve tried, they don’t really serve this that spicy – minsan marami lang sili pero hindi naman maanghang. Have yourself prepared, if you order this in its normal spiciness level and don’t tell me that I did not warn you.

Price: Php 485
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 4/5

Orange Chicken – I am someone who loves chicken and likes it to be crispy, juicy and flavorful. Well, this is it.

Price: Php 295
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

For all their Szechuan dishes, you can request the spiciness level from Mild, Moderate to Extra Hot! They made these variations to suit the Filipino taste, since not everyone can handle spicy foods. Whatever your choice, this is the place to be if you’re looking for dishes that will surely fire up your tongue!

For the drinks:

Apple Perilla Juice – a drink that’s healthy and refreshing at the same time. It has fresh apple, chia seeds and perilla leaf extract.

Price: Php 180
Table for: 1
Drink Rating: 4/5

Lick Iced Tea – this is one of my favorite bottled drinks and I am so glad that they have it here. Click this link to know more about this product.

Price: Php 138
Table for: 1
Drink Rating: 5/5

Templo’s Signature Milk Tea – currently, only a few good restaurants sells delicious milk tea, and that would include Templo. The latter will not only satisfy your Chinese food cravings but your milk tea cravings, as well. Infused with authentic red tea, grass jelly, tapioca and fresh cow’s milk, you can level this drink up with a scoop of ice cream. Just add Php 35 and you’re good to go.

Price: Php 115
Table for: 1
Drink Rating: 5/5

Iced Coffee Float – this was my life-saver. The ice cream on top helped put out the fire out when I ate the Szechuan Native Duck. You should not also miss this drink especially if you are a fan of coffee float, I assure you, this is what you should be looking for. You don’t even have to worry if they put too much ice because you will surely love it with more in it. Want to know why? Try it!

Price: Php 138
Table for: 1
Drink Rating: 5/5

Even though the place is small, their menu is expensive from main dishes to drinks! Whether you are in for their spicy Szechuan dishes or just want to give your taste buds new exciting flavors, Templo might just be what you’re looking for.

P.S. They delivery thru Honest Bee!

Ambiance: 3.5/5
Service: 5/5
Value for Money: 4/5

Overall Rating: 4/5

Dietitian’s Corner:

1. Dim sum literally translates to “touch” and “heart” or can be simply translated as “heart’s delight”.
2. Sichuan pepper or Sichuan peppercorn is a commonly used spice in Chinese cuisine. It has a unique aroma and flavor that sets it apart from the hot black, white or chili peppers.
3. Sichuan peppers are a good source of vitamin A, carotenes, pyridoxine, thiamin, and minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc.
4. Perilla leaves are used as a medicine in China to treat a wide variety of ailments.
5. Perilla leaf extracts have shown to have antioxidant, anti-allergic, and anti-asthma properties but data have limited evidence to support the claim.

Location: 55 Dapitan Lifestyle Complex, Brgy. Lourdes, Quezon City
Store Hours: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Facebook: Templo
Instagram: @temploph

Disclaimer: We were invited to taste their food but this review was written with my honest opinion.

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