(SPOT.ph) With our historical ties, Chinese cuisine is very close to the Filipino heart and stomach. It’s flavorful, balanced, and most importantly, perfect with rice! While large gatherings aren’t encouraged these days, if you’re looking to host a small (and socially distanced) get-together with friends or family and are looking for tasty and reliable Chinese fare, we’ve got you covered. Just be sure to follow health protocols!
These are the best Chinese restaurants in Manila for your celebrations:
You can feast on classic Cantonese fare and fresh seafood in a relaxed but chic setting at Lung Hin, located at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. They use the freshest ingredients to whip up dishes like the Deep-Fried Hong Kong Pigeon (P990), Lung Hin Signature Roasted Barbecue Pork (P888), and Stir-Fried Scallops in XO Sauce (P1,980).
Lung Hin is at 44/F Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Sapphire Street corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City.
Looking for swoon-worthy peking duck that’s well worth every penny? Peking Garden has pretty much perfected their version (P3,200/whole bird, additional P500 for two ways), as is evident in its crisp and glossy skin and flavorful meat that hardly needs any sauce. There’s more to this 25-year-old restaurant than its Peking Duck, though; you’ll want to save room for their other specials, like the Braised Whole Abalone with Oyster Sauce (P2,200/piece), Scrambled Egg White with Minced Fish and Dried Scallop (P650/small, P975/medium, P1,300/large), and more.
Peking Garden is at Level 4 Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.
Summer Palace is EDSA Shangri-La’s answer to the call for excellent Cantonese eats as they serve a variety of dishes from Southern China. From the humble Steamed Pork Siomai with Shrimps (P240) to the more grand Sautéed Fresh Peeled Crab Meat and Scallops with Egg (P1,260/small, P1,890/medium, P2,520/large) and Grilled Lamb Rack with Cumin, “Mongolian style” (P800/small, P1,200/medium, P1,600/large), you can expect nothing less than the best here.
Summer Palace is at EDSA Shangri-La, Manila, 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.
Xin Tian Di
Xin Tian Di melds tradition and innovation with their classic and modern Chinese eats by Executive Chef Peter Yeung, who was born and raised in Hong Kong. Go for tried-and-tested favorites like the Homemade Crispy Pork Belly (P580/small, P870/medium, P1,160/large) or Steamed Prawns with Tauso and Garlic in Bamboo Leaf (P1,680/small, P2,520/medium, P3,360/large), or go out of your comfort zone with dishes like the Fried Lobster with Butter, Salted Egg, and Golden Garlic (P2,400) or Stir-Fried Spain Iberico Pork Loin with Chinese Vinegar and Honey (P1,100).
Xin Tian Di is at 4/F Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Corner ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Quezon City.
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant
Marriott Hotel’s resident Chinese establishment Man Ho takes Cantonese classics to the next level by using topnotch ingredients. Think Szechuan Style Australian Beef (P780), Braised Shrimp, Cuttle Fish, and Scallop with Sevruga Caviar (P580), and more. For seafood fans, they’ve also got ultra-fresh, live-seafood dishes like the Lobster in Superior Soup (market price).
Man Ho is at Marriott West Wing, Marriott Hotel Manila, 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay City.
Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin Restaurant
Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin Restaurant has been home to numerous celebrations and gatherings since opening in 1995. (Yup, they’ve been around since the '90s—so you can bet they’re doing something right!) Their food is cooked up by chefs from Hong Kong and their local crew, and if you’re overwhelmed by their long menu, just know that you can’t go wrong with their specials like the Steamed Crab with Glutinous Rice (seasonal price) and Lechon Kawali (P690/small, P1,380/medium, P2,070/large).
Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin Restaurant is at Missouri Street, Greenhills, San Juan City.
Xiu Fine Cantonese Dining
Xiu hails from the folks that brought us Lugang Cafe. They present Cantonese cuisine with a distinctive, elegant flair, and you can look forward to well-executed versions of classics like Roasted Suckling Pig (P6,800/whole, additional P400 with rice), Lapu-Lapu Steamed with Spring Onion (market price), Hot Prawn Salad (P880), and more.
Xiu Fine Cantonese Dining is at 115 Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan City.
East Ocean Palace
This three-storey establishment in Parañaque is a favorite for its elegant interiors, private rooms, and, of course, top-notch Chinese food. If you feel like treating yourself, head over and feast on eats like the Roasted Goose (P2,500/half, P5,000/whole), Braised 2 Head Whole Australian Abalone (P3,300/piece), and the rare and sought-after Alaskan King Crabs (market price).
East Ocean Palace is at Aseana Business Park, Bradco Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque City.
The use of high-quality ingredients makes all the difference at Red Lantern. The in-house Chinese restaurant at Solaire Resort & Casino has an elegant and intricate design, and you’ll find all your Chinese favorites represented—from the classic Braised Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables (P688) to Peking Duck (P2,750). It’s worth noting that they also serve Chinese eats from other regions of the country, like the Sichuan Mapo Tofu with Minced Pork (P498) and the Yunnan Wok-Fried Beef Tenderloin with Green Chili (P1,388).
Red Lantern is at Solaire Resort & Casino, Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque City.
Tao Yuan at Resorts World Manila prides itself on consistently good, real-deal Cantonese dishes that range from dim sum, shark’s fin and bird’s nest dishes, abalone, roasts, live seafood, and more. But they’re also known for their well-executed Singaporean specialties—in particular, their Singaporean Boneless Hainanese Chicken (P760/medium, P1,380/large) and Singaporean Cereal Prawns (P180/piece) could well be some of the best in the country.
Tao Yuan is at 2/F Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay City.