CHECK IT OUT: Modern Cantonese Dishes at Manila Hotel’s Mabuhay Palace
Feast on dishes fit for an emperor at this fine dining spot.
Enjoy delicious Cantonese food at Mabuhay Palace. Click for more.
Ground floor, Manila Hotel
One Rizal Park, Manila
Tel: 527-0011 local 1261
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) Housed in the historic Manila Hotel is Mabuhay Palace, the hotel's fine-dining Chinese restaurant that serves modern Cantonese fare. Heralded as one of the best Chinese restaurants in Manila, the Mabuhay Palace, which was relaunched early this year, stays true to the hotel's tradition of elegant living with refined dishes and opulent interiors.
With a main dining area that sits 140 people and four private dining rooms, the restaurant's theme and concept was greatly influenced by the hotel's chairman, Dr. Emilio T. Yap. The Jade mural that lines the restaurant's wall, was a piece Yap saw and fell in love with on a trip to China. And more than just décor, the mural depicts the story and biography of Confucius.
Indulge in contemporary Cantonese dishes like the delicate steamed sea bass topped with bean crumb sauce and served with silken tofu, the succulent and sweet baked lobster with custard sauce, steamed broccoli with crab meat sauce and wolf berries, slow-cooked pork belly simmered in Shao Shing wine, lotus fried rice, and vegetarian Beijing duck, an all-veggie wrap that tastes like, well, duck. Menu standouts are the old Beijing nobleman sharksfin soup, a light and flavorful soup named after the hotel's Chinese executive chef, Sun Bing (and said to be Imelda Marcos's favorite), and the egg tart ala mode dessert which uses golden egg and black sesame ice cream-an interesting and delicious combination which was inspired by a dream sous chef Josephine Candelaria had.
Photos courtesy of Manila Hotel (interiors) and Monica Barretto (food).