• Imee Schlimper

8 posh and exquisite dining spots to celebrate Chinese New Year!

Celebrating holidays like the Chinese new year is important to other people especially in China and Chinese all over. This is the time to catch up with family and friends. Watch a traditional dance show and fireworks. Venue, ambiance, and food are some of the major factors to consider since this is once a year celebration.

1. Pandan Asian Cafe

Craving for Southeast Asian cuisine? Indulge yourself with a serving of a steaming Asian dishes in this new restaurant in Tomas Morato. This Pandan Asian Cafe takes you on a tour of your favorite culinary destinations without booking a flight to Southeast Asia. Savor the tastes of well-loved classics from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines under one roof. Pandan's menu is an interesting tapestry of interlocking ingredients, cooking methods and traditions that make up the region's unique cuisine.

Pandan Asian Cafe owned by successful veterans and restaurateurs in the industry offers an iconic regional dishes prepared, using the most traditional recipes and the most authentic ingredients. With exquisite interior, this is a go-to restaurant for celebrations, events or simple get- together. Pandan Asian Cafe top floor provides 1 function room. All staff is customer service oriented.

Fresh Spring rolls

Green chicken curry

2. Paradise Dynasty

Be stunned by the dining ambiance and customized imperial court lamp chandeliers. Paradise Dynasty as taken from its name is literally a "Paradise" of exquisite flavors from northern and southern China.

A concept that originated from Singapore, this lavish restaurant captures the finer points of the bygone eras in a contemporary style. Famous for its legendary Chinese steamed broth-filled pork dumplings or more popularly known as Xiao Long Bao. One thing that makes Paradise Dynasty's Xiao Long Bao unique is that they serve it in 8 different flavors - Original, Cheese, Black Truffle, Crab Roe, Caviar, Ginseng, Schezuan, and Foie Gras.

Technically, one basket is good for sharing but if you want to taste all the flavors, best to have it solo (LOL!)

3. Honolulu HK

Honolulu HK Cafe brings the famous signature egg tart in the Philippines. From bread to main dishes, this fine dining restaurant serving numerous Chinese delicacies since 1940 will definitely make you crave for more. The ambiance will give you a relaxing and sophisticated feeling of having the fancy chandeliers, good lighting, oriental wall decorations, and classic table setting.

A delicious and tender Beef Brisket is a must try!

4. Mandarin Sky

Looking for an authentic dim sum at affordable prices? This is a place to be. A mix of traditional Chinese entrees, and new Chinese fusion dishes are only available in Mandarin Sky.

5. No. 8 China House - Grand Hyatt Manila

Treat your family and friends with a whole Peking duck. No.8 China House is the premium Chinese restaurant of the newly opened Grand Hyatt Manila that serves authentic Chinese cuisine. Enjoy their big servings of various regional Chinese cuisines with a strong focus on Cantonese, Fujian, Beijing and Sichuan dishes.

Photo courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/grandhyattmanilaph/

6. Johnny Chow

Savor the melding of contemporary Thai, Korean and Chinese flavors with kitschy-pop interiors creates a delightful dining experience located at the 2nd flr. of the Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila.

Johnny Chow is the best place if you’re looking for a fun dining experience! Classic meets pop culture insight and taste, while friendly servers wait for your tables in classy-pop fashion. Take a seat on one of the famous customized chairs and recognize familiar faces.

Photo courtesy: https://www.rwmanila.com/restaurants/johnny-chow

7. Mann Hann

Mann Hann began life as a high-end deli and convenience store in San Juan founded in 1996 and a familiar name to Filipinos with a hankering for Chinese specialties.

8. Shangri-la Finest Chinese Cuisine

Shangri-la has been the strongest Chinese restaurant, armed with 37 years of fine dining prestige. They have been active in giving grandiose fireworks display and comical dragon dance every Chinese New Year. The restaurant got its name by businessman Ramon Syhunliong from a book called Lost Horizon where “Shangri-La” is a “utopian sanctuary where one finds inner peace, love, fulfillment and longevity.

Kung Hei Fat Choi and Happy eating!


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