Manila Hotel has been undergoing some renovations for some time. My friends and I were curious to see what's new with this historical hotel and so we trooped to Manila Hotel after watching Varekai.
My friend D read a review about Manila Hotel's Chinese restaurant named The Mabuhay Palace in a broadsheet and wanted to try it out. I did not even know Manila Hotel had a Chinese restaurant!
This restaurant was beautifully decorated. On one wall near the entrance is an art work partially made with Jade depicting Confucius' life. (which stupid me forgot to take a picture of!)
|Crispy Wonton Crisp, free|
|Hot & Sour Soup, P220|
|Braised Assorted Seafood and Fish Maw Soup, P280|
|Crispy Glazed Baby Squid, small, P320|
|Dong Po Pork with Steamed Buns, small, P380|
|Braised Bean Curd w/ Chinese Mushroom and Vegetables, small, P320|
|Salted Fish Fried Rice, small, P350|
The photo above only shows my portion of the rice. The small order, depending on your appetite, can feed maybe 4 adults.
|Mango Manila, P160|
|Salted Egg Ice Cream, P100|
Overall, I am glad my friend D insisted on trying out Manila Hotel's Mabuhay Palace. Food was superbly cooked and flavors were subtle and light. There were no sleepy after effects of eating Chinese food which I have always associated with too much MSG.
The interior was beautifully done, paying attention to the smallest details. It is classy yet intimate. Nothing loud.
Service was very good and the servers were very attentive but not familiar, which I love. I really do not care for those restaurants where the servers act like they are your new best friends.
And best of all, because we signed up at Manila Hotel's booth at Varekai, we got the Magique Gold Card
which entitle us a 20% discount on our food and drinks. Aside from that, the card entitles the holder a special rate on rooms and a free one time use of its health club. The gold card is valid until September 30, 2011.
Mabuhay Palace is located at the historic Manila Hotel.
Open from 11 AM - 2:30 PM and from 6 -10 PM.
For inquiries or reservations call 527-0011 local 1261.