Mandarin Palace offers well-prepared food that has texture, aroma and exquisite flavors that suit any discerning palette. We were given a pot of tea as soon as we sat down.
For dimsum, I had Hakaw (Shrimp Dumplings, P 128) and Siomai (open-topped Steamed Shrimp Dumplings, P 88). The Siomai was dense and chewy the way I like it. These two dimsums are definitely good to blow your cash on.
My other two favorites were the Fried Shrimp Rolls with Almonds plus the roasted Peking Duck (P 1,500 served whole, 2-way).
Peking duck is a famous dish from Beijing savored for its perfectly-browned, crispy skin and aromatic meat. It is usually sliced thinly and eaten wrapped in flat bread. For a bit more flair, you can have it minced and eaten wrapped in lettuce with Hoisin Sauce on the side (best lettuce wraps ever).
We were also served King Fish in Mango Sauce, Salt and Pepper Spareribs (P 600, large serving) and Deep fried Seafood Roll (P 500, large serving).
Though these dishes were fried, it was not greasy. Layers of texture and flavor were imminent in the last two. King Fish in Mango Sauce is an intriguing combination of crispy fried fish served with a sauce using ripe mango slivers and greens. The sweet dressing works its way into the crunchy fish meat making it more savory.
Deep fried Seafood Roll is crunchy on the outside. I love the flavor these seafood-stuffed rolls make. It has that sweet tang that bites through it thick golden crust.
The Salt and Pepper Spareribs is uncomplicated strips of tender pork ribs with a hint of spiciness. I love it!
Braised Chicken with Curry Sauce is a good way to introduce curry to kids. This chicken dish has a very subtle hint of curry taste.
Mandarin Palace also takes Chinese cooking in new directions with modern twists. I got to taste a few of which have their own original touches.
Mandarin Palace takes rare but flavorful ingredients, such as pigeons and frogs to create refreshing meals. We asked for their Fried Frog Legs to get curiosity out of the way. There is not much meat on them but it tasted like chicken.
Mandarin Palace has been around for three years. When your urge to have Chinese food strikes, get it from Mandarin Palace. If you want to taste their claim to fame, you got to order their dimsum and Peking Duck.
Mandarin Palace Seafood and Shabu-shabu Restaurant
142 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Phone (02)246-9069 loc. 104
Open Daily from 11AM to 12MN