January 17, 2006
Jumbo Kingdom is one of the most misunderstood structures in Manila Bay. A lot of people are intimidated with its magnificent floating restaurant structure and often mistake it to be a casino (which was rumored during Erap's time). In 2000, two tugboats crossed from Aberdeen Harbour in Hong Kong to Manila Bay just to bring to manila one out of three Jumbo Floating Restaurants. It's claim to fame is not only its magnificent sculpture, precise workmanship and intricate detail but also its delicious Cantonese Chinese restaurant! Jumbo Kingdom boasts of 11 VIP rooms equipped with videoke, a Fine Dining Restaurant, Crystal Banquet Hall and the Jumbo Music Lounge on the top floor (which is the place to be). This is definitely worth a visit if you have visitors/ balikbayans -- the food is definitely good but the desserts were disappointing :)
The glitz and glamour of the Jumbo Entrance lobby is enough to get you excited about the place and you are welcomed by beautiful Chinese ladies. The exterior is brightly lit by more than 10,000 bulbs. You should be prepared with your cameras on hand as you pass by the scenic route from the lobby to the fourth floor (best to take the stairs rather than just the elevator straight to the 4th floor)Check out this Jumbo Kingdom Photoset.
I would recommend that you reserve the fine dining section outside of the music lounge with an al fresco ambiance. You could also reserve inside the lounge but they only have cocktail round tables which should be OK for small groups. Live bands perform every night and I love that acoustic sound and soulful voice of the band as you eat your delicious cantonese food.
This is the deck of the fourth floor and during cool months, this is the best place to reserve and perfect for that dinner date. However, during the summer season, I'm not sure if it is still a good idea to eat al Fresco :) Sometimes there are fireworks in the nearby Gloria Maris that can be viewed from Jumbo.
It is best to view Manila's beautiful Sunset and colorful cityscape from each of the four decks of this unique floating restaurant in Manila Bay. Here is a photo of my dad with the view of Westin Philippine Plaza.
Hot and Sour Seafood Soup "Szechuan" Style (P160/person) -- yummy soup if you like hot & sour.
Baked Mushroom and Bean Curd with Portuguese sauce in Pot (P380) -- My brother loved this! Atkins friendly and Healthy food for my mom :)
Pan Fried Beef Tenderloin in Black Pepper Sauce (P50). You always need to ask about their Ala Carte Dinner Promo where for a minimum of P500 purchase in the ala carte menu during dinner (5.30pm-11:00pm), you can avail of the promo menu which included this beef dish.
Fresh Lapu Lapu! (P1050 for 700g) Deliciously Fresh and this is enough to make our dinner worth while :)
Steamed Stuff Winter Melon with Scallop, Shrimp, Garoupa Meat, topped with Egg White and Crab Roe (P420). This is also deliciously good and healthy alternative.
Before you leave, make sure that you are able to get a group picture in this emperor's chair (Lung Chi) which was sat on by the Emperors from the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911).
located by the shore of CCP Complex at the back of Folk Arts Theater
Tel# +632 832 8888
Jumbo Music Lounge: 6:00pm -11:00pm (Mon-Thu) but until 1:00am (Fri-Sun)