June 27, 2013
GLORIA MARIS Greenhills: Modern Cantonese Fine Dining at Our All-Time Favorite Chinese Restaurant in Manila!
GLORIA MARIS Restaurant, specifically the one in Greenhills, is our all-time favorite go-to place for authentic Cantonese food in Manila since 1995. My wife's Chinese family likes holding their special celebrations here, and I love the yummy consistency of their food every single time.
Last year, Gloria Maris moved to a new location with an impressive fine dining ambiance and an introduction of modern Cantonese cuisine to take the dining experience to a whole different level.
Here's our modern fine dining experience at Gloria Maris Greenhills:
The restaurant is now divided into five areas:
It's a casual area designed for Hotpot, which is open daily from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and then 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm.
It's a popular weekend breakfast hangout and it opens early at 7:00 am and closes as late as 11:00 pm. It can accommodate up to 300 guests.
GLORIA MARIS DIMSUM MENU:
TIP: If you eat in the VIP or Main Fine Dining Area, you can cross-order from the Dimsum and Hot Pot menus.
NOTE: Gloria Maris is literally open 365 days, open even on Christmas and Easter season.
It can hold three simultaneous functions, has a total capacity of 100 tables, and can accommodate up to 1200 persons.
You can also order from this special set menu.
Instead of ordering from the set menu, I suggest you assemble your own lauriat menu line-up. Here's what we like from the Gloria Maris Fine Dining choices and some tips on off-menu items:
Since cross-ordering from the Dimsum Menu is allowed, we like ordering hakaw for our matatakaw boys who can finish one basket each.
The siao long pao is also a good alternative with its yummy soup inside.
You can choose from two cool soups that we like:
The first one is almond soup with pumpkin, presented in a cool yin yang style.
For a healthier soup, order the winter melon soup that is served in an actual winter melon container.
TIP: Consume the soup immediately after it is served. Best while it is hot!
If you are tired of the usual Chinese cold cuts, try this modern version served with lechon kawali, duck slices, salmon sashimi, california maki and fried seaweed sashimi. I love combining them -- ex. seaweed sashimi plus the the duck slices.
Also, if you like the seaweed, you can request to replace the lechon kawali slices with it.
If you have a smaller intimate group, I suggest this degustation-like serving of scallop, fried prawns, and eel. Each spoon is a flavorful interpretation and a teaser for more yummy food.
For a modern Chinese salad, I suggest you order this. At first, it may seem like a weird hodgepodge of ingredients...
Sarap! One of my interesting new discoveries. :)
Here's a cool new interpretation of mini Taro baskets with plump fresh shrimp and scallops.
We love the presentation of the mini-sculpture of a prosperity dragon made of salt alongside the mini-egg nests.
Here's another favorite of ours: Fried taro wrapped in fried fine noodles served with mushrooms.
TIP: It's best to order only 1-2 fried items in your lauriat menu so that it won't be as filling and nakakasuya.
For special occasions, get the duck served in two ways. I love their Hong Kong duck, which is carefully cooked with the good layer of fat under the skin.
The boys love to collect them and bring them home as souvenirs.
My wife loves the usual Pata Tim, but this version is served with misua. This one is good if you like having a rich sauce with the soft pata meat.
Their Yang Chow fried rice is a complete meal in itself. It has generous bits of meat and seafood. Make sure to order rice to pair with the meat dishes.
SEAFOOD MAIN DISHES:
I love having fish as part of the set menu, and I certainly recommend this. The bones and the skin are fried and served with steamed fish fillet pieces that you can eat with noodles.
For grand celebrations, you can order this flat lobster with fresh meat, served with soy garlic flavors.
For a more unique and indulgent treat, order this. It's the first time I've eaten fried crab with a salted egg coating. :) Sarap!
We couldn't help but eat every little bit of the crab, especially since it was so flavorful and not too salty.
If your group likes prawns, order this dish that has fried prawn heads with prawn meat and fish fillet. It was OK, but I couldn't quite understand why it was presented that way.
Here's the special presentation of the Buchi with heart-shaped Ube Gelatin on a bed of smoky dry ice.
Another wonderfully presented dessert is the pumpkin pie in the form of mini-pumpkins served also with dry ice. As for the taste, it gets mixed reactions because of the sweet lotus paste inside. Plus, it has a chewy, dimsum-like texture.
For birthday occasions, don't forget to order the lucky Birthday Paos.
Sometimes, the boys want to stick to their favorites, like this mango dessert with bits of sago.
In almost every Gloria Maris visit, we make sure to order our most-loved dessert: assemble-your-own-taho.
Thank you to our friend Candy Uy-Lim for giving us foodie recommendations and sharing with us off-menu items in the new Gloria Maris menu. :) She is the daughter of Patrick Uy, the president of Gloria Maris since 2004.
Overall, I love the home-grown Cantonese yumminess of Gloria Maris and how it has been consistent with the same Hong Kong chefs over the years. I love the new Gloria Maris ambiance and the modern Cantonese dining menu.
We usually eat lauriat-style everytime there's a family celebration with my wife's family, and Gloria Maris still tops the list of Chinese Restaurants we have tried over the years in the metro.
Make sure to reserve one of the VIP rooms, to assemble your own lauriat menu, and to select the dishes with the cool presentation.
They are open all year round -- even on Christmas Day and Holy Week -- but don't forget to make reservations because they get FULL, especially during peak special occasions.
Let us know your favorite dishes and other foodie tips in Gloria Maris in the Comments section.
Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin Restaurant
Located at Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Ave.,
Missouri Street Corner Connecticut San Juan, Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 570-0921, 570-0923, 570-0924
Website: on going
Facebook: on going
About Gloria Maris:
Gloria Maris Restaurant opened in 1995 when the owners saw that there was an opportunity in the market for an authentic and fine dining Chinese restaurant. Located in the heart of Greenhills, it is highly accessible to all kinds of transportation. Gloria Maris is considered to be one of the bigest Chinese fine dining restaurants in Greenhills where we can accommodate more than a thousand guests. It is a respectable venue for your meetings, conferences, wedding, debut, birthday parties and other memorable occasions.
With the start of Gloria Maris Restauant, it has established an image based on a homegrown version where service, quality, commitment, and work ethics thrive. We satisfy customer wants and needs, we provide them the best quality products and services at reasonable prices. For 10 years now, our people have worked hard to achieve the image it has today, where good quality, taste and excellent service are our foremost concerns.
Our food production is supervised by a number of professional Hong Kong chefs who continue to maintain the food quality and taste of our food. Contrary to any Chinese restaurant, we have a variety of special dishes that could satisfy your food expectations.
Note: The Greenhills Flagship store has different owners and operations from the Gloria Maris Kitchen in the malls and other locations like the CCP area. We like Greenhills specifically.
Main Dining Room
Located at the ground floor
Opens at 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Can accommodate up to 540 persons
Located at the Mezzanine
Ideal for private events
Features 13 well-furnished rooms
Can accommodate up to 300 persons
Perfect for weddings and grand occasions
Can hold three simultaneous functions
Can accommodate up to 1200 persons
Dimsum Dining Area
Located at the ground floor
Opens at 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Can accommodate up to 300 guests
Located at the ground floor
Opens at 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The New Greenhills Shopping Center:
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Full Disclosure: We've been to Gloria Maris Greenhills a number of times for various special family occasions. Our recent dinner was courtesy of our friend Candy Uy-Lim. Thank you!
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P.S. Gloria Maris Greenhills is celebrating its first year anniversary in the new building with an awesome 30% off anniversary treat below (until July 19, 2013):