JING TING is a 92-seater Northern Chinese Cuisine casual restaurant by the City of Dreams group, located at the upper ground level of the COD retail area.
Its name means “a little house” or “resting place” and is inspired by Northern Chinese “Hutongs.” A Hutong is a gathering place in an alley lined with gray-tiled houses and buildings in a traditional residential city in China like Beijing.
It’s a cool new place to eat in City of Dreams, especially when you’re craving for Northen-style dimsum and hand-pulled noodles, Beijing Style.
Here’s what to expect and what to order in Jing Ting…
City of Dreams Manila ushers in the Lunar New Year with an abundant feast prepared by Crystal Dragon’s culinary artisan, Chinese Chef Chan Koo Kee. Embark on a gastronomic journey with each chosen dishes signifying good luck, good fortune, and happiness.
As the Year of the Rooster unfolds, enjoy their culinary offers from January 16 to February 11 with loved ones and business partners.
TUAN TUAN is a homegrown Chinese Brasserie concept specializing in Mui Garden’s Curry (by Vancouver’s Chef Gordon Mui), Deer Garden’s Halibut Fish Soup, and Tuan Tuan’s Snowy Baked Buns,set in a French-inspired ambiance.
Its name means “to put together“, which is in line with the restaurant’s aim of putting together the best Chinese comfort food, from the best chefs, in the best ambiance. Tuan Tuan was conceptualized by the Lugang Cafe group.
We loved our Tuan Tuan experience! Here are our recommendations on what to order…
TIM HO WAN MANILA 添好運 finally opens in Manila! It is the first international expansion after the Singapore branch, which owns the Asian franchise of this Hong Kong original. The Manila franchise is a partnership between Ricky Dee of Mesa Filipino Moderne and Todd English Food Hall, and Felix Ang of Cats Motors.
I love the clean and high quality taste of their dimsum, which are priced unbelievably well. Check out the Tim Ho Wan flagship branch in SM Mega Fashion Hall…
RED ONION CAFE (红葱头 Hong Cong Tou) is a Taiwanese Restaurant specializing in Taiwanese Beef Noodles (the Ramen of Taiwan), Crispy Dumplings, and Taiwanese comfort food favorites like Lu Rou Rice and dumplings, or chicken with Sichuan Mala Chili Oil.
The name is a tribute to Red Onions or Shallots — the ingredient that gives flavor and is present in most Taiwanese food. It is proudly conceptualized here in Manila by Taiwanese Wen-Szu Lin and local partner Mark Endaya, who plan to expand the concept both locally and the rest of South East Asia.
We tried Red Onion Cafe with my YoYo Master friend, Pat Cuartero — who gave a YoYo exhibition at the end of our meal. 🙂 Check this out!
We love Chinese Food! Here’s a wrap-up of our favorite Chinese Restaurants in Manila where you can have the most awesome Chinese experience for your family celebrations :
1. GLORIA MARIS
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 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:
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, 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.
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 Email: [email protected]
JADE GARDEN is a local branch of one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong. It recently re-opened in Glorietta — just in time for Chinese New Year — and is operated by the same owners of Peking Garden.
KING CHEF is a Cantonese Kitchen owned by Michael Chan-Ang and Marites Apiado-Ang, best known for their herbal soup and yummy Cantonese comfort food.
They started with their flagship branch along Banawe Street and gradually branched out to be one of the best restaurants in Lucky Chinatown, Binondo.
The name is inspired by a chef’s ultimate goal in the olden times of pleasing the King’s palate. Nowadays, the King is the Foodie who patronizes the restaurant, but the chef’s goal of preparing a feast to please the palate remains the same. 🙂
The Steam Fried Rice of Cebu is fried rice topped with shrimp and pork, and steamed in a rice cooker with its secret sauce. This was an original creation of Mr. Henry Uytengsu of Ding Qua Qua Dimsum House in Cebu, which pionereed the all-day dimsum dining in 1969.
After Ding Qua Qua (1 branch) which offers a signature dimsum buffet, Mr. Uytengsu’s group created Harbour City Dimsum House (3 branches) which featured the traditional dimsum carts wheeled to the customers’ table-sides. They then created the mall-based Dimsum Break outlet (13 banches) to originally address the dining needs of the mall’s late night foodies from the bowling alleys and cinemas.
True enough, the name “Dimsum Break” was inspired by taking breaks to eat dimsum during a bowling session. It is considered the Philippines’ version of Panda Express.