A huge bright restaurant fit for an Emperor (well, maybe not but almost) inside a mall! We’ve seen this restaurant several times already, it was hard not to notice it, so we went ahead and tried it for the first time last Friday (March 5, 2010). It was still on it’s soft opening as they’ve only started last Feb. 13 (day before Valentine) and if you’re lucky (go now!) you can still catch them on their soft opening promo 20% discount on a weekday and 10% discount on a weekend! That’s 10 or 20 percent off of your tab and not only on selected dishes!
All of these pictures were taken using my Nokia E72 phone camera. We didn’t have our cam with us that day.
The restaurant is located at the 2nd floor Entertainment Mall of Mall of Asia, near the South Parking area. Since it’s fairly new, the Mall of Asia store map hasn’t been updated to include this restaurant yet. But I’m pretty sure finding it would be easy. It’s a huge and bright place. ^_^
About the Store
I love love love the overall look and feel of the store. If you’ve been reading some of my past articles, you would know how much I love really big spaces in a restaurant, enough for the crew to move around without bumping into each other, or even the customers, without elbowing people who are sitting down, enjoying their meal.
About the Food
Well, if you’ve eaten at North Park or other Chinese restaurants, you’ll be familiar with most of the dishes on their menu. But this seafood restaurant serves more than the usual sweet and sour pork, etc… They serve some pretty unusual creatures… ^_^ I think I read a sea mantis dish and the price depends on the weight. We opted to go for the usual dishes first then maybe next time we’ll try those. By the way, the rare dishes are seasonal so if that’s what you’re looking for, you better call in to ask if they’re available before you go.
We got Sweet and Sour Pork for 260php (we expected it to not be cheap considering how the whole place looks), Baked Chicken Cheese Ball for 280php and Yang Chow Fried Rice (forgot the price). Each order serves 2-3 people depending on your appetite.
The Sweet and Sour Pork was exactly how we expected it to be. Sweet, sour, porky and a lot of bell peppers. Nothing really new. Although it didn’t look a lot like Mandarin Wok’s Sweet and Sour Pork, it tasted the same. And Mandarin Wok’s S&S Pork costs only 125php if I’m not mistaken.
The Baked Chicken Cheese Ball caught my eye because I love cheese and the name sounded like the Baked Chicken Rice of Mandarin Wok. I imagined it to be really creamy and cheesy like how it looked on the menu, but it wasn’t like that at all. It has the consistency of soup and you can taste it has butter in it. We described it as tasting like carbonara sauce but I wished it had a more cheesy taste. On the other hand, I loved the broccoli! They were big, fresh looking and fresh tasting!
The service is quick and we didn’t have to wait too long for our food. I even didn’t have the time to take a sip of tea before the food was served.
Overall, it might be a little pricey (with the place given the name “Emperor”, it’s to be expected), but I guess what you’re paying for is the whole experience. The spacious place, courteous crew, fast service and good food. But if you’re on a budget and you just really want the same dishes and maybe even better tasting ones, you can go to Mandarin Wok or North Park.