Birthday Dinner at Choi Garden

It’s unbelievable but I ate at Choi Garden at lunch and dinner on my birthday! At lunch I treated our office staff but at dinner I was a guest. My birthday happens to fall on the same day as uncle E  so it was his birthday dinner I attended. The food we ate at dinner was far from the from the food we had at lunch in terms of price and choices.

dinner menu

We started with cold cuts – roast pork, soy chicken, sliced beef, cucumbers.

cold cuts

The special treat for dinner was the whole Australian abalone per person. It was really, really tender and flavorful.

Australian abalone

Next was this giant live lobster.

The lobster was cooked in the Chinese way with superior sauce. The sauce was very rich and buttery. The lobster despite it’s size was soft and succulent.


lobster in superior sauce


wintermelon soup w/ crabmeat & dried scallops


Peking duck

The leftover duck was cut up into pieces, seasoned and fried again. It wasn’t on the menu but they decided to do it for us. It was sooooo good to eat the spicy and tasty bones of the duck. Some pieces had more meat than others but either way it was still good.

fried duck bones


polunchay w/ 2 kinds of eggs


birthday misua

The beautiful caramel birthday cake was from Estrel’s in Quezon City. Estrel’s is well known for their caramel cake.

I brought this lemon torte from Classic Confections.They’re now my favorite cake source.
I love the crunchy meringue layers and the tangy lemon curd. It was a refreshing change from chocolate cakes.

We had the same cake shop in mind. Their family in turn gave me Nono’s chocolate oblivion cake. This in my book is the best chocolate cake in Manila.

As usual the food was excellent. It was a dinner worthy of the celebrant’s special day.
Choi Garden Menu
Choi Garden Seafood and Shark’s Fin Restaurant
12 Annapolis St.
cor. Purdue St.
San Juan, Metro Manila
telephone: 727-6042
Estrel’s Caramel Cakes
54 Scout Tobias Corner Scout Limbaga
Laging Handa, QC
telephone: 372-2965

Classic Confections
2/F of Greenbelt 5
Makati City
telephone: 746-2773, 490-7896

4/F 87 West Capitol Drive,
Barrio Kapitolyo, Pasig City
telephone: 729-9243; 0917-524-5892 




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