Chinese New Year dinner at Gloria Maris restaurant

lapu lapu w/ tauso
The Chinese population in the Philippines is very small so Chinese New Year is not a public holiday. We usually celebrate it simply by having dinner with family in a Chinese restaurant. This year my cousin Bobby chose Gloria Maris in Greenhills as the venue for our family reunion. Gloria Maris is one of the biggest Chinese restaurants in Manila. As expected the whole restaurant was fully booked for the night.


Goria Maris CNY
ground floor
Goria Maris CNY-1

Goria Maris CNY-2
reservation list for the ground floor

Goria Maris CNY-7

We occupied two tables on the 2nd floor. We were there early so the place was still empty. I enjoyed the peace and quiet which lasted for all of 20 minutes.
Goria Maris CNY-3

Goria Maris CNY-4

gloria maris
stitched photo

Goria Maris CNY-6
reservation list for the 2nd floor
Goria Maris CNY-5

Most Chinese restaurants serve peanuts and they come in all shapes and flavors. Some have the skin on, some glisten with oil and salt while some have loads of garlic. These peanuts were dry roasted and didn’t have any visible salt. They were one of the best peanuts I’ve ever eaten. I could taste the peanuts’ natural sweetness and flavor.
peanuts
peanuts

Despite the restaurant’s full capacity, the service was surprisingly good. We never had to wait for the food. Overall the food was satisfactory considering the kitchen had to cook for at least 100 tables all at the same time. There wasn’t really anything outstanding. I was just happy everything was edible and nothing to complain about.
assorted cold cuts
assorted cold cuts

steamed shrimp
steamed shrimp

seafood noodles
noodles

Peking duck
Peking duck

mashed taro w/ golden mushroom
mashed taro w/ golden mushroom

wintermelon soup
wintermelon soup

braised mushrooms
braised mushrooms

minced duck in lettuce cups
minced duck in lettuce cups

lapu lapu w/ tauso
lapu lapu w/ tauso

Tauso or crispy soy bean is a slightly salty and nutty topping usually used on steamed fish. It’s a favorite way of serving fresh fish in Chinese restaurants in Manila. The crispy soy bean adds a delicious flavor and texture to the smooth and delicate fish. This product comes from Taiwan. If you can find this in your local Asian store I suggest you try it. Simply add a few spoonfuls to your steamed fish fillet and you’ll find yourself with an empty jar in no time at all.
Tauso or fried crispy soy bean
tauso or fried crispy soy bean

masachi
masachi or mochi
(glutinous rice balls stuffed w/ a black sesame filling)

ube jelly
ube or purple jam jelly

almond jelly w/ lychee
almond jelly w/ lychee

almond jelly w/ lychee

In the middle of dinner 2 dragons swooped down on us and created a racket. Well human dragons anyway. Notice the dragons being fed red packets of lucky money. The dragons are supposed to bring good luck to the establishment and to the people who feed them the red packets.

Gloria Maris
Greenhills Shopping Center,
Ortigas Avenue, San Juan
telephone: 722-5508 to 10, 721-3504

8 thoughts on “Chinese New Year dinner at Gloria Maris restaurant

  1. Too bad no pictures of the people attending the reunion.   My mom is here in NJ visiting us and I have been showing her your blog.   We enjoyed going over the pictures of the  New Years celebration held at your place.  She was kinda disappointed that your blog on Chinese New Year did not include pictures of our relatives.  Maybe she’s feeling home-sick : (  Food-wise, I kinda agree with you that nothing looks outstanding in the sense that these are typical dishes we’ve had at upscale Chinese restaurants.  The only thing that stands out by it’s novelty is the mashed taro w/ golden mushrooms.  Would have loved to try that. –Jerome

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  2. seeing how u frequent chinese restaurants, may i ask for suggestions on where to eat and what to eat? which is better— peking garden, choi or gloria maris? i plan to have a small bday celebration with my fam (around 6) and plan to spend around 3k. willing to spend more if its THAT good hehe meat dishes are fine but wed prefer veggie/seafood dishes… any suggestions? i am not very familiar with these restaurants so id greatly  appreciate any recommendations 🙂

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  3. ask ko lang po.. what kind of seaweed they used in cold cuts combination.. kc i have been looking for that specific seaweed .. i hope you can help me.. thank u so much

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  4. ask ko lang po.. what kind of seaweed they used in cold cuts combination.. kc i have been looking for that specific seaweed .. i hope you can help me.. thank u so much

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