Chinese New Year at Choi Palace Seafood & Shark’s Fin Restaurant

shredded duck meat w: black pepper sauce
A couple of days ago our family on my father’s side celebrated Chinese New Year. My cousin Bobby chose to have our dinner at Choi Palace in Eastwood Mall.

It was my first time to eat at the sister restaurant of my favorite Chinese restaurant in Manila, Choi Garden. I wondered if the food would be as good.

Instead of passing through Eastwood Mall our driver dropped as off at the lobby of the Richmonde Hotel and we took the elevator up to the 3rd floor to Choi Palace. This was the easiest and most convenient way to reach the restaurant if you have a driver.
Richmonde Hotel
Richmonde Hotel
Richmonde Hotel-1

As expected the restaurant was fully booked. They even had a second seating.
Choi Palace

We entered through the back of the restaurant.
Choi Palace-2

This was at the front of the restaurant if you passed through Eastwood Mall.
Choi Palace-3

Choi Palace-4

Choi Palace-5

Choi Palace-6

Choi Palace-7

The last time I came to Eastwood was to watch Chris Daughtry’s concert in 2008. There wasn’t an Eastwood Mall then. I was amazed at how nice the landscape was.
Eastwood Mall

Eastwood Mall-1

The lights changed colors every few seconds.
Eastwood Mall-2

Their table setting was very un-Chinese looking. Nice!
Choi Palace-8

The lechon macau was lean, crisp and yummy. The jelly fish tasted even better than at Choi Garden. I wouldn’t say the same for the char siu or roast pork asado.
lechon cold cuts
lechon cold cuts

birthday misua
birthday misua

For me this is the best tofu dish. The tofu tasted more like flavored egg custard than plain, bland tofu. Even at Choi Garden this was my favorite dish. Well one of my many favorites.
polon tofu w/ sea cucumber & black mushroom
polon tofu w/ sea cucumber & black mushroom

steamed lapu lapu w: soy sauce
steamed lapu lapu w/ soy sauce

The nice thing about Bobby ordering was all the new dishes I got to try. Whenever we eat at Choi Garden we tend to order the same food.

Their take on cereal prawns was quite satisfactory. The cereal topping wasn’t greasy. It was crisp and tasty.
baked cereal prawns
baked cereal prawns

baked crab w/ salted egg yolk
baked crab w/ salted egg yolk

On the other hand the skin of the Peking duck was very greasy. They didn’t scrape the fat out unlike at Peking Garden.
Peking duck
Peking duck

When we order Peking duck 2 ways we usually order fried duck bones for the second way so we can maximize the meat for wrapping. When I tasted the dish below I thought it was beef in black pepper sauce. I love, love, love it! I later learnt that it was duck meat. The meat was lean, tender and spicy from lots of pepper. This was my most favorite dish that night. I will be sure to order it at Choi Garden next time.

I took home the left overs and ate it for lunch and dinner for 3 consecutive days. It was fantastic with plain rice. Thanks Bobby for ordering this!
shredded duck meat w/ black pepper sauce
shredded duck meat w/ black pepper sauce

The black chicken soup was another first for me. The broth was rich and very flavorful. I had two bowls of soup.
shell meat black chicken soup
shell meat black chicken soup

They put the black chicken from the soup on the table should anyone want to eat it.
black chicken
black chicken

masachi
masachi

hot taro soup
hot taro soup

Mango pudding in big chunks. Where have you been all my life? Delish!!!
mango pudding jelly
mango pudding jelly

It was a very nice dinner. The food was definitely at par with Choi Garden. The service was good considering how full the place was. We never had to wait long for any dish. They also gave us a bottle of wine for free.

Another plus was a roving photographer who took our picture and gave us a copy as a souvenir. Since he gave us only one copy I did took a picture of the picture so I will have my own copy. Smart huh? I should have taken pictures of everyone’s pictures. Duh.
cousins picture
cousins Kevin, moi, Deborah, Bobby and wife Carol and daughter Caitlin

set menu

Choi Palace 

3rd floor, Eastwood Mall
Libis, Quezon City
telephone: 706-7807 to 09

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